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January Issue 2005

Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, Features Exhibition of Works on Paper

The biennial exhibition, Art on Paper, showcases unique works made on (or of) paper from across the country. The exhibition on view through Jan. 23, 2005, at Weatherspoon Art Museum, at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC, marks the 38th anniversary of the exhibition. Ninety artists will be represented including thirty from the southeast, the remainder being a cross-section of artists from New York to Honolulu.

Since the inaugural exhibition in 1965, Art On Paper has come to exemplify the adventurous and vital spirit that infuses the mission of the Weatherspoon Art Museum: to exhibit, interpret, and preserve modern and contemporary art. As in past exhibitions, selected work will be made primarily of paper, and will include a broad range of media: drawings, unique photographs, collages, digital work, found-object works, and mixed media.

As a special component to this year's exhibition, Greensboro native Phoebe Washburn will create a site-specific, room-sized installation in the second floor Gallery 6. Washburn's intriguing and complex works have received much acclaim around the country. Her Weatherspoon installation will resemble a rolling landscape constructed of huge coils of newspapers that were collected throughout the past year.

Art on Paper 2004 demonstrates the diversity of art today in which paper is a primary component. Among the participating artists are: Imi Hwangbo (Athens, GA) who constructs her works on paper through a process that is both sculptural and surgical. She cuts and colors sheets of translucent vellum to create patterns of color, shape and depth. Eric Wolf's (New York) ink on paper landscape effectively explores the black and white palette as it flips back and forth between positive and negative, and abstraction and representation. Wolf takes recognizable objects - trees, clouds, rocks, and water - as a starting point in creating these bold, large-scale, psychedelic compositions.

Patrick Lee (Los Angeles) is an artist working in miniatures and prop-making for motion picture special effects. He is also an accomplished draftsman and recently created Deadly Friends, a series of individual composites that are minimal, tough and quite surreal. Throughout his distinguished career, Charles Garabedian (Los Angeles) has developed a visual vocabulary that draws from both art history and contemporary culture. Ozymandias #3 is a surreal battleground where broken statuary, American flags, and burning shacks mix with abstract shapes and patterns.

Steve Mumford

Painter Steve Mumford (New York) treats his realist imagery with expressionist paint handling. He is represented in the exhibition by three watercolors from his Baghdad Journals series, in which he chronicles his recent experiences in Baghdad's chaotic streets, among US soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Dean Smith (Berkeley, CA) makes striking abstract images through a cumulative process of repetitive mark-making. thought form #3 hovers in the center of a large sheet of paper like a futuristic robot or an arrangement of geometric containers.

The Art On Paper artists are: Michael Ananian, Greensboro, NC; Alice Attie, New York, NY; Marty Baird, Raleigh, NC; Melissa Ball, Greensboro, NC; Ginny Bishton, Los Angeles, CA; Josh Blackwell, Los Angeles, CA; Pearl Blauvelt (1893-1987), Starrucca, PA; Suzanne Bocanegra, New York, NY; iona rozeal brown, Washington, DC; Ashlynn Browning, Raleigh, NC; Leigh Burton, New York, NY; Chris Caccamise, Brooklyn, NY; Barbara Campbell, Greensboro, NC; Megan Canning, Brooklyn, NY; Enrique Chagoya, San Francisco, CA; Michelle Charles, London, England; Dawn Clements, Brooklyn, NY; Max Cole, New York, NY; Christopher Cook, Exeter, England; Margarida Correia, New York, NY; Alicia Creus, Greensboro, NC; Heea Crownfield, Greensboro, NC; Santiago Cucullu, Milwaukee, WI; Karin Davie, New York, NY; Jym Davis, Greensboro, NC; Teddy De La Riva-Agüero, Chapel Hill, NC; Alison Denyer, Savannah, GA; Steve DiBenidetto, New York, NY; Andy Dunnill, Greensboro, NC; Seth Ellis, Greensboro, NC; Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, San Francisco, CA; William Fields, Winston-Salem, NC; Dan Fischer; Sayville, NY; Roland Flexner, New York, NY; Charles Garabedian, Santa Monica, CA; Bob Gerhart, Greensboro, NC; Katie Grinnan; Los Angeles, CA; Sharon Harper, Greensboro, NC; Oliver Herring, New York, NY; Imi Hwangbo, Athens, GA; Fritz Janschka, Greensboro, NC; Yun-Fei Ji, Brooklyn, NY; Scott Johnson, Greensboro, NC; Kim Jones, New York, NY; Charles Joyner, Cary, NC; Rajkamal Kahlon, New York, NY; Setsuya Kotani, Greensboro, NC; Greg Kwiatek, New York, NY; Jim Lambie, New York, NY, and Glascow, Scotland; Patrick Lee, Los Angeles, CA; Jo Leeds, Greensboro, NC; Joyce Lightbody, Los Angeles, CA; Amy Lixl-Purcell, Greensboro, NC; Alan Loehle, Decatur, GA; John Maggio, Greensboro, NC; Kerry James Marshall, Chicago, IL; Keith Mayerson, New York, NY; Kimowan McClain, Chapel Hill, NC; Sarah McEneaney, Philadelphia, PA; Jason Middlebrook, Brooklyn, NY; Aaron Morse, Los Angeles, CA; Steve Mumford, New York, NY; Wangechi Mutu, Brooklyn, NY; Deborah Nehmad, Honolulu, HI; Timothy Nolan, Los Angeles, CA; Roy Nydorf, Greensboro, NC; Janet Oliver, Greensboro, NC; Howardena Pindell, New York, NY; Elsie Popkin, Winston-Salem, NC; Raquel Rabinovich, Rhinebeck, NY; Raha Raissnia, New York, NY; Roberta Rice, Greensboro, NC; Analia Segal, Brooklyn, NY; Drew Shiflett, New York, NY; Dean Smith, Berkeley, CA; Leah Sobsey, Greensboro, NC; Julie Speed, Austin, TX; Mariam Stephan, Greensboro, NC; Nancy Talbot, Chapel Hill, NC; Merle Temkin, New York, NY; Brad Thomas, Charlotte, NC; Chris Thomas, Greensboro, NC; Susanne Thomas, Greensboro, NC; Thomas Trosch, Los Angeles, CA; James Valerio, Wilmette, IL; Lauretta Vinciarelli, New York, NY; Joe Walters, Charleston, SC; Eric Wolf, New York, NY; and Danny Yahav-Brown, St. Louis, MO.

Art on Paper 2004 continues to enjoy the support of xpedx and the Dillard Fund. For the thirty-eighth time, their funding will make it possible for the Weatherspoon to purchase works from the exhibition. The result is a collection rich in history and rich in the comprehensive view it provides of drawing and other paper works from American modernism to the present.

Weatherspoon will publish a small catalogue to accompany Art On Paper 2004 containing reproductions of selected works and a full exhibition checklist.

The Weatherspoon, home to one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the Southeast, presents more than twenty exhibits and a full host of educational activities annually. Recent exhibitions, such as From Warhol to Pop and Back Again; and Adrian Piper: A Retrospective, and Borne of Necessity have drawn record audiences and critical acclaim.

Exhibitions on view through 2004 include: A Legacy in Line: Matisse and American Drawing, on view through Dec. 12; Beverly McIver, on view through Dec. 19; American Art: 1900 ­ 1960, on view through Dec. 23.

For more information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call 336/334-5770 or at (www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu).

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