Sept. 18 – Nov. 8, 2014
1104 S. Wabash Ave, 1st and 2nd floors
Glass Curtain & CBPA Galleries
Gallery Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9am – 5pm, Thurs 9am – 7pm, Sat noon – 5pm
Papercuts features 7 international artists who work with paper as material, intricately and obsessively hand cutting to create narrative or metaphoric content.
“The act of cutting becomes a contemplative ritual that is embedded in the practice of the artists in this exhibition,” states organizer Reni Gower.
Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States, the artists bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using all manner of tools and paper, the artists create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist’s hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow, and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions.
Each artist contributes a unique sensibility within a complex (often installation based) construct that has hand cut paper at its core. Whether manifested as silhouettes, romanticized fictions, enigmatic reenactments, cryptic scripts or poetic abstractions, the artists address historical, cultural, and personal identity. By encrypting their content through arduous and obsessive processes (cutting, rolling, punching, folding, pinning) the meditative works are charged with narrative, metaphor, and beauty.
Artist talk: Reni Gower
Tuesday, October 14, 6 pm, Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, First Floor
Papercuts is co-presented by the Department of Exhibitions, Performances and Student Spaces and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, and is sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts.