Art on Paper
Art on Paper returns to downtown Manhattan's Pier 36 in March of 2019 with eighty-five galleries featuring top modern and contemporary paper-based art. Art on Paper's medium-driven focus lends itself to significant projects - unique moments that have set the fair apart and established an important destination for the arts in New York City.
Art on Paper NY 2019
Celeste Cooning | Joelle McTigue | Liz Tran
The M.F.A. painting program at University of Washington led Celeste Cooning to Seattle. A decade later, she is best known for creating large-scale, ethereal installations. Aside from various exhibitions, her work adorns city parks, storefronts, special events, and the stage.
2013 marked the transformation of Cooning’s signature cut paper aesthetic into a permanent outdoor sculpture through 1% for Public Art. Bounty functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. The stylized, ornate fronds harken to the verdant beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Cooning was the first Artist in Residence at Amazon Corporate with an installation in their Bigfoot building. More of the artist’s works are on view at Starbucks Headquarters, Theo Chocolate and Harborview Medical Center.
A pervading interest in pattern and repetition led me to explore cut paper. The medium facilitates a particular response to material, shape, light, and space. My studio practice encompasses site-specific installations that inhabit public and private, interior and exterior spaces. Light actively engages the work with vivid color, reflective qualities, and dynamic, cast shadows. The pattern-based and sometimes ornate compositions, often begin as a series of hand-cut paper constructions and then transformed into large-scale installations that emphasize texture, rhythm, and light. These sensorial experiences are meant to provoke visceral responses. It is within these sensational moments that we become curious, hopeful and inspired.
In the series Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines the rituals of gardening and the creation of public spaces that represent how a community wants to be viewed. The work responds to the history of each public space and how it embodies the power dynamics of practical, leisurely, and spiritual pursuits. Restructuring the landscapes, McTigue transforms close-up snapshots into aerial botanical gardens. Control and Cooperation addresses the constant movement of how perception can change.
Joelle McTigue (b. 1984, New York, USA) received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her work is a part of the permanent Rubell Family Collection and The John Paul Getty III founded Siena Art Institute Library Collection. Her exhibitions have been in New York City, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, England, and Los Angeles and covered by New York Times, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. McTigue lives and works in Montenegro.
Channeling subjects such as dream imagery, imagined landscapes, geodes, outer space and The Big Bang, Tran explores the shapes of nature, with the infusion of fantastical, pulsing synthetic hues. The psychedelic visuals are harvested from the place where inner-verse meets outer-verse, where optical misfires combine with a vacuum pull moving at the speed of light. Through painting, sculpture and installation, she creates atmospheres that aim to activate.
Public collections of Tran’s work include the City of Seattle's Portable Works Collection, Capital One, Vulcan Inc., Baer Art Center, Camac Art Centre, The El Paso Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, The King County Public Art Collection and The Child Center. Tran has completed multiple special projects and installations, including work for VH1Save the Music Foundation, The Seattle Art Museum, The Brain Project Toronto, Public Art at The Aqua Art Fair Miami and Vulcan Inc.
She has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants; including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust, Clowes Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the Nellie Cornish Scholarship and residency at The Camac Art Centre in France, The Baer Art Center in Iceland, Jentel, Millay Colony for the Arts and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She resides in Seattle, WA.