Monday, July 20, 2009

The Paper Girl Project, Northampton

I will be participating in this project. Which will take place in early September......ahhh another deadline to meet...actually I am glad for it.
This is a works on paper show. So I will be doing a set of 4 pieces with the eye motif and acrylic transfer process that I have been exploring.

The Paper Girl Northampton Project is a locally based, selffunded, nonprofit project to be modeled after the Paper Girl Project originally organized by a Aisha Ronniger in Berlin Germany. The objective of the project is to hold an open call for donated, original works of art on paper which are to be displayed in local shops and restaurants for a period of two weeks in this coming September. At the culmination of the exhibit the works will be rolled into brown paper and distributed at random by a team of cyclist to persons on the streets of Northampton, MA.The Paper Girl Project extends itself to Northampton via the efforts of Eben Kling, Adam Kology and Katherine Romansky. The Paper Girl Project is rapidly gaining momentum and is taking place in other major cities and on an international level.
As a result, The Paper Girl Northampton Project will be simultaneously tying itself into an international arts community movement while soliciting an unsuspecting bond within the immediate Northampton community.

This project seems to be all the are some other places you can find it. Paper Girl Berlin, Paper Girl NY
NY Times Article
BERLIN This city is so saturated with art that artists are giving it away for free on the streets.
Thanks to a quirky project called Papergirl, now in its fourth year, young Berliners on bikes will be distributing rolls of artwork — just like an old-fashioned paperboy — at random to the public one day in July.
It all began in 2005 when the city of Berlin decided to impose a fine on anyone pasting posters on public spaces. Aisha Ronniger, a first year art school student, started brainstorming with her fellow students about alternative and legal ways to present art in public urban spaces. One friend suggested passing out art to the public like an old-school paperboy. And with that spontaneous idea, the Papergirl project was born.
Four years later, Papergirl has grown into a well-established Berlin happening. Hundreds of artworks on paper are sent from all corners of the globe to Ronniger and her team. “A lot of local street artists, like Kowalski and Brad Downey, take part because they are used to giving their art for free,” said Ronniger. Participants (who really can be anyone, from art students to doodling taxi drivers) are asked to submit a minimum of two artworks. (This year’s deadline for submissions is June 17).
According to Ronniger she and her volunteers put together 10 to 15 artworks in each roll that’s to be passed out — saving one artwork per artist to be shown at an exhibition, this year at the Alten Post on Karl-Marx-Straße in Neukölln. On an as-yet undisclosed day sometime between July 17 and 31 — the two weeks the show will be up — the Papergirl team will hit the streets of Neukölln (a poor, gritty neighborhood that has recently become popular with students and artists) with their rolls of art and pass them on to lucky strangers.
As Ronniger explains on her Web site: “The basic idea with the project is to bring art to the public in a different way from normal; to surprise people and bring them into contact with art in their everyday life.”
What most surprised her in the last two years of running the project was how many emails she received from those who were inspired to organize a Papergirl happening in their country. “I’ve heard from people in New York City, South Africa, Brazil, Canada and Milan.”
The first spin off is happening now in California, and, according to Ronniger, it’s likely that the second one might be next year in New York City.

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Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer