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Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine , Greene Recycling / Destructors VIII, 2013. Elephant hide paper. Photo courtesy of the artists.

June 24 - Sept 16, 2017
Visual Arts Center | Everist Gallery
Above the Fold demonstrates the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami. In the hands of nine international artists, what was once considered a children’s craft becomes a sophisticated global art form. Paper is transformed into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political and aesthetic ideas. Above the Fold is the first traveling exhibition to bring origami installations from around the world to North American audiences.

Visionary master folders—such as Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (USA), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), Richard Sweeney (UK), and Jiangmei Wu (China/USA)—push the boundaries of paper as a medium to create bold, provocative works.
Each artist will create pieces specifically for this tour—their collective works have never been seen before anywhere in the world.

These nine internationally celebrated folders comprise a cross-section of contemporary origami artists, ranging in age from 29 to 71, hailing from four different continents, and working in six different countries. Their origami creations will present original, “above the fold” commentaries on diverse aspects of modern life and art.

The exhibition celebrates these artists who are redefining a traditional Japanese craft as a modern global genre, inventing unexpected forms of artistic expression. IA&A hopes to produce an accompanying exhibition catalogue with essays that explore the nine artists’ ingenuity, showcasing their vibrant oeuvres with full-color images of their most significant pieces.

Above the Fold was developed by International Arts & Artists and independent curator, author and educator Meher McArthur, former curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California.

Above the Fold is curated by Meher McArthur and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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