Over the past nine years, Orna Feinstein has collected tens of thousands of art exhibition invitations and she has repurposed them to create her new installation, Papellibrium. Combining the cards on the floor of the gallery in swirling patterns that make powerful use of the different palettes on the cards-one side black text, the other, colorful image- Feinstein breathes new life into these humble materials. The organic, curving shapes Feinstein creates on the floor simultaneously reference a field of flowers and a cross section of vascular cambium that could be straight from a plant anatomy book. Feinstein leads viewers through the unorthodox installation and challenges notions of positive and negative space incorporating the gallery architecture itself into the work. Papellibrium calls to mind the concept of equilibrium in which all biological systems survive, co-exist, and function.
Special thanks to all who donated the cards for this installation: Anya Tish Gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art Dallas, the Printing Museum, John Cleary Gallery, Goldsberry Gallery, McMurtrey Gallery, Hooks Epstein Gallery, CamibaArt Gallery, Austin Contemporary, Williams Tower Gallery, Lawndale, and Women & Their Work.