Working with Print Media is how Hans Jürgen Simon characterizes his work and simultaneously describes the material out of which he fashions his art. Simon, one of the artists in Paperworks: material as medium, which opens at the Flinn Gallery in the Greenwich Library in Greenwich on May10th, creates works from printed pages, some of which have not found their way to a reader. He dissects newspapers and returned books and magazine pages and finds new relationships, new materials and colortones, concentrating on the quality of the paper, the color and the typography of the media. The result: works that resemble landscapes and topographical forms in which the raw material has been encrypted, leaving for the viewer, according to one critic, “a camouflouaged trail” of letters and image fragments that reveals “a new structure of meaning.” In his studio in Georgsmarienhütte, Germany, Simon has been composing his imaginatively original and pure forms since 1991 and presenting them in public nationally and internationally since 1994. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, including at the Bikuben Paper Museum in Denmark, the Charmey Museum in Switzerland, the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands and the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. Paperworks: material as medium co-curated by Kelly Eberly, Barbara Richards and browngrotta arts, is at the Flinn Gallery from May 10th through June 21st. The opening is May 10th from 6 to 8 p.m.; there is a Curator’s Walkthrough on May 12th at 2 p.m. and an Artist’s Talk with Wendy Wahl on June 10th. The Flinn Gallery is in the Greenwich Public Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830. For more information call: 203.622.7947.
Art News: Paperworks: material as medium — Hans-Jürgen SimonMay 8, 2012 arttextstyle0 Comment