Torrance Art Museum presents
Paper and Practice, a discussion:
March 4, 2017 • 3:30 pm
January 14 - March 4, 2017
Torrance Art Museum presents "Paper and Practice", a discussion about cardboard and paper as an art practice, the artists' history with the material, and social (including political and ecological) questions that arise from this unique medium. This conversation will be held on March 4th, 2017 at 3:30 pm in conjunction with the closing Pulped Fictions, an exhibition curated by Max Presneill in conjunction with TAM that explores cardboard and paper as a medium and art practice. This discussion features artists Ann Weber, Manfred Müller and Vincent Tomczyk exploring these questions of cardboard and paper as it relates to their practices.
For more about Pulped Fictions, read its review in Art and Cake, here.
About the participants:
Ann Weber began her career as a ceramic artist, started working with the lighter medium of cardboard in 1991 and finds great interest in the possibility of making beautiful objects from common and mundane materials. Ann's abstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences such as the balancing acts that define our lives. She often works with this question in mind: “How far can I build this before it collapses?” She studied with Viola Frey at the California College of Arts and Crafts, the New School for Social Research and received her Bachelors from Purdue.
Manfred Müller was born 1950 in Düsseldorf, Germany. From 1967 to 1970, he apprenticed as a technical draftsman, receiving his state license as an engineering draftsman. From 1971 to 1975 he studied visual communication at the university in Düsseldorf. During the this period, he was a conscientious objector from military service and spent his time in civil service working at a foster home. Following his service, he worked as a freelance graphic designer at Grey Advertisement and BBDO Advertisement. From 1976 to 1981 he attended the Kunstakademie of Fine Art in Düsseldorf—studying as a master-class student under Erwin Heerich (1922-2004). After leaving the Kunstakademie in 1981 he was awarded a Cité des Artes Scholarship, Paris, France and received the Grand Price for Fine Arts of the City of Düsseldorf in 1983, and the German Industry Endowment of the Arts in 1985. He was selected to be part of the exhibitions Dimensionen IV and Dimensionen V which were shown throughout Germany between 1984-1987. He was one of seven German artists of the inaugural exhibition Boñ Angeles supported by Goethe-Institut, Lufthansa, IBM and the City of Los Angeles to open the new Santa Monica Museum of Art. Since then Müller works as a sculptor in Düsseldorf, Germany and Los Angeles, California.
Vincent Tomczyk has sought to alter the context of viewing by making paper reproductions of known objects. He engages the viewer by presenting biographies and intangible concepts via convincingly hyper-real sculptures. His work is not intended as a simple demonstration of skill, but to craft an intimate emotional experience. Vincent studied briefly under Christian Clayton at the Art Center College of Design.