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Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound

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Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound

Time: September 10, 2014 at 12am to September 26, 2014 at 12pm
Location: The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
Street: 135 Bedford Ave.
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY11211
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Phone: (718) 486-6012
Event Type: artdeadline, ad.c-sample-ops
Organized By: The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
Latest Activity: Sep 15, 2014

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International Deadline: September 26, 2014 - Throughout human history, paper has been essential in countless developments that have transformed the way we think, live, and act. Paper as we know it today originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). The ancient Silk Road eventually brought paper to the West, where it was quickly adopted and widely used. Since its genesis, paper has been valued for its relatively easy, cost-effective production and functional versatility.

In 1453, Johann Gutenberg invented the first printing press in Germany - an innovation that revolutionized the spread of information and initiated a proliferation of literacy and scholarship.

For centuries, printed publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, flyers and pamphlets were the primary sources for information and communication. In recent years, however, these printed publications are becoming obsolete as we increasingly rely on digital platforms. In addition to this paradigm shift, environmental concerns are cited as reason to abandon published print and reduce paper products in favor of a more eco-friendly digital alternative.

Artists who use paper as the primary medium for their artworks defy the mainstream understanding of books as antiquated artifacts and paper as a cheap, disposable commodity. These materials are used as points of departure for infinite creative possibilities achieved through drawing, painting, cutting, carving, printing, folding, sculpting, and assembling art that highlights the universality of paper.

The WAH Center presents "Over The Edge: Paperworks Unbound" - a group art exhibition exploring the many artistic usages of paper and how paper has the ability to connect people of all different backgrounds. Artists are encouraged to submit both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works:

  • 2-D works may include: printmaking (woodcut, engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, lithography, serigraphy, monoprint); illustration; drawing; photography; watercolor; etc.
  • 3-D works may include: sculpture; installations: papier-mache; architectural models; industrial design projects; origami; etc.

In this spirit, our open call provides an opportunity for outstanding artists to showcase work to new audiences in the prominent art community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, and to national and international visitors.

Co-curated by Yuko Nii & Rebecca Cuomo.
Show Dates: Saturday, October 25 - Sunday, November 23, 2014

We are now accepting submissions for the "Over The Edge: Paperworks Unbound" show.

Artists worldwide, working on/with paper.

Visit WAH Center for Hard Copy Prospectus and Application.

The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center is a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic community, and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, emerging and established artists, and artists of all disciplines. Thus through the international language of art we come to understand each other to create a more peaceful and integrated world. The WAH Center is a force for peace and understanding and it's concept is incorporated in its acronym: 'WAH' in Japanese means 'peace' or 'harmony' or 'unity'.

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