Papergirl is an all-inclusive participatory, analogue, non-commercial, and impulsive art distribution project for artists and enthusiasts. It is intended to take art distribution out of the galleries and into the streets, via direct delivery to the public in the style of the American paperboy.
Papergirl is currently taking submissions, and will do so until August 19th, the project’s launch date. After the deadline date, distribution begins. Pieces are distributed (rolled and banded) indiscriminately to passers-by on the street, in an effort to broaden the public’s consciousness of local artists and to give artists a wider, more liberated venue to exhibit themselves.
The project was founded in Berlin by Aisha Ronnigerand has been carried out every year since 2006. The initial impulse for the project sparked from the tightening of a German law that equated sticking up posters in public places with graffiti. Papergirl was Aisha’s response to the more stringent limitations brought on by the government as a new way to distribute art directly to society without violating laws. Since then, the project has made a transatlantic migration to the United States and captured the attention of artists throughout the country.
Papergirl was brought to Portland in 2009 by Abraham Ingleand received more than two hundred submissions. It began with an opening during First Friday and continued with a gathering of volunteer cyclists, photographers, and videographers distributing rolls and documenting the arc of the project.
This year’s project is aiming for a broader, more continual scope, with submissions collected year-round and distributed annually during the summer. It will consist of three events: an initial exhibition of featured submissions, followed by distribution, and finally a concluding party. The ending event will commemorate all contributors who donated their effort and time to the project with copious amounts of in-house music. Specific dates will be announced as the submission deadline approaches.
Further Factoids which were too difficult to add in the little essay:
– Everyone can participate by submitting art and/or by helping with the distribution.
– Papergirl is distributed like a newspaper, but not edited or printed like it.
– There are no guidelines as to subject matter or quantity. As we don’t select, it’s the artist who decides what he wants to show and have distributed. So originals, prints, photos, copies etc. can come together as long it’s rollable. Each roll contains 1-5 different works, meaning that each one holds a unique combination of works!
– The art rolls cannot be sold and they are not delivered to subscribers.