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[BKARTS] Exalted Trash at Columbia Book & Paper Center



EXALTED TRASH
Patrick Miceli ­ Marc Fischer/Bruno Richard
 
Columbia College Chicago¹s Center for Book & Paper Arts
October 7 ­ December 9, 2006
 
Paper is cheap, abundant and disposed of almost too easily.  Patrick Miceli
deals with fast food packaging one of the most pervasive uses of our
culture¹s use of this resource.  As such, it is a relic left in the wake of
our consumer society.  Each installation uses its own format or strategy to
take recognizable materials and recontextualize them.  In one installation,
flat boxes made from terracotta are arranged on the floor to define a
circle. Viewed from this context each box is a piece of a puzzle containing
a scrap of paper.  Each scrap of paper can be seen as an archeological
keepsake or fetish item in its own reliquary or time capsule.

Paris-based artist Bruno Richard has been publishing books and magazines of
graphic drawings, text and photo-based work since the late 1970s.  He and
Marc Fischer, Chicago-based artist and member of the groups, Temporary
Services and Mess Hall, have engaged in mail correspondence since 1998,
resulting in a mountainous barrage of detritus that Fischer has received
from Richard. Fischer¹s archives of Richard¹s multitudinous mailed packages
have swelled beyond reason.  The scraps of paper, pieces of film, book
layouts, photocopied drawings, give-away postcards, used envelopes, receipts
and clippings from newspapers and obscure sex journals that provide the
source material for Richard¹s work, gives the impression of a manic energy.
This is, however, a controlled concern with one¹s obsessions; an aesthetic
contrivance that has not lost its authenticity.


October 7  - December 9, 2006
Private opening for members, friends & artists  October 6, 5:30 ­ 7:30
Free and open to the public
Monday ­ Saturday 10:00 ­ 6:00
 
Columbia College Chicago¹s Center for Book & Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60605
312-344-6630
book&paper@xxxxxxxxx
www.bookandpaper.org


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