Summer is the big season for exhibitions and there are a few coming up that I have the privilege of participating in.
The first is “Surface to Structure”, an origami exhibition at the Cooper Union (no relation) in New York.
Cooper Union was the site of the first origami exhibition in the U.S. back in 1959, featuring some of the greatest origami artists of the time. The exhibition this year promises several big names in contemporary origami and some of the most beautiful origami artwork around. The show will run from June 19th to July 4th and is free and open to the public, so if you’re in New York you should definitely check it out.
I’m currently preparing work for two shows coming up in August.
The Origami Museum of Zaragoza in Spain (the first and as far as I know only museum in Europe dedicated to origami) rotates exhibitions every two months or so (They’ve just wrapped up a retrospective of Akira Yoshizawa). I’m planning on contributing a few pieces for the August exhibition.
Also in August there will be a showing at the Michael Good Gallery in Rockport, Maine. I will be sharing space with jewelry artist Sarah Doremus and sculptor Greg Pinto. This should be an interesting venue for me since it will be the first time since the local art festival more than a decade ago that my work will be shown not as part of an origami exhibition. It should be interesting to see how it is accepted alongside artwork of other media.
So for the next couple of months you won’t be seeing much in my online shop as all my efforts will be directed toward creating new work for these shows.
At least for now.
I’ve finally finished some new pieces that I can post for sale in my Zibbet shop.
Naga and Goliath are two new variations based on a design that I’ve used for models like Asterius and others, a design I’ve been playing around with since 2009 (you can see the germ of it here). The design is based on a grid oriented horizontally rather than vertically, which is a surprisingly challenging.
I revisited an early design for Aelfred as well – Poseidon here from back in the day – another model I’ve always liked, but which still had some design issues I wanted to address. I like how they’ve been reconciled with Aelfred. For one thing, angry Poseidon can finally shut his mouth!
Ben Parker, an artist whom I’ve mentioned before, has started a kickstarter to help fund an exhibition of his new work. You can learn more about it and maybe kick in a few bucks here. At this moment he is about a third of the way to his goal.
Ben continues to push the boundaries of origami by a sort of cross-pollination with photography. A traditional “photogram” (as opposed to a photograph) is created by placing objects on a piece of photosensitive paper and exposing the whole to light, thereby preserving an image of the objects’ shadows. Ben has eliminated the object and instead folds the photosensitive paper in a darkroom, then exposes the origami to light. The paper thereby takes a picture of itself. It’s all very existential somehow. I’ve never heard of anyone doing anything quite like this, and I kinda wish I had thought of it myself.
So even if you won’t be able to make it to Connecticut for the exhibition you can donate some money to defray the various expenses and receive a piece of original art for your very own.
Two new masks in my Zibbet shop:
and the Prophet
Well I had some unexpected traffic from ThisIsColossal and Laughing Squid and other websites at the same time that I decided to have a seasonal sale. Everything sold out. I did not expect that. Since there has been so much interest I wanted to have at least a couple more masks available before sale ended and although I’ve been folding like a madman lately, I have not been able to do as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I did manage to finish these two, and though the sale was supposed to end Monday I’ve decided to offer both at reduced prices for a little while longer.
Courtesy of Metafilter, I was introduced to the Special Collections and Archives at the University of Iowa’s tumblr. Go there! Click on that link! You think an archival library must be a sombre and boring place – just see for yourself. See flying squirrels! Teeny tiny books with their own teeny tiny bookstands! How about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as illustrated by Salvador Dali! And so much more!
(They have lots of cool gifs and other surprises there too)
Two new masks for sale at my Zibbet shop -
The sale is still in effect until January 6, 2014, so expect the prices to go up if these two are still around by then.
These masks are similar designs; brothers, so to speak, both evolving from explorations of the same design. Magnus would be the older brother – Sargon is a variation on the same theme but a bit more compact in design (specifically Magnus is based on a 96 crease grid and Sargon on an 80 crease grid, for whomever may be concerned).
Sargon is painted with raw umber and iridescent green underpainting and silver glaze on top. Magnus has a blue underpainting and is finished with metallic paints with granular mica that gives it a slightly roughened texture.
Two new masks for sale at my Zibbet store:
Asterius is based on a model I did some time ago that I called the “Imp”, but with some elaboration on the horns and a more flamboyant background. The flame motif and the somewhat bullish look of the face inspired me to name this one Asterius (or Asterion if you prefer), the mythical figure associated with the Cretan bull of the sun and sometimes identified as the famous Minotaur of the labyrinth.
Homunculus was a prototype with characteristics that would later find their way into several later designs. He’s kind of funny looking, but I think he’s cute. He looks more like an imp, but I already used that name so I call him a homunculus. He’s dressed up with a very nice glaze of mica infused metallic paint that gives him a pewter-like appearance.
I am offering 30% off of anything in my Etsy and Zibbet stores for a limited time. Use the coupon code PAPER30 at the time of purchase at my Etsy shop and 30% will be deducted from the entire purchase. I can’t make coupons on Zibbet, but you will see the list prices there are already reduced from the usual price.
There’s still time to get a present that you can be sure they don’t already have.
The offer is good until January 6 of next year, so if the holidays come and go and you find to your dismay that nobody has given you an origami mask for Christmas, you still have time to get one for yourself.
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyous Solstice and a Fabulous Festivus for the rest of us!