Artist's handmade paper works on display at city hall

Artist's handmade paper works on display at city hall

URBANA — Maybe you can't change city hall. But you can enhance it, visually.

The city's public arts program from August through October will show in city hall corridors "From the Surface," featuring dimensional handmade paper works work by Steve Kostell.

Kostell uses paper to cast the surfaces of public spaces.

"By using pulp fibers as the primary medium, I am able to sample formal qualities, capturing freeze joints, textures and subtle imperfections that are universal to the built environment," he said. "Through the drying process of pulp to paper, these surface samples of common sidewalks, streets or parking lots are transformed to new topologies."

Using recycled cotton and plant fibers, latex paint, and discarded lumber forms, Kostell uses materials from the consumer waste stream to create a sustainable studio practice.

"From the Surface" is free and open to the public and will be on display through Oct. 31 in the lobby of the city building, 400 S. Vine St.

Kostell is an intermedia artist and lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Art + Design. He received a master's of fine arts degree from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. His artwork spans traditional and experimental techniques in print media, handmade paper, artist books, photography and video.

Kostell also is co-investigator at Fresh Press Agri-fiber Paper Laboratory, a research lab developing paper blends from agricultural and indigenous plant fiber. He also serves as co-investigator at Soybean Press, the letterpress imprint of the University.

Artist of the Corridor exhibitions are displayed for a period of three months, as a part of the Urbana Public Arts Program,

For more information, contact public arts coordinator Christina McClelland at 384-2311, or by email at Information about the Urbana Public Arts Program is at and, and on Twitter at

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