New exhibition ‘Paper’ opens in Belfast
BELFAST — Åarhus Gallery will open its new show “Paper” with a public reception on Friday, April 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show runs from April 3 through April 27 and features artwork that speaks of paper, including but not limited to works on paper, works about paper, or works made of paper.
The earliest use of paper in history is the wrapping paper for a bronze mirror from about 180 B.C. unearthed in China. However, paper as we know it didn't become used by the common person until after the 1840s when mass produced wood pulp paper, the steam powered printing press, the fountain pen, and the pencil came on line all at about the same time. This perfect storm of technological advances caused ground shaking shifts in the 19th century economy and societies of the world's industrial nations.
Paper enabled, and still enables, the common people to express their ideas for the world to reflect upon. Not the least of which are the quiet revelations of a child upon seeing a family likeness in their scibbles on a piece of newsprint, the quick sketch of a problem solved on the back of an envelope, or the poetry in the stark simplicity of a paper cut.
Featured artists for the exhibition include: Daniel Anselmi, Constance Cossette, Maryjean Crowe, David Estey, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Leslie Miller, Ben Potter, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Dyan Ross, and Kari Van Tine.
Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. in Belfast. Operating under winter hours, the gallery is open February through May, Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com.