September 18 - November 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 5:00 - 9:00pm

Co-presented in: Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 1st Floor and
Center for Book and Paper Arts, 2nd Floor

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.

Participating Artists:

Jaq Belcher
Béatrice Coron 
Michelle Forsyth
Reni Gower
Lenka Konopasek
Lauren Scanlon
Daniella Woolf


Artist talk: Reni Gower
Tuesday, October 14, 6 pm, Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, First Floor

Columbia College Academic Partners:  Center for Book + Paper Arts

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