Work is progressing on making the pieces for the Wood Meets Paper installation to be shown in Seoul this summer. The exhibition is titled: Drawing Now 03: Wood Meets Paper, and will be held in the Drawing Center, Seoul Olympic Museum (SOMA). The invitation to show Wood Meets Paper in Seoul came about when the SOMA curators saw the work when it was first shown at the Pearl Street Gallery, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY and saw it as a kind of drawing in space - hence the invitation to present it as a drawing show. Some images follow that give a sense of the studio in full swing, with Boris working on timber circles and the new ellipses being introduced, and Mary spraying the abaca sheets to make the large sheets of paper. This project has turned into something of a family affair with Mary's brother Lance and his partner Kate visiting so we took the opportunity to have them assist with the papermaking. Even Boris' son, Adrian, has been co-opted to help.
We have been invited by the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA) in South Korea to install Wood meets Paper in the the SOMA Drawing Center as part of their Special Exhibition program, Drawing Now. Wood meets Paper will be exhibited as Drawing Now 04 and be on display from July 9 through August 16, 2009. The Director of SOMA saw Wood meets Paper when it was installed in the Pearl Street Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, in 2006. He was intrigued by the piece and recently extended an invitation to us to install it in Seoul. This will be a new challenge for the SOMA curator is interpreting Wood meets Paper as a 'drawing' and this will create a new set of possibilities in the museum space. The SOMA website in South Korea is found at: http://www.somamuseum.org and the SOMA Drawing Center is http://www.somadrawing.org (see link in margin)
On Wednesday, 18th June, 2008 our Exhibition, Wood Meets Paper, opened at the Centro Cultural Villa de in Móstoles, outside of Madrid. The installation was part of Boris Curatolo’s sculpture exhibition, Time and Materials. It was a relaxed evening meeting new friends and family members – even two Londoners – Brett and Clayton - dropped in for the opening - they had seen the original exhibition at the Pearl Street Gallery in Brooklyn. Putting together Wood Meets Paper took three days - Boris had made the wooden circles in advance of my arrival - and this allowed some time for Boris to make a new wooden sculptural piece. The gallery was a challenge with the open space and many columns but the pieces flowed around the columns and allowed the sculptural pieces to breathe. This was a challenging experience and we now look forward to a new kind of installation in Seoul, Korea in 2009.
Wood meets Paper in Madrid
Ready for the opening…
A few words of welcome…
The columns were OK to tether a small blue truck…
Brett joins us
The Oz-London connection - Clayton, Graeme, Mary and Brett
Pepe and Mariecarmen (Boris's former art teacher and his mum)
About to head out from New York to Madrid with 50 brochures packed in the suitcase ready for the Opening on June 18th. We have a week to work in the studio putting the pieces together and then four days to install. Will keep you posted with some images as the installation unfolds. Cheers, Mary
Boris Curatolo - Sculpture Exhibition “Tiempo y Materia” (time and materials)
Centro Cultural Villa de Móstoles, Madrid, June 18 through July 21, 2008
Featuring a collaborative installation with Mary Sullivan: Wood meets Paper
The Centro Cultural Villa de Móstoles in Madrid, Spain, is pleased to present an exhibition by the sculptor Boris Curatolo Rasines entitled ‘Tiempo y Materia’ (time and materials). Simple geometric shapes inspire the work of this artist, who uses tension and gravity on open forms in wood and steel to investigate the nature and limits of these materials. His artwork finds formal and expressive balance with a minimum of material elements. This show will include the installation ‘Wood Meets Paper’, created in collaboration with the Australian artist Mary Sullivan. This work was first shown as part of the tenth annual D.U.M.B.O arts festival in Brooklyn, New York, in October of 2006. For that occasion, the two artists created a network of circular forms joined by thin strips of wood and hung it from the ceiling of the Pearl Street Gallery in Brooklyn. These circles of various sizes made from laminated poplar wood and covered with large sheets of hand-made paper, seemed to float, encompassing the entire gallery space and evoking dance-like motions. This installation will be adapted to the space of the Centro Cultural Villa de Móstoles in Madrid and will be shown along with other works by the sculptor.
Wood Meets Paper was first imagined, produced and installed at the Pearl Street Gallery, New York, in 2006, and re-invented at Gallery 1, Madrid, in 2008. It evolved from sensing the gallery space as frames for exploring notions of form, light, scale and materials. Combining our experiences working with laminated wood and handmade paper this installation defines and extends the limits of these materials. Made from poplar plywood and handmade abaca paper, our work emerges within the bounds of the gallery but gently hints at spaces beyond its walls. It hovers playfully overhead, weaving itself into a network of undulating lines and circular shapes within a rich topography of closed and open spaces. They spill and flow like water or air currents, or perhaps connections in some fantastic neural mindscape. The forms follow each other in a delicate and joyful dance while a quiet melody resonates amid the lively geometries. In the shadows of these forms are also the echoes of our own voices, inviting viewers to leave gravity behind and lose their sense of time and direction within Wood Meets Paper. forms follow each other in a delicate and joyful dance while a quiet melody resonates amid the lively geometries. In the shadows of these forms are also the echoes of our own voices, inviting viewers to leave gravity behind and lose their sense of time and direction within Wood Meets Paper.