Wall, and pedestal, ‘Paper’ at Åarhus

Mar 29, 2014
Maryjean Viano Crowe’s “Beauty and Terror” is a work of cut paper on Plexiglas.

Belfast — A show titled “Paper” will be open Thursday, April 3, to run through April 27 at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, April 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Paper is plentiful, prosaic and powerful, and “Paper” gathers artworks that speak of paper. This includes, but is not limited to, works on paper, works about paper or works made of paper. Featured artists include Daniel Anselmi, Constance Cossette, Maryjean Crowe, David Estey, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Leslie Miller, Ben Potter, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Dyan Ross and Kari Van Tine.

The earliest use of paper known is wrapping paper for a delicate bronze mirror from about 180 B.C., unearthed in China. But paper did not become used by the common person until after the 1840s, when mass-produced wood pulp paper, the steam powered printing press, the fountain pen and the mighty pencil came about at around the same time. This perfect storm of technological advances caused ground-shaking shifts in the 19th-century economy and societies of the world’s industrial nations.

Åarhus Gallery is operating under winter hours through May, open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com, where a slideshow of the current works is available.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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