Arts & entertainment

The art and possibility of paper

Arvada Center’s three summer exhibits explore how paper is used to make art

Posted 5/30/17

Paper is not just a canvas on which art can be created. In its myriad incarnations — tissue, cast, folded and countless others — it can also be used as the medium and form of creative expression.

And that’s just what the artists in the …

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Arts & entertainment

The art and possibility of paper

Arvada Center’s three summer exhibits explore how paper is used to make art

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Paper is not just a canvas on which art can be created. In its myriad incarnations — tissue, cast, folded and countless others — it can also be used as the medium and form of creative expression.

And that’s just what the artists in the Arvada Center’s three summer exhibitions — Stan Meyer: Poetic Presence, Paper on Paper: The Art of Chine-Collé, and Paper.Works — did.

“We’ve been wanting to do a paper show here for a while,” said Kristin Bueb, exhibition coordinator at the center. “In the exhibits, we tried to find a mix of representational and abstract works. Some of these artists have shown here before, but for others, this is their first time.”

The three exhibits run at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., June 1 through Aug. 20. Galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The galleries also remain open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theater performances.

In the Main Gallery, Paper.Works exhibits the work of 20 artists who work in paper. The works on display range from miniature, extraordinarily detailed creations to huge sculptures and wall installations.

“This is the first time I’ve seen this work installed at full size,” said Peter Yumi, whose massive work, “The Mark of the Beast SOS,” hangs in the gallery. “The piece is about the 2016 election, how people reacted to it and acted toward each other on social media.”

Yumi’s creation blends classical images from Greek and biblical myths with distortions and images from modern society.

“It was a tremendous challenge doing it in the time span I had, but I get teary-eyed seeing it now,” he said. “I hope people who see it ask some questions and take a look at online behavior and how we communicate.”

The Theatre Gallery is home to Paper on Paper: The Art of Chine-Collé, which features the work of Mark Lunning, Ken Elliott, Jane Braley, Lynn Heitler and Amy Metier — printmakers who utilize the technique of chine-collé in creative ways.

Chine-collé is a printmaking process that transfers a print onto a support surface and thinner, more delicate papers that become a part of the printed image, according to information provided by the center. The end result is a piece that appears both simple and of great depth.

In the Upper Gallery, visitors will see the works of Stan Meyer in his exhibit, Poetic Presence. Meyer creates flat-woven pieces out of roofing paper, taking inspiration from the designs of ancient cultures like the Celts and Maori, nature and architecture.

“I like the idea of language and calligraphy,” Meyer explained. “I want the pieces to be something positive, and that means different things to different people.”

Creating his large-scale works requires a lot of time and attention to detail, especially during the weaving portion of their creation.

“For me, it’s all about the language and shape,” he said. “What’s great about abstracts is you can take whatever you want out of them.”

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