Allouche Gallery explores the use of paper in a new group exhibition entitled, Paper Trail. From drawings and paintings to sculptures and collages, the artists employ unique methods of layering, space, and emphasis.
Paper Trail explores contrast and juxtaposition through artists such as Ivan Alifan, Donald Baechler, Bast, David Choe, FAILE, Shepard Fairey, Nick Georgiou, Doze Green, Joe Grillo, Paul Insect, Katarina Janeckova, Rafa Macarron, Ryan McGinness, Taylor McKimens, Robert Nava, Kenny Scharf, Swoon, and Sebastian Wahl.
From Nick Georgiou’s three-dimensional literary sculptures to Swoon’s multi-media layering, the diverse uses of paper is a reflection on varying walks of life. Nostalgic and minimal, Paper Trail provides a mirror simplifying the complexity in being a human being. Paper, though fragile, is resilient and malleable. The artists’ modern use of the medium is a fresh take on a traditional craft.
The range of makers implore the viewer to understand how the manipulation of material, medium and form are associated with flexibility, strength, and resilience.
Layer after layer, the handling of paper transcends two-dimensional. Stepping closer to some pieces, viewers are faced with folds, creases, cracks, and crinkles that convey imperfections and callousness. The juxtaposition between the works that are bold, smooth and graphic invites viewers to look past what is at face value. The closer you look, the more you begin to see the similarities in the delicacy of paper and life. Light and shadow provide another element of perspective and opposing forces.
Paper Trail will be on view from September 6 to October 7, 2018 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 6, from 6-9pm at Allouche Gallery, 82 Gansevoort Street, across from The Whitney Museum, under The High Line, in the Meat Packing District.
While you’re there, take a walk over to see the progress at what will be Pier55.