Scrapbooks, the original Pinterest, serve as an artists’ fertile ground in which ideas, inspiration and memorabilia are glued, taped and stapled onto pages. Hopefully, they will incubate within the pages and become brilliant works of art or, at the very least, revealing time capsules. Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, on view at Andrew Roth Gallery until March 29th, offers the curious a glimpse into the creative processes of artists like William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Prince and Gerhard Richter.
Also on view at the exhibit is Scraphagia, a film by Karin Schneider and Louise Ward commissioned for the exhibit. The film offers a page by page view of all the scrapbooks by some 20 artists since viewers are unable to manually flip through the scrapbooks themselves. Visual stimulation at its best.