WORKS ON PAPER
Amidst quarantine, many of our artists have been left without access to their studios, their homes, and their usual creative quarters. The thought of them having insufficient tools to continue practicing art was truly unthinkable, so Ki stopped at the post office in mid-April to mail out small stacks of drawing paper to all locations of our artists quarantines: Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, Vermont, and, of course, all the New York boroughs. The paper has now returned to us transformed into art, and has been nestled into Ki Smith Gallery’s house-made, glass-front oak frames.
We thought that a time of quiet and isolated cerebrality might lend itself perfectly to the delicate quality of work on paper. Our artists—in their constant exploration of materials, theories, and experimentation—are the ideal group to highlight the medium as being incredibly and surprisingly malleable. In the Works on Paper Project, you’ll find iridescent film, thread, charcoal, and even inkjet print transfers. Altogether, the works stand as a testament to the power of art. Subject matter deals in materiality, humor, race, identity—you’ll even find the beautiful visage of our very own Claire Foussard in one of the works.
We are excited to share that 10% of sales will be donated to The Harlem School of the Arts. As we move into our second year of programming, we hope to continue using our exhibitions to highlight important causes and organizations in our community. We are impassioned by HSA’s commitment to “leveling the playing field by empowering young people from across the multi-cultural and socio-economic spectrum,” and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support such a valuable arts education resource in the neighborhood that has so warmly welcomed our Gallery.