Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made –surprise!– of paper. His most recent exhibition, Factory Made, is a series of brightly-colored collages inspired by the arduous process of converting pulp into a beautiful paper product. The pieces are created from a variety of paper stock from the independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company, a 140-year-old American paper mill known for its long history of recycled paper manufacturing.
Hambouz begins his creative process by hand-cutting French Paper Company paper, including the company’s Dur-O-Tone and Speckletone papers, which are made with 100 percent recycled materials. Using a bright collage format, the artist has created 18 large-scale works that convey the detailed step-by-step industrial process of producing paper.
Factory Made will be on display from September 10 – November 21, 2014 in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of The Americas. There will be an artist reception on 10/2 from 6-8 PM (free and open to the public). Visitors interested in checking out the work otherwise can RSVP to [email protected] The regular visiting hours are Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM.