Paper, a seemingly basic material that lends itself easily to a variety of functional applications, becomes the focal point for a new exhibition at Ticho House. In Paperworks, it morphs from a neutral and passive role into a meaningful creative medium with particular attributes that are central to the creation of uniquely individual works of art. The exhibition presents works by contemporary artists, including Hilla Ben Ari,Yifat Bezalel, Jan Tichy, Shaul Zemach and Maya Zack, who use paper as the central – sometimes exclusive – material, creating imaginary worlds imbued with new meaning.
In the early years of the twentieth century, contemporary artists undertook a new investigation of paper as part of their revolt against conventional ideas. Dadaists tore paper and used the scraps to create collages; the papier-mâché technique was integrated into the fine arts; and conceptual art inquired into the material qualities of paper and addressed its influence on the nature of the completed work. Paperworks can thus be seen as a continuation of trends that subverted paper's traditional contexts and roles, changing its status from a two-dimensional surface to that of an active factor in the creative process.
On view at Ticho House, formerly the home of artist Anna Ticho and her husband, ophthalmologist Dr. Avraham Ticho, Paperworks is thematically connected to its venue on a variety of levels – from the ongoing display of Anna Ticho's works on paper to the impressive library housed there. The participating artists are familiar with the paper legacy that suffuses the house, and their works reflect an awareness of its unique spaces and holdings.