Image: Seamus O’Rourke ‘Missing Pictures' Ink on Paper 50cm x 70cm 2014, courtesy of the artist.


















Seamus O’Rourke

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound


WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center),

135 Broadway, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211 USA


Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, November 23, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 4-6PM


Juried by Claire Gilman, Curator at The Drawing Center, Co-curated by Yuko Nii & Rebecca Cuomo.

Seamus O’Rourke will be exhibiting in New York at the WAH Center, opening reception 4-6pm Saturday 25th October. ‘ Missing Pictures’ was selected by Claire Gilman ( Curator at the Drawing Center NY) and co-curators Yuko Nii and Rebecca Cuomo ( Curators at WAH Center)


Throughout human history, paper has been essential in countless developments that have transformed the way we think, live, and act. Paper as we know it today originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The ancient Silk Road eventually brought paper to the West, where it was quickly adopted and widely used. Since its genesis, paper has been valued for its relatively easy, cost-effective production and functional versatility.

In 1453, Johann Gutenberg invented the first printing press in Germany – an innovation that revolutionized the spread of information and initiated a proliferation of literacy and scholarship. For centuries, printed publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, flyers and pamphlets were the primary sources for information and communication. In recent years, however, these printed publications are becoming obsolete as we increasingly rely on digital platforms. In addition to this paradigm shift, environmental concerns are cited as reason to abandon published print and reduce paper products in favor of a more eco-friendly digital alternative.

Artists who use paper as the primary medium for their artworks defy the mainstream understanding of books as antiquated artifacts and paper as a cheap, disposable commodity. These materials are used as points of departure for infinite creative possibilities achieved through drawing, painting, cutting, carving, printing, folding, sculpting, and assembling art that highlights the universality of paper.

The WAH Center is pleased to have invited Beatrice Coron, Doug Beube, Li Hongbo, and Wang Lei to exhibit their works as part of Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound.

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound will be on display from Saturday, October 25, 2014 through Sunday, November 23, 2014. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 12m to 6pm. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4pm to 6pm.


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