Origami began as a refined and rarified art practiced by the upper classes in Japan, but Extreme Origami presents a more modern, adventurous ethos. Using materials including metal, fabric, synthetics (and yes, still paper), origami artists from around the world present works that are extremely large, extremely small, extremely intricate and extremely innovative. Work with special relevance to research in medicine, mathematics and engineering will be featured. With mixed-media and multimedia components, this exhibition displays both the aesthetic and technological possibilities of origami in the 21st century.
Extreme Origami is part of the annual summer Origami Heaven program. The exhibition is complemented by the Origami Heaven 2013 festival, which takes place on Wednesday, July 31. The festival features workshops, a puppet portal, storigami (storytelling through origami) and demonstrations of oversized folding. Daily workshops hosted by experienced folders take place from 12 pm to 1 pm for the duration of the exhibition, and are free and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by the Long Island Folding Enthusiasts (L.I.F.E) and the Japan Center at Stony Brook.
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