Over The Edge: Paperworks Unbound


  • Williamsburg Art and Historical Center 135 Broadway Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States

Gallery Hours: Fri – Sun, 12 noon to 6:00 PM
(except on the opening day, Sat. October 25, 4 – 6 PM)

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 4-6 PM
Juried by Claire Gilman, Curator at the Drawing Center

Featured Art: "Amp"

Curated by Yuko Nii, Assisted by Rebecca Cuomo 

With Special Guest Artists Beatrice Coron, Doug Beube, Li Hongbo, and Wang Lei

We were very surprised and pleased by the response we received for our open call for Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound. We received so many entries of high quality from around the country and even from abroad, that we decided to have the show in two parts. It is indeed a survey of how creative artists are using paper from traditional ways to extreme invention.

About Paper: Throughout human history, paper has been essential in countless developments that have transformed the way we think, live, and act. Paper as we know it today originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The ancient Silk Road eventually brought paper to the West, where it was quickly adopted and widely used. Since its genesis, paper has been valued for its relatively easy, cost-effective production and functional versatility.

In 1453, Johann Gutenberg invented the first printing press in Germany – an innovation that revolutionized the spread of information and initiated a proliferation of literacy and scholarship. For centuries, printed publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, flyers and pamphlets were the primary sources for information and communication. In recent years, however, these printed publications are becoming obsolete as we increasingly rely on digital platforms. In addition to this paradigm shift, environmental concerns are cited as reason to abandon published print and reduce paper products in favor of a more eco-friendly digital alternative.

Artists who use paper as the primary medium for their artworks defy the mainstream understanding of books as antiquated artifacts and paper as a cheap, disposable commodity. These materials are used as points of departure for infinite creative possibilities achieved through drawing, painting, cutting, carving, printing, folding, sculpting, and assembling art that highlights the universality of paper.

Artists in the show: 
Caroline Absher, Tracey Adams, Kayo Albert, Margery Appelbaum, Caroline Armijo, Julio Austria, Ayako Bando, Bienvenido Banez, Zahra Banyamerian, Paul Baumann, Diana Baumbach, Olivia Beens, Riccardo Berlingeri, Liz Biddle, Lauren Blankstein, Meg Bloom, Tomek Bogacki, Rachel Borenstein, Duane Bousfield, Beryl Brenner, Jessica Brett, Sarah E. Brook, Melissa Capasso, Brooks Cashbaugh, Joe Castro, Pei-Wan Cheng, Diane Cherr, Yun-Woo Choi, Blake Conroy, Pam Cooper, Fabrice Covelli, Ivy Dachman, Cheryl Dawdy, Julie de Bastion, Madeline de Joly, Ana de la Cueva, Amy De Loach (Chow), Val Dyshlov, Julie Eisenberg Pitman, Richard Ensor, Donna Faranda, Dylan Thomas Farrell, Carol Flax, Carol Flueckiger, Carmen Frank, Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Debra Friedkin, Faith Gabel, Julien Gardair, Helga Gasser, Joseph Gegen, “Aziza” Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Debbie Gioello, Noble Golden, Eleanor Goldstein, Glen Goodenough, Grigory Gurevich, Yao Hai, Michael Hambouz, Susan Handwerker, Richard Hatter, Jonathan Herbert, Ed Herman, Ben Hilario-Caguiat, Halona Hilbertz, Megan Hildebrandt, Marilyn Honigman, Judith Eloise Hooper, Tom Hooper, Yuko Horiguchi, Richard Hricko, Yasmina Huckins, Jeannine Hunter Lazzaro, Yoko Iwanaga, Susan Jacobs, Eloa Jane, Jennifer Jones, Sun Young Kang, Yuriko Katori, Mark Keffer, Noelle King, Sonomi Kobayashi, Natalia Koren Kopf, Sarah Lejeune, Lee Lee & Susanna Mitchell, Kristen Letts Kovak, Nathaniel Lewis, Jen Lightfoot, Jennifer Lillis, Eric Lindveit, Nicholaus Maiorana, Ellen Mandelbaum, Maria Mangano, Stephanie Marcus, Hildy Maze, Ceci Cole McInturff, Jack McWorter, Michael Mendel, Shoko Miki, Quinn Milton, Gail Michell, Ankica Mitrovska, Christopher Moss, Chieko Murasugi, Suyeon Na, Irmari Nacht, Delfina Nahrgang, Masaya Nakayama, Heidi Nam, Sara Nili, Elaine Norman, Morgan O’Hara, Seamus O’Rourke, Kyu Seok Oh, Paulette Omura, Sara Owens, PD Packard, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Marla Pazmino, Chris Perry, Luciana Pinchiero, Jennifer Primosch, Nancy Raen-Mendez, Natalie Reichman, Jacques Roch, Jason Rondinelli, Darcy Rosenberger, Donna Ruff, Laurie Russell, Jane Sangerman, Mira Satryan, Robert Saywitz, Carol Scavotto, Hannah Schilsky, Gloria Schuster, Carl Schutt, Sylvia Schwartz, Katherine Sehr, Mareilis Seyler, Qi Shan, Sacchi Shimoda, Pamela Shipley, Brick Shoemaker, Ruby Silvious, Linda Smith, Joel Solivan, Susan Steeg, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Diego Terros, Justin Terry, Maximilian Thuemler, Suzanne Tick, Sally Tosti, Katherine Toukhy, Karol Turan, Jania Vanderwerff, Clemence Vazard, John Vinklarek, Cynthia Laureen Vogt, Sarah Wang, Jeff Watts, Yookam Westfield, Mary Westring, Jon Whitfill, Carlton Whittle, Marcia Widenor, Dale Williams, Joshua Willis, Kathlyn Wilson, Ellie Winberg, Kumi Yamashita, King Yan Fina Yeung, April Zanne Johnson, Minglu (Lulu) Zheng, Angie Zielinski, Abby Zonies