Marfa Dialogues

The Paper Sculpture Show

Janine Antoni, The Art Guys, David Brody, Luca Buvoli, Francis Cape, Minerva Cuevas, Seong Chun, E.V. Day, Nicole Eisenman, Spencer Finch, Charles Goldman, Rachel Harrison, Stephen Hendee, Patrick Killoran, Glenn Ligon, Cildo Meireles, Helen Mirra, Ric Obrosey, Ester Parteg, Liza Phillips, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Akiko Sakaizumi, David Shrigley, Eve Sussman, Sarah Sze, Fred Tomaselli, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Chris Ware, Olav Westphalen, Allan Wexler

17 January 2004 - 16 March 2004


Ballroom Marfa invites you to create three-dimensional paper projects designed by 29 artists. They created them, but you will build them. The exhibition consists only of sculptures assembled by the audience — collaborators — multiple copies of each artist’s idea, each unique in that it was fabricated by an individual visitor.

In blurring the distinction between you and the artists, this exhibition poses a number of questions. At what point is a work of art complete? Who is the author of an object imagined by one person and completed by another? What is the relationship between two-dimensional image and three-dimensional object, instruction and inspiration, originality and repetition, mass production and the handmade? And where do we locate failure or success in a project like this?

The open-ended nature of these questions and the answers they provoke have resulted in the staggeringly wide range of art projects included in the exhibition. Folded, cut, crumpled, and even burned, paper here proves itself to be a generous host capable of accommodating sculptures inspired by cultural examples as diverse as paper-doll books, Mad magazine “fold-ins,” and exploded schematic diagrams. Using only this humble material, which is ubiquitous to the point of invisibility in everyday life, the artists in The Paper Sculpture Show offer a visually stunning, conceptually rich, and playfully hands-on exploration of artistic practice today.

The Paper Sculpture Show is organized by Cabinet magazine, Independent Curators International (ICI), and SculptureCenter. It is curated by Mary Ceruti, Matt Freedman, and Sina Najafi, and accompanied by The Paper Sculpture Book, which contains the entire exhibition in unassembled, take-home form. The traveling exhibition is organized and circulated by Independent Curators International.

Artists included in the exhibition and book:

Janine Antoni
The Art Guys
David Brody
Luca Buvoli
Francis Cape
Minerva Cuevas
Seong Chun
E.V. Day
Nicole Eisenman
Spencer Finch
Charles Goldman
Rachel Harrison
Stephen Hendee
Patrick Killoran
Glenn Ligon
Cildo Meireles
Helen Mirra
Ric Obrosey
Ester Parteg
Liza Phillips
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Akiko Sakaizumi
David Shrigley
Eve Sussman
Sarah Sze
Fred Tomaselli
Pablo Vargas-Lugo
Chris Ware
Olav Westphalen
Allan Wexler

    The Paper Sculpture Show and its accompanying publication are made possible, in part, by support from the Peter Norton Family Foundation.

    The Paper Sculpture Show in Marfa has been funded by the Ballroom Cultural Arts Foundation and generous support from our members.