Waiting to Catch the Sun

Waiting to Catch the Sun

The Sunday Paper #160, May 27, 2017

Paper of the Week: Stone Dust Paper

Rendering via Prospect Park Alliance

Rendering via Prospect Park Alliance


Prospect Park is a gem in the borough of Brooklyn (I lived near the park for several years in the 90’s). The Connective Project will be a massive installation comprised of 7,000 pinwheels made with weather-resistent, biodegradable paper made from stone dust. Participate in the project! Beginning on June 1st, the Prospect Park Alliance will ask people to submit artwork, prose or photos expressing their love of Prospect Park. While all of this work will live in an online gallery, some of the works will be selected to be included among one of the 7,000 pinwheels. Wouldn’t it be cool to find your pinwheel in the park?! I hope one of you readers will visit Prospect Park and take a video (capturing the pinwheels in motion) to share with me when the installation is up (that would be July 7th).

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In the Studio:
I dropped off work for the exhibition Paper Works at the Arvada Arts Center earlier this week. The show features 20 artists (I got a sneak peek and saw some amazing work). I’ll be showing Radial (pictured below) along with my film The Secret Life of Paper and six artist’s books. If you’re in the area, please join me at the opening on June 1st from 6-9pm. The show will be up through August 20th.

© Helen Hiebert 2017, Radial, artist-made abaca, hemp string, 44" x 40", $3,000

© Helen Hiebert 2017, Radial, abaca, hemp string, 44″ x 40″, $3,000

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I met Hong Hong last October at a paper conference in Santa Fe. She did a demonstration of one of the techniques she uses to make her huge paper works. Her installation Waiting to Catch the Sun, is currently on view at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT through June 17th. Working at the intersection between art and environment, Hong Hong’s projects imagine past and future moments of transformative phenomena, such as glaciation, erosion, and plate tectonics.

© 2017, Hong Hong, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

© 2017, Hong Hong, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT


My husband was watching The Office recently, and all of a sudden did a double-take and told me to listen… James Spader was interviewing for a job and was asked what he knew about paper. He claims that he saw an episode of Sesame Street about papermaking. The writers for The Office know their stuff! I worked with the producer and was in that episode which was filmed at Dieu Donné Papermill, along with Robbin Ami Silverberg and a cast of kiddos! I can’t figure out how to share the clip from The Office with you (Season 7, Episode 25) but you can find it on my Facebook feed. And here’s the Sesame Street clip.

Mixografia has pioneered some interesting sculptural paper/print/editioning techniques. And at 85, John Baldessari recently completed a work for a survey exhibition, “John Baldessari: Eight Colorful Inside Jobs,” which opened last week at the downtown L.A. print studio.
"Eight Colorful Inside Jobs: Magenta," 2017 (Mixografia )

“Eight Colorful Inside Jobs: Magenta,” 2017 (Mixografia )


I’m super excited that my friend Rachel Siegel’s show Accumulation will be on view at the Nine Gallery in Portland when I’m there next month. As Rachel says: “On life’s journey we gather many experiences that construct self-identity. These memories collect in the ephemera of correspondence, medical records, legal papers, announcements, grade reports, rejection slips, invitations, bills, applications, postcards, photographs. This paper detritus gathered over the half century of my lifetime constitute the basic building materials for ACCUMULATION, an installation of 51 small papier-mâché houses at Nine Gallery…”. Click on the link to see what will occur at the end of the installation!
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I’ve featured Santa Fe based artist Kevin Box on the blog before. He turns paper into steel. His giant origami sculptures are currently invading the Morton Arboretum in Chicago.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Helen, love your piece “Radial” with abaca and hemp string. It looks very delicate!

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