We all have them, those pieces of clothing we can't bear to part with. A thrift shop suit from your City Hall wedding. That unspeakable dress from senior prom. An old college rugby t-shirt to go with your bum knee. They might be buried at the back of the closet, but we keep them because of the memories they represent. But what if the clothing in question is a military uniform, and the memories are of war? After coming home from Iraq, Drew Cameron found a way to cope with his experiences there by creating the Combat Paper Project with book artist Drew Matott. The Project's artists invite the public to work with them to deconstruct uniforms and turn them into paper, a process of transformation that memorializes the stories of the original wearers. Southern Exposure is currently set up as a fully functioning paper mill while Combat Paper Project is in residence, and for one weekend only, artist Ehren Tool joins them in the gallery with his pottery wheel for Paper/Cups, the opening reception for the ongoing project. A former Marine and Gulf War vet himself, Tool creates hand-thrown drinking vessels embedded with soldiers on horses, military insignia, and other symbols of aggression which he then freely gives away to encourage further conversation about war. Drop by to see him at work alongside Combat Paper Project or to share your own stories.
Sept. 21-22, 6 p.m., 2012