Behind Yale’s Rolling-Paper Chase:
The rolling paper shortage that gripped New Haven last spring is long over, but the evidence remains. It’s on plain view at 32 Edgewood Avenue, in the shiny three-year-old gallery operated by the Yale School of Art, where Brazilian artist Jac Leirner has lovingly installed the flimsy sheets in three elegant minimalist grids. For the largest, Skin (Smoking Red), which measures almost 6 by 12 feet, she used 900 papers. Not one to waste materials, she made work out of the packages, too.
The shopping spree came at the instigation of Yale Art School Dean Robert Storr, who had invited Leirner to come to New Haven for a month and create a show in the gallery. The artist, known for her obsessive assemblages of items like bank notes and cigarette packages, made 22 pieces over 30 days. Read more.
A detail of Jac Leirner’s “Skin (Zig Zag Kutcorner Slow Burning),” 2012, on view at the Yale School of Art through September 30. Courtesy the artist.