Union Hall at Bar Marco
Feb 4 – March 1, 2016
Opening Reception Feb 4, 6-9pm
New work from Laurie Trok’s Paper Ball Project series, including ten new 7 foot paper cut works.
Laurie Trok, a Pittsburgh based visual artist is working to create 1,000 cut paper pieces of art originating from the common paper ball. A paper ball is thrown away, discarded; it evokes frustration, shame, and embarrassment. This projects seeks to create templates from these emotional reactions to an idea.
Trok’s process consists of crumpling sheets of paper of varying sizes into paper balls, unfolding them, and following the lines of the folds to cut away the shapes created during the act of crumpling (a form of folding). It is a meditative practice that continues to reveal the architecture of this throw away action.
As with most paper cut work, an increment of time is revealed with each piece. While some have a great deal cut away and follow the creases with care and rigidity, others are more fast and loose. The repetition of this process one after another also marks time as the project grows.
Each work is documented by polaroid in its initial state, the paper ball. This polaroid accompanies the numbered and dated work, and is catalogued alongside the physical piece. This documentation helps to provide a visual history of each work.