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[BKARTS] Pulp Function: An exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. Through January 6, 2008.
Contact: Kristin Villiotte, Communications Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 19, 2007 - JANUARY 6, 2008
Brockton, MA - Paper, that humble material that we use daily and take for
granted, becomes material for art in Pulp Function, on exhibit at Fuller
Craft Museum May 19, 2007 through January 6, 2008. Curated by Lloyd Herman,
Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery, Pulp
Function is a survey of contemporary paper art that celebrates new works of
paper art with over eighty objects by emerging and established artists from
across America. Pulp Function will debut at Fuller Craft Museum before
traveling to museums across the country including Plains Art Museum, ND and
the James Michener Museum, PA.
Functional, and often beautiful, objects have been made from paper for
centuries. In recent decades paper has taken on a whole new life, however.
No longer just a surface on which to create art, paper has become the art.
Paper has been cast into sculptural reliefs, made into bowls, and emerged as
a popular material for baskets, wall hangings and sculpture. Pulp Function
explores all aspects of paper as a medium for art, including vessels,
jewelry, clothing, furniture, books and sculpture.
According to curator Lloyd Herman, "This survey exhibition explores
creativity in paper today across America, expressing beauty as its principal
function." Themes such as commodity, domesticity and decoration are explored
in objects that blur the line between art, craft and design. Works like
Sylvia Seventy's cast paper vessels, Mia Hall's tissue and paper towel
wedding dress and Long-Bin Chen's Buddah head made from Chinese phone books
are exciting objects and important markers in the evolution of paper as art.
Herman says, "Since the 1960's we have seen glass, forged steel, wood
turning and basketry revived as innovative materials for artistic
expression. New materials such as paper clay and precious metal clay have
entered the art vocabulary, fusing traditional materials with new
technology. But it is also one of the world's most familiar, and expendable,
materials-paper that will continue to inspire artists and designers to
imagine, and create new art."
Guest curator Lloyd Herman was the founding Director of America's national
craft museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in
Washington, DC, from 1971 until 1986. The University of Washington Press
calls him "one of the foremost authorities on the contemporary craft
movement in the United States." He continues to write about American craft
and organize exhibitions that travel internationally. He lives in Seattle,
Pulp Function is support in part by the Caroline R. Graboys Fund.
Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak Street in Brockton, MA. The Museum
is open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors
and students, Free for members and children under 18.
About Fuller Craft Museum
Fuller Craft Museum, New England's home for contemporary craft, is dedicated
to the objects, ideas, and insight that inspire both patrons and artists to
explore life through the art of contemporary craft. Craft is an art
discipline that is both intriguing and accessible. Its roots are in the
creation of functional objects, but today, craft has come to be more closely
aligned with the inspired ideas of artists who work primarily with their
hands in materials that are tactile and familiar. Fuller Craft offers a
collection, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and special events where
you can literally touch the materials and objects. Fuller Craft Museum is
the most exciting place to be in the world of contemporary craft. For more
information on Fuller Craft exhibitions and events please visit
LOOKING AT PAPER IN A NEW WAY:
PULP FUNCTION AT FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM
INSPIRES HOST OF PROGRAMS
Brockton, MA- The exciting exhibition Pulp Function, originating with the
Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, surveys contemporary works
in paper, offering a new look at a traditional material. The Museum is using
the exhibition as inspiration for a wide range of programs relating to paper
and the artists working in the medium today.
Focusing on contemporary craft often gives Fuller Craft Museum the
opportunity to bring the artists whose work is on exhibit together with
visitors, deepening the experience of the audience and offering a richer
context for viewing the work. OBJECTively Speaking is a regular feature of
the Museum. Held at 2pm the first Sunday of each month Fuller Craft brings
together an artist, collector or expert in the field relating to a current
exhibition with members and visitors for conversation. Pulp Function artists
Katherine Glover on September 9, 2007; Joyce Utting Schutter on October 7,
2007; and Anna Kronick on December 2, 2007 will share their work and
experiences with the audience.
Fuller Craft Museum also offers the opportunity to learn and work with the
masters. Weekend Intensive Workshops provide two days of hands on experience
in the studio working with a master artist. July 14-15, 2007 is Paste Paper,
Now and Then with Deena Schnitman and August 11-12, 2007 Bookmaking with
Peter Madden. Both artists will give presentations open to the public at 10
am on the first day of their workshop weekend. In September, Pulp Function
artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen will give a Meet the Maker Workshop on
Saturday September 22 and a public lecture on Sunday afternoon September 23,
2007 at 2 pm. Registration and details of all events are available online at
For students looking for a longer engagement with the medium, Craft
Immersion Weeklong Workshops offer the ultimate experience. July 30 - August
3, 2007 will be Portfolios and Boxes with Katherine Glover. The Museum is
also offering weeklong paper craft workshops for children in August.
Registration and details are available online at www.fullercraft.org.
Later in the season, Pulp Function Artist Ann Kroncik brings a pair of
papercutting workshops to Fuller Craft. On December 1, 2007 there will be a
family workshop in the morning and an adult workshop session in the
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