While perusing one of my favorite “wrap up all the news and culture in the Capital District” websites, All Over Albany, I saw a report about a special art project that is currently taking place in the Capital District. And it involves the region’s designated Papergirl.
No, not the person who drives by my house every morning and flings the Times-Union into my hedges.
Apparently this art project began a few years ago, when a woman in Berlin, Germany created an art distribution exhibit as a protest to what, at that time, were rules in Germany that equated bill postings with graffiti. This person solicited artists to donate artworks, the artworks would be displayed in a gallery, the artwork would then be wrapped up into little tubes, and distributed – often by bicycle messenger – to anyone lucky enough to receive an artwork at random. And at the end, a party would be held that would bring the artists and the recipients together. More information on the project can be found at this website.
In Albany, art student Sina Hickey found the website, and thought it might be a nice idea to recreate the “Papergirl” project in our area. Others had brought the “Papergirl” concept to their cities, and Sina wanted to give it a try as well. So with that, she created a myspace page asking for artwork – the art needed to be rollable and hand-made (no photocopies).
So with that, I went through some of my photographs – and found several of my “fisheye” shots of the Capital Region that I took a couple of weeks ago. I printed them out, put them in an envelope, and mailed them to the Papergirl.
Now if all goes well, and they get accepted into the Papergirl project, the photos will be part of a gallery exhibition, “Flux,” at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany. That exhibition will run from October 9-11. After that, all the artwork (including my photographs) will be rolled up in tubes, and Sina and her friends will bicycle around the Capital Region, handing out the artwork to anyone who walks by.
I’ll keep you updated on what happens with the artwork, as well as visiting St. Joseph’s Church to see the “Flux” gallery show.