The WOW! factor of Paper Biennial Rijswijk, 2012|
The 9th edition of any Art biennial can be a risky enterprise. Is the concept still sexy or jaded?
Curator Anne Kloosterboer, mind and soul of the Dutch Biennial wondered if this edition could add to the previous exhibitions. The Biennial turned out to be a fresh and up-to-date reflection of the international Arts and Design world. It shows cross pollinations between art and science, digital techniques and social design. Anybody still thinking of paper art as messy pulpmaking and nifty origami will be surprised. The visual impact of the very varied works is ‘wow!’ Due to that ‘wow’ factor the urge to touch is not as acute as could be expected. After all - paper is a very common tactile commodity from the shopping receipt, to wrapping paper to toilet paper. Exceptional pieces ranging from a grand to a microscopic scale are displayed.
complete review published in SELVEDGE, autumn edition 2012