HUMAN NATURE | 2019 C3: PAPERMAKING RESIDENCY EXHIBITION
January 26—March 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 5—8pm | Artist walk-through at 6pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, noon–6pm and by appointment
Human Nature presents work from 2018 c3:Papermaking Residency artists Yoonhee Choi, Elisabeth Horan, Michael Namkung and Collin Richard. Culminating from their experiences in the Pulp & Deckle studio, each artist utilized handmade paper as a primary medium to create new works that present ideas and forms central to their art practice. This residency seeks to create alternative models and spaces for material exploration in art making.
With this program we asked that the selected residents consider a seemingly commonplace material–paper–and encouraged a re-examination of what paper is, and what it can be. Creating works through experimentation and material learning, the resulting pieces exhibited in Human Nature speak both to the residents’ processes of making, as well as to their inherent history and relationship to paper as a medium.
In presenting these works we seek to open a liminal space between the personal and the communal, where we can consider questions around the phrase human nature. A few of the thoughts brought forward are: How (and why) do we define nature? Why does humanity so often view itself as outside of nature? What is the dominant narrative of our understanding of nature? How do our very human experiences impact, inform, and at times impede our natural processes? And how can we subvert these norms?
To further deepen the engagement of the works on view, we have paired four creative writers to each of the artists, inviting them to converse with each other and create a written response to their work. Rather than presenting straightforward exhibition didactics, we are interested in expanding on notions of arts writing and establishing another entry point for the exhibition.
OPENING RECEPTION + ARTIST WALK THROUGH
January 26, 5-8pm, with artist walk through at 6pm
Join the 2018 residents as they discuss the work presented in Human Nature and talk about their residency experiences.
February 23, 2-4pm
This reading and discussion event invites participants to individually read a text on site at c3, followed by a group conversation about the text. In this space we endeavor to connect with and expand on themes present in the exhibition, holding space for observations, reflections and community.
All programs are free and open to the public and ADA accessible with refreshments provided.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
The c3: Papermaking Residency was established in 2014 to engage artists with little or no experience in hand papermaking, and offer them an opportunity to learn the craft and stretch the limitations of what the medium can do. Provided with instruction and guidance via technical assistance from a professional papermaker/artist at Pulp & Deckle studio and exclusive 24/7 access to the studio, residents create and exhibit new work.
Visit our info page to read more details about this residency program and how to apply.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Educated as a city planner, an architect, and an artist, Yoonhee Choi’s work explores the potentials of unexpected materials to express both multiple scales of spatial experience and intimate, personal associations. In her projects, which range from tiny collages, drawings on paper to room-size installations, she uses everyday materials in an improvisational manner to search for limits and possibilities, seeking to discover new compositional devices and structures. Her work has been exhibited across the country and is part of collections on both coasts.
Choi studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, architecture at Yale University, and city planning at Hong-ik University in Seoul. Born and raised in South Korea, she currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Elisabeth Horan recently relocated from Portland to Illinois to attend the MFA program at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The artist currently researches consciousness, cycles, archetypes of dreams, and Eastern philosophy.
Michael Namkung is an artist and multiple world champion athlete. He has received awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Tanne Foundation for his pioneering work Drawing Gym, a hybrid art form that combines drawing with rigorous physical exercise.
He has exhibited and performed his work in galleries, museums, universities and public spaces worldwide, including SFMOMA, Museu de Arte Contemporaneo Niteroi, The Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Stanford University, Locust Projects, The Drawing Center New York, and Grace Cathedral San Francisco.
He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University. He served as Assistant Professor of Art at Florida International University, and currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis and Clark College
Collin Richard (United States, 1993) is a fine artist who graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2015 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History. His work has been exhibited in group shows in Georgia, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, New Hampshire, Washington, Colorado, North Carolina, Lacoste, France, and the Crisp Ellert Art Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. He will be having his first solo show at the Paragon Gallery in Portland, Oregon in July of 2019. Collin lives and works in Portland, Oregon.