Visual humanistic disciplines which make usage of unusual media and technique. such as montage or origami. tend to both benefit from and be challenged by the medium and technique involved. A spectator is disposed to respond foremost to the medium and technique and possibly. because of this. thematic or expressive thoughts may be perceived as secondary to the impact of a given work.
However. by contemplating given plants. such as the Origami NOW! aggregation of plants at PEM. from a more profoundly considered point of position. the thematic and expressive elements of the work begins to dominate the once-dominant facets of medium and technique. Finally. the watchful spectator will recognize that. in fact. a harmoniousness of technique nd look. media and thought has been reached in the most competently articulated plants. while in less-capable plants. a deficiency of balance restricts the spectator to a preponderantly proficient grasp.
For illustration. a piece from the Origami NOW! exhibition such as Eric Joisel’sPangolinis really effectual at arousing a response of esteem and even surprise of admiration at the technique involved in sculpting ( or more properly: folding ) paper into the form of a convincingly realistic animate being signifier which suggests an armadillo. On the other manus. although the carnal offers a meaningful gesture. as though it is eating or imbibing. the overall impact of the piece fails to derive any genuinely expressive or meaningful energy. It is merely a technically admirable piece.
By contrast. Joel Cooper’sGemini. is a profoundly expressive piece which evokes rock alleviation carvings in origami. The faces are. themselves. crude and expressive. but the thematic impact of the piece is much deeper than the surface degree facial look of the pieces cardinal figures. The piece derives of import impact from its “sub-text” of transference: antediluvian rock to passing paper. which makes a statement about human civilisation and history and the ephemeralness of human memorials. and arty itself. while at the same time promoting the ephemeralness of the medium and technique ( origami ) to a sympathetic relationship to ancient art and antiquity.
Yet another piece.Spike Sphere. by Thomas Hull. straddles the line between expressiveness and proficient preciseness without of all time falling exactly on one side or another. In consequence. Hull’s piece is the most harmonious of those illustrations of origami on exhibition at PEM. The open impact of Hull’s piece is that of geometrical expressionism. utilizing a complex geometrical form to show subject. In my sentiment. Hull’sSpike Sphereis meant to stand for no less than the full human universe in a individual figure of origami.
I said “human” because the piece reflects a peculiarly human construct of “wholeness” — as in other geometrical abstractions: Earths. the atom. stars. galaxies and even some scientific theoretical accounts of the multi-verse.Hull’s figure is spherical and colored like a budding flower. but spiked — proposing hurting. danger. emotional response. This precise constellation of human emotion and abstract signifier. coupled with organic colouring and an “holistic” gesture elevates Hull’s piece to the highest degrees. This work is a chef-d’oeuvre which reveals the origami. as a medium. embodies much more than the amazed esteem for technique and “cleverness” associated with turn uping paper creatively and expressively.
The impact of puting such a diverse aggregation of plants that all make usage of a similar medium and technique shoulder to shoulder in an exhibition like the Origami NOW! exhibition is to ask for the spectator to research the full scope of capacities that a medium and technique have to offer. From simple concepts which showcase technique over thematic look to thematic all driven pieces which test the boundaries of the associated techniques and medium. the Origami NOW! exhibition is wonderfully put together and dynamically exciting for those viewing audiences patient and perceptive plenty to estimate the full impact of these richly imaginative plants.