Calendars, Currencies and Curriculums (the squareness of it all)
Front/Space gallery, Kansas City, MO
August 2nd- August 24th 2019
Calendars, Currencies and Curriculums is a series of collective discussions and workshops examining paper materially and conceptually. Paper-making workshops will activate Front/Space as a community recycling center where the public is invited to collaboratively discuss, recycle and reform paper materials, and in-turn imagine new futures for the structures and systems of power that paper forms represent.
Front/Space, rather than displaying finished artworks, will thoughtfully display paper molds, paper vats, tables for discussion, artifacts from workshops, and sculptural tools made by the artist that assist in the paper-making process. “On view” will be three preliminary installations, each showcasing the materials needed and tools to be activated during three different workshops:
Phase 1 (The Un-Doing) August 4th 6:00-8:00 PM
Community members will be invited to bring in paper items that feel meaningful to recycle through a collective paper-making process. These materials may represent fears, anxieties and things that are significant to dispose of based on conceptual value (bills, canonical texts, unfinished artworks...) or they can merely be paper items that are materially non-essential at this time (receipts, paper packaging, litter...). Participants will discuss what they brought and what it represents to them as they feel comfortable. We will then begin the processing of this material: ripping, shredding and beating the paper by hand. Jars of ripped paper and pulp will be “on view”, continuing to break down overtime, until Phase 2.
Phase 2 (The Re-Forming) August 11th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Former and new participants join in order to further process the pulp into new sheets of paper. Traditional rectangular molds and deckles will be provided, as well as molds that create more organic shapes outside of the confines of the square. Experimental methods like paper coiling will be taught so that participants can model three dimensional forms as well. Participants will discuss the materials that originally went into making this pulp, and we will brainstorm new, better futures for these forms and concepts. The wet paper sheets and objects will be installed thoughtfully in order to dry and will remain “on view” at Front/Space until Phase 3.
Phase 3 (Reflection and Refraction) August 18th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Former and new participants will gather again to view the “completed” objects made throughout the workshop series. Participants will take time to reflect on their experiences individually and collectively. We will document our notes and thoughts by writing directly on the objects themselves. We will also discuss the potential for utilizing these objects and methods long term (if applicable). What does the future of these objects, processes and people look like? How do we continue this work (if it’s valuable) or how do we bring it to a meaningful close? The objects will be on view alongside the handmade paper-making molds, vats and tools, until the show comes to a close on August 24th.
Participants/Collaborators: Christina Bereolos, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Jahaira Aguilar, David Rodriguez, Jerica Beckman, Jay Jadick, Heather Hankins, Cambria Channing Floyd.
All photos (except when noted) by Silvia Beatriz Abisaab.