Opening Reception: Friday, August 7th, 5-8pm The Argo House, 529 25th Street, Ogden UT
This August, Carper Contemporary presents Paper Projects, a group exhibition featuring five artists who each use the intimate material of paper as their primary medium. Exhibited artwork reflects the scope of this material through distinct female voices from Utah’s contemporary art scene including Amanda Lee, Anna Laurie Mackay, Elise Wehle, Lydia Gravis and Ya’el Pedroza. Exhibiting artists hail from Ogden, Logan, Orem, and Salt Lake City. Paper Projects opens with an artist reception on August 7th from 5-8pm at The Argo House, held in conjunction with Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll. All CDC guidelines and regulations will be followed for the opening event and face masks are encouraged.
Seemingly fragile or impermanent, works on paper are often undervalued in the art world or overlooked by collectors, who give more clout to canvas and oil paint than paper and pencil. But this genre has become an art mode of its own, going beyond studies and studio experiments to encompass a variety of methods including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking and beyond. The intimate and immediate practice of working with paper cultivates freedom and innovation, as the artist may feel more allowances to experiment with this moldable material. Paper processes can also tend toward the meticulous, evidenced in Paper Projects by Elise Wehle and Anna Laurie Mackay’s hand cut compositions, or Lydia Gravis’ complex abstraction. Amanda Lee introduces the processes of screen-printing and lithography, while Ya’el Pedroza incorporates airbrush, acrylic paint and plastic in pieces that deal with the interplay of humans and nature. Linking the artists’ work is the collective desire to present ephemeral moments, liminal spaces and felt experience through physical processes that are often meditative or repetitious. The all-female roster also speaks to the evolution of women in the art world, who, similarly to the presented medium, were long undervalued or overlooked in mainstream gallery and museum scenes and who are finally taking their place in the public eye through solo exhibitions or female-focused shows.
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