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Paperworks – Why It Works

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks – Why It Works Paperworks 2016 Winners

The Paperworks exhibition has been a great favorite of bj spoke gallery members and visitors since the gallery first put out a call for paper art in 2005.  Why?  There is always something new, astonishing, original to be seen – and it’s all about what can be done with paper or on it.

Barbara Grey the bj spoke member/artist who ran the first Paperworks competition recalls how it all started.  She and several other artists attended a paper work shop at Dieu Donné and came home with the idea for a new show in which all the works would be created from paper or made on paper. (To see what this organization does with paper visit  The juror was Faye Hirsch, Senior Editor at Art In America. Barbara recalls that the slides the artists sent (yes, that’s how it was done in those days) were just fascinating. “It had never occurred to us that such things could be done with paper,” she says.  Two examples from that show are Bridges II (artist Joyce Utting Schutter) and Evidence #1 My Coat (artist M. Laine Wyatt).  You can see what Barbara means.Joyce Utting Schutter

The jurors for many of these shows have been gifted curatorial staff members from major museums: the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  This year’s juror was Heidi Hirschl of the Museum of Modern Art.  She has been a part of the team working on the Modern’s exhibit of Degas monotypes.  Through the years, the artists have come from all over the United States with the occasional artist from Europe.

Lorraine Nuzzo, bj spoke’s Gallery Director has taken on the running of the Paperworks show this year, overseeing the 6 month process of producing the show from start to finish. “Paperworks is one of my favorite exhibits at bj spoke because I never know what to expect” she says. “The art surprises and inspires me.  It’s the type of exhibit that lures the viewer back again and again.”

Through the years, we have seen so many clever ideas created by paper artists, from graphite drawings and photography to 3d paper installations.  And it is always a surprise when the work comes in and we see it in person. We were so pleased and honored to have Beatrice Coron’s Grand Bibliotheque in one show.  For a taste of what her work is like, see her TED talk at ( She makes her entrance in a cut paper cloak.)

I asked Kevin Larkin, gallery president what stands out from our years of Paperworks competitions.  He particularly remembered the wall installations.  There was one made of used coffee filters that looked like fungus growths attached to the wall.  Another involved 600 white paper cones held with pushpins.  “I don’t think our walls ever recovered,” he said.  “I still find those little tiny holes in the wall.”  We talked about what makes Paperworks so special.  Kevin thinks that it’s the paper itself, its fragility and its ephemeral nature. “Looking at the works, you can find yourself in a meditation about the nature of the material.  Also, artists are forced to create with a limited range of options.  Of course, when one white paper cone comes in, that’s nothing special.  But when 600 come in – well then you’re in business.”


Yuki Abiko - Tulips

Yuki Abiko – Tulips


Ye-Seul Choi – Transformation

Here’s a sneak peak at some of this year’s Paperworks picks:  The first is an installation by Ye-seul Choi.  The second a photograph by Yuki Abiko.  For a bigger sneak peek, go to and look at the blog posts for Paperworks 2016.  Better yet, come see the show in August.  It runs from August 2 to the 28, and there will be a reception on Saturday evening August 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

So what makes Paperworks work? Its the paper.  It’s the people.  It’s the fun.


Article by Liz Ehrlichman, an artist member of bj spoke gallery 299 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743.


Paperworks winner: Elizabeth Panzer

June 18, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: Elizabeth Panzer Paperworks 2016 Winners

Nasturtium Op.3 by Elizabeth PanzerThese images are an exploration of texture and density. The objects, flowers from my home and garden, are clearly recognizable. Yet they are shown in an unreal environment, drawing the viewer into the image without the benefit of gravity or context. Like an abstract painting, the elements are arranged in the frame, carefully referring only to each other. Ordinary flowers shown here are larger than life bringing the tactile nature of each leaf and petal to the forefront; the play of transparency creates the illusion of depth and reflection. The resulting image is a natural object in an imaginary world. I draw inspiration from the plants growing around me, watching as they bud and bloom. The life embodied in these cycles is present even in the captured image. As I create, I work to amplify the movement suggested by the shape of the individual cuttings. Each image exists in a unique space.

Paperworks winner: Meghan Duda

June 18, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: Meghan Duda Paperworks 2016 Winners

Duda_000068_872224_037931_3275Paper is a living object. It breathes, it moves, it shrinks and curls. Photography is an act that freezes moments in time. However these pieces are moving images, long exposures compressing time into a single moment. The large pieces are pinhole photographs of the surrounding landscape recorded at 70 mph with a 5’x8’ enclosed trailer that I converted into a pinhole camera – a Trailer Obscura. The smaller pieces are pinhole studies, recording the intensity of light where water meets sky with a punctured shipping crate roughly 2‘x3’x1.5’ in size.

Photographs are static, paper is living. The pinhole technique uses paper as the light collecting substrate. Photographic timespans are imposed upon a grid of silver gelatin paper – twenty-four 8”x10” sheets in the Trailer images, nine 5”x7” sheets in the pinhole studies. These objects are unique negatives from the cameras. The edges of the paper are allowed to curl and change over time, eliciting a sense of movement in the static plane.

Paperworks winner: H. Jennings Sheffield

June 16, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: H. Jennings Sheffield Paperworks 2016 Winners

The Collective Glitch: Portrait by H. Jennings SheffieldWhat makes a memory? What is personal, and what is collective? In an image-saturated world, this question is getting harder and harder to answer.

The Collective Glitch investigates the idea of collective memory.The series consists of 10 images created by photographs provided by “a collective.” The collective comprised of 16 individuals from twenty-somethings to seventy-somethings from different geographic locations and socio-economic backgrounds. I requested 10 specific images from the collective–their favorite portrait of themselves (at any age), a photo that best represented their family, fear, hero…etc. The Collective Glitch is created by deconstructing the 16 individual images provided by the collective through a modified form of vertical Morse code. I then integrate the vertical code from all 16 images back together to create a single, compressed image.

Paperworks winner: Harry Umen

June 15, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: Harry Umen Paperworks 2016 Winners

Window Circus #4 by Harry UmenIn my earlier work physical painting and printing on shaped transparent and translucent materials such as glass, plexiglas, and mylar established a thematic focus on the interactions of color, light, and materials. In recent work I have focused on exploring through photography constructed studio setups within which I have designed “Light Forms” . The resulting photographically documented physical forms existing in my setups are modifiable both physically and perceptually in how they each reflect light, color, and shadow and spatial relationships.

Paperworks winner: Olga Skorokhod

June 15, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: Olga Skorokhod Paperworks 2016 Winners

Vibration by Olga SkorokhodFor many years I was engaged in the search of my own art style. I tried many different techniques, materials and styles. I moved from classic paintings to abstract paper sculptures. The main tool for creating my art is a surgical blade. Sometimes I use an old school double-sided blade too. The distinguishing feature is the paper edge cut at an angle, as this creates smoother transitions from light to shadow. The paper sculpture techniques give the artwork a greater illusion of 3D. To add color and more depth in sculptures I use colored film between paper layers. All my sculptures are created by inspiration of nature’s fascinating beauty. Each new project is a challenge for me and improves my artistic skills. I’m trying to make the world more beautiful and interesting with the help of art. I want to make people happier and to fill their everyday life with bright colors and interesting things. A power of nature gives me energy and inspires me for my next project.

Paperworks winner: Marisa Silverstein

June 15, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: Marisa Silverstein Paperworks 2016 Winners

92 Americans Every day by Marisa SilversteinFolded paper and mosaic are, at first glance, quite distinct media and processes. Yet they both play with pattern and repetition, geometry and rhythm. Pieces come together, often unexpectedly, to form a puzzle. Light and shadow interact to create a deeper, more complex image. My work in paper and mosaic is mathematical and meditative; it feeds needs that I have as a mother of three, as I attempt to nurture myself and others around me. After the mass shooting in October 2015 at Umqua Community College in Oregon, I was heartsick and weary. I was spurred to find a way to represent visually the sheer number of victims of gun violence in our country. I wanted to see what 92 looked like. Every day. Every day since October 5th, 2015, I have created a design (only 10″ x 7″) using 92 carefully folded, cut, and glued black triangles, each one representing each of the 92 Americans killed every day.

Paperworks winner: Jonathan McFadden

June 15, 2016 Comments Off on Paperworks winner: Jonathan McFadden Paperworks 2016 Winners

Ahh.. Perhaps That Explains the Man In the Three Piece Suit by Jonathan McFaddenMy work explores the deluge of ephemeral text and imagery presented by media and how this cacophony of imagery has altered our understanding of the globalized landscape it presents. The bombardment of information that streams on social media sites and news outlets create a sense of urgency that is intensely focused on the NOW. The often haste and theatric nature of media information elevates the impulsive reaction and dissuades from proper reflection.  Instead of representing a traditional narrative the consumption of information blurs from one source to another flowing from Facebook to Wikipedia to Reddit and other sources of information. This presents us with a fragmented narrative that is layer with preference to what is liked or voted up. Rather than representing this information as ephemeral my print and installation work uses this information to build a physical history built in the layers of information that makes up my visual aesthetic.