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[BKARTS] Politics on Paper at Columbia Book & Paper Center

Columbia College Chicago¹s Center for Book & Paper Arts
January 13 ­ March 11, 2006
Politics on Paper is an exhibition of work by three artists devoted to
important global and personal causes who document their humanitarian
efforts, ideas and outrage through art works on paper.
John Risseeuw responds to the cultural and intellectual landscape he
inhabits by using his visual skills to advance a political agenda.  His body
of work in Politics on Paper focuses on landmines and landmine victims by
making handmade paper and printing landmine images, facts and stories of
survivors and victims on his handmade paper.  To make the paper, Risseeuw
has collected articles of clothing from victims, fibrous plants from
landmine locations and the currencies of nations that make or have made
landmines.  Risseeuw has collected items from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia,
Iraq, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Angola, Afghanistan, India, Vietnam and many
more.  ³The idea of making paper from victims¹ clothing is only a small
leap, yet the piece becomes a conceptual whole that is much more powerful,²
says Risseeuw. ³If education of the public, reminding the public of our
debts, and supporting those affected by human folly is a political act, then
this is political art.²
Eric Avery has been a physician, psychiatrist and artist for thirty years.
Through his work with AIDS patients in the US and in Africa, Avery has
compiled a body of work that is a passionate plea to provide funding,
education and awareness for a disease that kills millions of people living
in poverty. Like Risseeuw, he has used the clothing of victims, in this
instance, orphans of HIV, to make paper for woodblock print booklets
entitled, Hurry Up Help Me. Africa is Dying.  This booklet tells the
devastating story of HIV in South Africa, and was sewn together by women
from a craft collective outside Cape Town to raise money for the Amazing
Grace Children¹s Home. ³We image-makers have a unique way of turning despair
and pain into hope and beauty,² says Avery whose work in this exhibition
will also include installations and a series of molded paper portraits of
AIDS patients.
Robbin Ami Silverberg is a New York-based artist whose varied artistic
themes have included poverty, Judaism and, currently, the life cycle of
women¹s work. In her piece, Sempertedium, Silverberg investigates the
repetitive and tedious work required by motherhood that goes unnoticed and
unappreciated regardless of its absolute necessity in keeping a home
efficient.  These are the women who reside between the lines, who out of
necessity concentrate on the ³smaller² picture and are, therefore, voiceless
and marginal in our culture. Silverberg¹s paper is made from hair, dust and
other household detritus.
WHEN:           January 13 ­ March 11, 2006
                       Opening Reception:  Friday, January 27, 2006,
WHERE:           Columbia College Chicago
                       Center for Book & Paper Arts
                       1104 S. Wabash Avenue, 2nd floor
HOW MUCH:           Free and Open to the Public.
MORE INFO:           312.344.6684 or www.book&paper.org

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