Date of Submission

Spring 2011

Academic Program

Studio Arts


Kenji Fujita

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Bogus Paper is a product advertised in the Uline* catalog as “An economical choice for multipurpose void fill.” I came across the listing for this product while flipping through the catalog looking for images to include in a collage I was working on. Collage appeals to me as a process as it provides the means to create a unique whole from entirely disparate (and in many cases found) parts. In my two-dimensional work, I aim to create fictive spaces from these dissimilar elements.

BOGUS PAPER is an experiment in extending the medium of collage. The term “bogus” is used to describe an object or event, which is in some way imitative of false. Through utilizing the implicit texture of the printed image, I have found that I can effectively simulate the construction of a fictional (although familiar) object, i.e. a piece of plywood covered with bubble wrap. Similarly, through applying the collage process to handmade three-dimensional structures, I have found that I am able to further confuse this work’s relationship to “the found” versus “the art” object.

*On its website, the company describes itself as “the leading distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America”.

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