born from folding: the art & science of origami


Through February 23, 2013 Jaffe Center for Book Arts and First Floor Lobby of FAU's Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton Campus
Visit the on-line exhibition here.

"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 Sch├Ąpers, Dana Smith, Karen Wirth, and Rutherford Witthus.

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.

"Born from Folding" is best viewed during daylight hours, when the natural light from the windows of the Wimberly Library Lobby streams through the tessellation patterns of the origami on display. The exhibition, however, may be viewed anytime during regular library hours: Sunday noon to midnight, Monday to Thursday 8 AM to midnight; Friday 8 AM to 6 PM, Saturday noon to 6 PM. Reduced hours during Thanksgiving recess and Winter Break. Check <www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/hours.htm> for current hours at any time.

A portion of the exhibition is located in the Book Arts Gallery at JCBA; posted hours for this part of the show are Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM. Weekend and evening hours at JCBA as posted on our Facebook page . Visitors may park in metered parking in the library parking lot.