This exhibition is a celebration of the transformation of paper and its importance in many inventive art processes and creations. Paper Print Bind showcases the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s extraordinary Erika & Fred Torri Artists’ Books Collection. In addition, it presents a carefully curated array of contemporary artworks made with paper by renowned regional and international artists.
The common thread throughout this exhibition is the use of the traditional medium of paper in contemporary practices that empowers artists to bind, print, and create artworks out of paper. All the artists exhibiting in Paper Print Bind share a history of teaching, collaborating, or taking part in the Athenaeum’s collections and classes. Thus, this exhibition serves both to celebrate our alliance with artists in the paper community at large and to feature the Print Studio and papermaking studio in the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights.
A major reason for the universal allure of paper lies in its identity and utility as a truly “eco-friendly” sustainable product derived from natural practices throughout human history. Because much of our diverse cultures all over the world are created and shared on paper, we embrace the fragility and eco-friendly nature of paper as a much-needed reminder of our origins in the organic world in this modern technological age.