Sculpture by TJ Mabrey

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Sculptor TJ Mabrey

The Square and Paper — 2017
 

9 Up Detail

TJ Mabrey   9UP Detail without Black Stick   Embossed, Cut, Folded Manilla paper   22 x 22 inches each
 

Though I am primarily recognized as a sculptor in stone, paper has always been my secondary medium of choice, going back to the late 1970s. My exploration of embossed paper and cellulose pulp (the origins of paper) is the focus of my current work.
 

WHITE and 9UP Studio Installation

TJ Mabrey   WHITE and 9UP   studio installation
 

I have limited the direction of these new experiments by my use, and consideration, of the square. The foundation of the work is embossing the paper, which is done on a large etching press, or by hand, pressing pulp through a template.
 

TJ Mabrey - Squaring the Circle

TJ Mabrey   Squaring the Circle   Embossed, cut, folded manilla paper   22 x 22 inches
 

The resulting pieces of paper and pulp are then incised, folded, manipulated, repeated, possibly painted, and made available for an endless modular installation, though the occasional single unit may seem worthy of framing.
 

TJ Mabrey - WHITE Squares on Square

TJ Mabrey   WHITE Squares on Square   embossed, folded, cut archival paper   22 x 22 x 1.25 inches
 

This repetition of process is used to call attention to the variation within the sameness of each piece of paper. At the same time, it helps deny closure of an installation presented in a modular format, which could be continued up, down, or sideways, ad infinitum, while still allowing the work to stand as a complete work at any point.
 

WHITE Fifteen Up

TJ Mabrey   WHITE Fifteen Up   embossed, cut, folded Manilla paper   22 x 22 inches each
 

Repetition is found in patterns of nature. It is intrinsic to science, where repetition is used to verify a hypothesis. It is found in the structure of DNA and the study of genetics. Repetition in art can be a useful tool to express abstracted ideas in nature and science. And so I am exploring the concept through paper.
 

I R Squared

TJ Mabrey   EYE R Square   embossed cellulose pulp, paint, iron elelment   22 x 22 x 1.25 inches

 

 

Statement About The Square and Paper - 2017 

Shredded, Pulped & Squared Jennifer Lynch 2017 

SHREDDED, PULPED & SQUARED JENNIFER LYNCH, 2017  Handmade paper, 18 x 18 inches  (23 x 23 inches framed)
 

Inspired by Rauschenberg’s erasure of a DeKooning drawing (1953), I choose to shred a print by Taos Master Printmaker, Jennifer Lynch (with her permission), make it into pulp, and create a piece of handmade paper, into which remnants of the print were inserted, before it was embossed.

Though I am primarily recognized as a sculptor in stone, paper has always been my secondary medium of choice, going back to the late 1970s. My exploration of embossed paper and cellulose pulp (the origins of paper) is the focus of my current work. I have limited the direction of these new experiments by my use, and consideration, of the square.


TJ Mabrey
232 Camino de Santiago
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Cell: 575-613-3269
tjmabrey@gmail.com