Art on Paper – a strange conglomerate of art projected onto 2D paper and 3D art made of the medium itself- is tacked away into no less strange corner of Manhattan. The show invitation provided address of 299 State St; it occupied a hangar (warehouse?) on Pier 36 at LES. To get there one has to exit subway and then walk along in the dark under FDR Drive for 20 min, passing parked fire tracks and menacing warehouses behind chicken wire fences.
VIP invite doesn’t really give you any privileges other than being able to jump the line; inside you’re just one among surprisingly huge crowd, trying to move away from turbulent cash bar to the aisles with booths.
Passing the obligatory articles by self-important political activists (giant portrait of Che made of tiny matchbook-size paper pieces installed on angle; paper-mache tomb “stone” to D. Trump glued to plastic turf rug; talentless “ghetto” applications) I looked above the heads of the crowd seeking genuine creative spirit.
There were plenty.
Japanese artist (sculptor? engineer?) Wataru Ito and his amazingly detailed models of industrial nirvana, each small piece taking 1.5-2 weeks of concentrated work. Albrecht Durer – yes, actual Durer. First ever photo of a snowflake – and biography of the author. Bright and humorous work of Rebecca Houssack. Gorgeous stacks of died handmade paper – oh, I wanted them all! – resembling miniature geological formations. Sketches made by architects. Ink drawing, pen drawings, collages, watercolor. Japanese, Australian, Chinese, American.
You can look at them too, here.