First, answer the most obvious questions about the title of your current exhibition at the Narrows Center for the Arts.
Why is it called “19on Paper” when there are only 15 artists exhibiting their works?
In 1986, with the idea of facilitating the appreciation of art on or made of paper, a specific mission statement was made to “provide a cohesive structure for the presentation of paper works by Rhode Island artists.” The group was formed with this in mind. The group of working artists was called 19 on paper, as 19 experts responded to the Clarion’s call.
The group quickly expanded beyond the boundaries of Rhode Island, but the number of members was always around 19, sometimes less and sometimes more.
19 on Paper member artists are active in various visual fields such as painting, prints and sculpture. The title of the show is a tribute to the group.
Paper is a medium that everyone can understand. From filling the lines of the coloring book to the early clumsy sketches of nudity in the drawing class of the life of a novice art student, from dress shirts for men to drawing with magic markers on the hard parts of the cardboard, the goal is clear. .. Page something that wasn’t there before.
Paper art includes decoupage, papier-mache engraving, origami, papermaking, and the art of papermaking itself. But for this particular exhibition, with one exception, paper is just the groundwork. The surface on which the image appears, such as paints, pencils, photographs, collages, and other 2D methodologies.
The exception is Alma Davenport’s “whole / hole”. In this “whole / hole”, pure white paper is attached to a thin panel of matt copper suspended from the wall by a triangle of thin link chains. The word “WHOLE” is printed on paper in all capital letters. O is a solid black circle, the lowercase “hole” is white, and the nails stick out from the holes in the entire hole. It works with unexpected material selection and playful semantics.
Hiroko Kashio’s “Square Series” is a large, lightly painted watercolor grid of beige, khaki, dark green tea, dilute pink and peach. This mainly serves as a study of the relationship between translucency and color, but if you successfully apply dark black to the selected spots, you will get shadows. It’s easy to imagine as an aerial photograph (permitted, no street) near the city or a circuit board of a technology that hasn’t been discovered yet.
“She’s Come Undone” by Cynthia M. DiDonato is an abstract female figure rendered in black, white and red, apparently painted with diluted ink and water-based paint. The title of her work is also the title of Wally Lamb’s 1992 debut novel, which may be reminiscent of the lyrics of her 1969 hit “Undun.” The song from The Guess Who was about a girl who dropped acid and fell into a coma. DiDonato’s image hints at her emotional unraveling, and its bright red bit suggests that her heart is out of alignment.
Kendra Ferreira presents a number of intricately detailed colored pencil drawings that are very photorealists as a medium that has little to do with photorealism. Her themes include Converse sneakers, artichokes, geraniums, stacked teacups, and partially unwrapped Tootsie Pops.
Her “Party Favors” is a white serving dish set with three shiny candy apples. The exact details are just a few feet away, and the eyes are fooled into thinking that it’s a real photo.
There are 15 artists and 91 works of art, and there is a lot to explore. Among the best of the rest: Grace Bentley Scheck’s Lower Manhattan aquatint, photos of Cindy Wison and David Demerim, exquisitely crafted large watercolor still lifes of Alisa Barris and natural scenes of Ammari Gillette, in ink. Rendering, acrylic and hand-painted tape.
“19on Paper” will be on display at the Narrows Arts Center at 16 Anawan Street on Fall River until March 12th.