"Paper Paradox" at Carroll Square Gallery Monday, March 3

The “paradox” in “Paper Paradox,” a 10-artist exhibit at Carroll Square Gallery, is that the ultimate two-dimensional material can, with some effort, be teased into three-dimensional sculpture. When the paper in “Paper Paradox” is handmade, even “flat” isn’t flat. Consider Peter Winant’s “Chalk Lines,” (shown) in which pigment is carefully applied to paper made of abaca and cotton; the resulting buckles on the surface are heightened by the work’s placement in a glassless frame. Other artists in the exhibit go so far as to make proper sculptures. Suzanne Desaix’s abstracted “Cornucopia” is constructed from flax, iris, and hay fibers, while Alice Quatrochi’s wall-mounted sculpture is made from flax and wire. But the most eloquent (if also fussy) take on paper as art object comes from Ceci Cole McInturff, who has arranged six opened wood boxes in a gentle semicircle, each holding a stack of fragile, translucent, handmade paper inscribed with text, alongside a small, vaguely human sculptural form. The way the paper is stacked—airily, with varying sizes laying on top of one another—is a form of sculpture by itself. The exhibit is on view Mondays to Fridays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St. NW. Free. (202) 234-5601. hemphillfinearts.com.

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