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Fine Arts Faculty and Alumni in Paperworks at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Craft & Folk Art Museum
Fine Arts Faculty and Photography Program Director Soo Kim and Grad Fine Arts alumni Lorenzo Hurtado (’07 MFA) and Chris Oatey (’06 MFA) will exhibit their work in Paperworks at the Craft & Folk Art Museum.
The exhibit will feature Kim’s cut-up and recomposed large-scale color photographs of global cityscapes; Segovia’s suspended thatched paper banners in an arrangement the viewer can enter and navigate; and Oatey’s carbon-coated crumpled formation that climbs the wall to become the roof over an emergency corridor.
Paperworks examines the range of work by fifteen contemporary artists with strong ties to Los Angeles who use paper as their primary medium. Their art comprises two-dimensional cut-outs and collages; free-standing sculptures; and large-scale installations that engage the architecture of the museum’s gallery space. Many of the works are created newly for this presentation. Paperworks, organized for the Craft & Folk Art Museum by independent curator Howard N. Fox, is on view from September 27, 2015 through January 3, 2016. An illustrated catalogue including texts on each artist will accompany the exhibition.
In the digital age, when astronomical quantities of information are transmitted, stored, and manipulated as binary code in “The Cloud,” paper often carries connotations of being obsolescent, environmentally unsound, and antithetical to the green ideal. Yet paper – typically manufactured from a mash of vegetal fibers and chemicals – is among the most versatile and malleable of substances, lending itself to a vast array of manipulations. The contemporary works of the fifteen artists in Paperworks use paper’s inherent qualities to embody their most stirring creative ideas. Read more here.