"You and I were born from folding," says origami artist Paul
Jackson. Think about folding. Origami artists fold paper; we know
this: paper folding is at the core of origami's definition. But
folding also exists in nature. DNA folds. The vital proteins in
cells fold. Sound waves, in their way, fold the air, creating the
disturbances that translate to sound. Geometric folding is
everywhere around us.
The Vanessa Gould documentary "Between the Folds" (Green Fuse Films, 2009) is the inspiration for our exhibition. This film explores the artistic importance of origami and then moves on to origami's connections to the world beyond art: to math, to science, to engineering. "All of these paperfolders," Gould says, "artists and scientists alike, whether producing beautiful objects or finding new ways to fold airbags or space telescopes, are involved in a creative effort."
In "Born from Folding," we bring together some of the artists from the film with other paperfolding artists from around the world as we further explore how a flat sheet of paper can evolve through creative effort into something completely different. To further enhance the conversation, artists' books from the Jaffe Collection are also included in the exhibition: books that deal with science, math, and engineering as only artists' books can.
Great complexity can often be found in simple actions: like the folding of a sheet of paper.
Featured origami artists: Christiane Bettens, Philip Chapman-Bell, Joel Cooper, Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Lydia Diard, Christine Edison, Melina Hermsen, Andrew Hudson, Peter Keller, Ralf Konrad, Yoshinobu Miyamoto, and Matthew Shlian.
Featured book artists: Susan Angebranndt, Timothy Ely, Steven Ferlauto, Daniel Kelm, Andrew Hoyem, Michael Kidner, Warja Lavater, Ken Leslie, Jim Machachek, Russel Maret, Terrence McKenna, Jeffrey Morin, Sybil Rubottom, Veronika Schäpers, Dana Smith, Karen Wirth, and Rutherford Witthus.
FILM SCREENINGS: BETWEEN the FOLDS
Currently scheduled screenings:
Saturday January 12: Two afternoon screenings at 1:00 PM and at 3:00 PM.
Saturday January 19: Two afternoon screenings at 2:00 PM and at 4:00 PM.
Origami events, workshops, gallery talks, and screenings of "Between the Folds" will take place over the course of the exhibition. As dates and times for these events become concrete, we will post them on the JCBA Events webpage and the JCBA Workshops webpage, as well as at the JCBA Facebook page.
This exhibition is accessible in the public areas of the Wimberly Library (First Floor Main Lobby and Third Floor JCBA Lobby). Regular library hours are Monday to Thursday 7:40 AM to 2 AM, Friday 7:40 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, Noon to 2 AM.
Late Fall/Early Spring, 2010/2011
Early Spring 2013