Kyoko Ibe & Mark Lander: Indigenous Papers, Gallery 31
This exhibition showcases two internationally renowned artists who work in handmade indigenous-fiberpaper and installation.
Kyoko Ibe, one of Japan's most innovative paper artists, creates installations using washi, handmade Japanese paper. Ibe has pushed the limits of washi, traditionally known as a craft object, to develop a new art form that combines a respect for tradition with technological experimentation. She uses her medium to explore a variety of creative possibilities, including public art installations andtheater productions.
Mark Lander, a native of New Zealand, is a painter, printmakerand papermaker. He innovated the use of an indigenous fiber, New Zealand flax,to create giant, delicate sheets of paper to use for prints, installations, and full-scale theater sets. Mark has developed studio equipment that is used around the world. Histechniques have influenced a generation of artist-papermakers.
Gallery 31 is the Corcoran’s newly dedicated exhibition space for the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The space will host exhibitions by the Corcoran’s faculty, students, alumni, visiting artists, and annual senior thesis exhibitions. The name was selected by the students, referring to the area’s previous designation as “Room 31” in original Corcoran plans. Located at the New York Avenue entrance of the Corcoran, Gallery 31 will be open during Gallery hours and will be free to the public.