- The End Papers: Experiments on Paper by Sto Len
Sto Len's current mono-prints look like punk rock paper marbling. They’re dense with color - like the book-binders’ papers with which we’re familiar, and they possess a similar complexity of pattern. But Sto’s prints renounce the fussiness and precision historically associated with the decorative process of paper marbling, and celebrate instead its potential for spontaneous action and gestural mark making. Sto pours, squeezes and sprays various paints and oils into buckets or giant kiddie pools filled with water. He uses an elongated brush to disturb and distress the film forming on top of the liquid and then he waits, coming back hours later to see what patterns have literally floated to the surface of his experiments. He then drags or dips a sheet of paper across or into the vessel and captures the pigmented film (as well as any dust, dirt or errant bugs) floating there. The results are evocative residues of private collaborations with natural forces - gravity, buoyancy, tension and chance.
Regarding the monoprints in this exhibition, the artist notes that “although not performed in front of people, the performative aspect of the process is a big part of these works. Each piece is a document of that moment in time, the process of putting the paper in my prepared paint bath and pulling it out to dry feels similar to developing a photo in a chemical bath.”
Wayfarers is proud to present Sto's exhibition of monoprints: The End Papers as our first show of 2016.
The End Papers
Experiments on Paper by Sto Len
January 8 - February 7
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8. 7 - 10 pm
- For several years, Jimenez has collected Spanish and American colonial images and texts, alongside familial narratives, keepsakes and photos from the Philippines. Using these objects, she attempts to piece together an understanding of personal origin, place, history and heritage. Her research, however, has yielded more questions than answers, exposing the gaps in the historical record. Jimenez’s confrontation with the ambiguous and the unknown is the foundation of Remnants.
In this new body of work, the artist imagines her source images and objects as artifacts lost decades ago, buried in the earth and the sea. These include traditional piña fabrics, Spanish colonial photographs, and family furniture. Jimenez has excavated them, only to find they have been completely transformed by the passage of time and nature’s elements. Whether caked in earth, clay, crystallized salt and/or oxidized metals, these mutated objects now only evoke brief moments of vague familiarity. The original information has been altered, erased or disguised by their physical shift. Jimenez is interested in the idea that they are in a continued state of transforming, remaining undefined.
By placing these images and objects on display, the artist reclaims them and gives them new life. The works are meant to disrupt linear chronology, and collapse the space between written history and embodied memories within the individual. Jimenez is interested in pointing towards what is beyond the canonized narrative, to contemplate what remains invisible and absent.
Wayfarers is so proud to present Remnants, a solo show of new sculptures and works on paper by Sara Jimenez.
Opening Date: Friday Feb 19th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday Feb 19th – Sunday March 20th
Wayfarers Gallery Hours: Sundays, 1-5pm
And this Month on TOBY!
- Selected Works by Philip Hunter Bell
Curated by Brittany Natale
"I seek to understand the essence of materials and process. Through trial, error and experimentation, my work reveals itself as iterations of this exploration. Each piece is sequential, such as a page in a journal of my experimentation." - Philip Hunter Bell
Philip Hunter Bell draws inspiration from organic and mechanical systems. He is a design generalist, working within 3d, graphic, paper engineering, fashion and textile dyeing. He is happiest during the process of making.
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