2013 Dieu Donné Annual Benefit Exhibition:  Honoring Jane Hammond, Mary Sabbatino, Kate Shepherd, and Ursula von Rydingsvard
September 12 – October 4, 2013
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On Monday, October 7th, 2013 Dieu Donné will hold their Annual Benefit and Auction at James Cohan Gallery. This year, the boutique papermill will honor four remarkable female artists, Jane Hammond, Mary Sabbatino, Kate Shepard and Ursula von Rydingsvard (whose monumental bronze sculpture was just installed at the Barclays Center underneath its distinctive “oculus” overhang), for their vital contributions to the Dieu Donné artistic legacy. The evening will feature live and silent auctions of over 100 new artworks on handmade paper made by an exciting group of contemporary artists. Philae Knight, Senior Representative and Private Client Services at PHILLIPS will be stepping up to the podium as auctioneer for the live benefit auction. Live auction artworks will be available for preview on Dieu Donné’s partner site Paddle 8. Additionally, bidding for silent auction artworks will be accepted throughout the run of the exhibition and auction event.

Dieu Donne Opening Preview, Sept 5th

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On Thursday September 12th, Dieu Donné Gallery hosted an opening reception and preview for the artworks which will be featured in the upcoming Annual Benefit Exhibition and Auction. Each artist was given a 8.5″ x 8.5″ sheet of handmade paper to create a work for the exhibition. The results were remarkably varied and beautifully presented.  Highlights include works by Grayson CoxPeter D. GerakarisEthan Greenbaum and Buzz Spector.

Grayson Cox
Known for his digital sculptures and architectural furniture, conceptual artist Grayson Cox continues to contemplate objects in space with his works on paper. Freefallin’ depicts an iced coffee floating effortlessly in the sky, disconnected and unaware of its eventual impact on us all. Cox’s painting explores themes of the “in-between” that examine the grey area where modernism and nature merge. The Brooklyn-based artist is  currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and just completed his public art project which is now installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Grayson Cox Freefallin', 2013 Acrylic on handmade paper 8.5" x 8.5" Courtesy of the Artist

Grayson Cox
Freefallin’, 2013
Acrylic on handmade paper
8.5″ x 8.5″
Courtesy of the Artist

Peter D. Gerakaris
New York City based artist Peter D. Gerakaris has created a refreshingly original dimension in contemporary art by seamlessly synthesizing his signature “post-pop botanic” style with a new origami-fold, architectural-sculptural accordion book. While each of his accordion books have been hand-painted, one of a kind works until now (such as those recently featured in the Mykonos Biennale videos), this particular three dimensional work at Dieu Donné features high-resolution digital print montages derived from Gerakaris’ new Rappaccini Terrarium Tondo Series. Here, Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic imagery of “pretty poison” finds its muse in Hawthorne’s tale, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” originally set in an enchanted, yet toxic Renaissance garden. It seems only fitting the artist has chosen to reconstitute literary-inspired imagery as a pictorial book. Furthermore, this sculptural book is installed on a mirrored shelf to offer multiple viewpoints and is accompanied by a small figurine to indicate the artist’s plan for realizing these works on a massive environmental-architectural scale.
Peter D. Gerakaris Rappaccini Terrarium Accordion Book, 2013 Digital prints and wood Dimensions variable Courtesy of the Artist

Peter D. Gerakaris
Rappaccini Terrarium Accordion Book, 2013
Digital prints and wood
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the Artist

Ethan Greenbaum
Ethan Greenbaum is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist who likes to blur the boundaries between disciplines. Through abstracting processes like scanning and flatbed printing, Greenbaum creates architectural surfaces with an uncanny tactility and perceptual slipperiness. Cyclopeanish presents itself as a sculptural skein of bright colors that explores spatial illusions and the built environment. The paper, which was donated to the artist from Dieu Donné courtesy of leftover jobs, was repurposed and cast from a vacuum formed plastic cast of a plaster copy of a brick wall.  The result is a beautiful fusion of elusive materiality which fully engages the viewer. Currently, Greenbaum is part of an artists book collaboration with Sara Greenberger Rafferty and David Kennedy Cutler entitled “&&&” (published by Paper Cuts) which premiered at the New York Art Book Fair  this past weekend. The artist will also have a solo show of sculptures and wall-based work at Kansas Gallery in Tribeca on October 26th.
Ethan Greenbaum Cyclopeanish, 2013 Cast paper 9.5" x 9" x 1" Courtesy of the Artist

Ethan Greenbaum
Cyclopeanish, 2013
Cast paper
9.5″ x 9″ x 1″
Courtesy of the Artist

Buzz Spector
Franklin “Buzz” Spector is an internationally recognized artist and critical writer whose work makes frequent use of the book both as subject and object, and explores relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. Spector has published a number of artists’ books and editions since the mid-1970’s, including “Buzzwords,” a book of interviews with the artist. Spector’s collage, Writers as Others shows the artist thinking with his hands, where images are divided, incongruously paired in attempt to present new truths. The groupings present complexities about about public and private personas and society’s resistance to multiple identities.  Spector serves as dean of the College and Graduate School of Art for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University and is currently featuring a new group of collages at Expo Chicago courtesy of Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.
Buzz Spector Writers as Others, 2013 Collage 8.5" x 8.5" Courtesy of the Artist

Buzz Spector
Writers as Others, 2013
Collage
8.5″ x 8.5″
Courtesy of the Artist

Founded in 1976 by Sue Gosin, Dieu Donné is a nonprofit artist workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of contemporary art in handmade paper. In support of this mission, Dieu Donné collaborates with outstanding artists and continues to reinvent and adapt age-old hand papermaking techniques for contemporary artwork.  Dieu Donné presents solo and group exhibitions with a curatorial focus on works made both with and on handmade paper primarily produced in their studios.