Making Paper: Hong Hong by Adya Zecha

“The process is a performance, a back and forth between creation and destruction”

As an artist, I have never considered paper, the medium on which I usually paint on, as the ‘art’. However Hong Hong’s process of intricately layering fibers, of various textures and colours and hand weaving the material into paper, is a stunning representation of art. Her work explores more than just a fixed landscape but instead, an understanding of change in colours and light as well as of the feelings and mood behind a certain setting. She also takes inspiration from “things that might shape a person’s experiences of the land” Hong combines Tibetan and Japanese traditional forms of paper making, however she does so in a contemporary style, in terms of process and scale. Her ‘mobile paper studio’ gives her the freedom to travel and create, taking inspiration from different places, landscapes and cultures. I find her creation vs. destruction process fascinating because I mainly think of art as something created, rarely something that has been destructed. Hong also strays from the traditional use of paper in paper making and incorporates organic materials like leaves and branches (Void, 2016) and even plastic in her next project of yearlong site specific installations, Everlasting Ephemera.

Article: http://magazine.art21.org/2017/09/13/making-paper-hong-hongs-performative-process/#.WbmF5bYrKt8

Interview: http://www.breakfastxlunchxdinner.com/blog/2015/5/7/artist-profile-hong-hong

Jonathan Fineberg Reading by Adya Zecha

What stood out to me the most in the Fineberg reading was how these minimalist artists pushed the definition of what art was by making art more than just a pretty painting on a canvas. They explored space and light as art, incorporated everyday objects or household goods and even played with illusions. Sol Le Witt was interesting because he used systemic logic in his art work which, in the ‘traditional’ art world, would not typically be accepted because it is not considered a romantic or expressionistic approach.
In contrast to the pop art that we studied last class, I think that minimalist art holds more depth and meaning to the work because instead of focusing on the aesthetics of the art and its literal presence, it focuses on the more abstract concepts surrounding the work like for example, the experience, the inspiration or even the thought process behind the effect the work would have on the viewer.
In the beginning of the reading, minimalist art was described as blank, neutral, mechanical impersonality in comparison to abstract expressionism. However, although minimalist art is less romantic in its appearance, I think that it holds more meaning and message than perhaps that of abstract expressionism as well as redefining what art was and is today.