Paper Art Exhibit at Currier Museum of Art - Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting

Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting is an exhibit that just opened this past weekend at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire in the U.S. I'm hoping I'll have the chance to visit before it closes on May 21, 2017, as seeing the work of three dozen artists is right up my paper-loving alley.

Paper Art Exhibit - Charles Clary Meticulous Excavations Movement #3 (detail)
Charles Clary, Meticulous Excavations Movement #3 (detail), 2017, 
hand-cut paper and acrylic on panel, dimensions variable, 
image courtesy of the artist, © Charles Clary.

The Currier website describes the exhibit: "Deep Cuts will showcase work by contemporary artists who reconsider, redefine and even subvert the centuries-old practice of paper cutting. In the tradition of the craft, the art to be featured in the exhibition is impressive and intricate, but its subject matter is updated for the 21st century."

Paper Art Exhibit - Stefana McClure Manner of Death (detail)
Stefana McClure, Manner of Death: Natural (detail), 2010-11,
 cut paper, knitted, 3 1/2 x 18 x 18 in., private collection, New York,
 image courtesy of the artist and Josée Bienvenu Gallery, © Stefana McClure.

"Addressing deeper personal or social themes, the work will touch upon complex reference points including the various cultural, economic and environmental associations imbued in the humble medium of paper."

Paper Art Exhibit - Mark Wagner, Very Expensive Push Broom
Mark Wagner, Very Expensive Push Broom, 2008, edition of 9, 
cut currency and cherry wood, 61 x 16 x 6 in., private collection, New York, 
image courtesy of the artist, © Mark Wagner.

Featured artists: Elizabeth Alexander, Noriko Ambe, Hina Aoyama, Doug Beube, Ambreen Butt, Jonathan Callan, Rob Carter, Charles Clary, Brian Dettmer, Andrea Dezsö, Lauren Fensterstock, Adam Fowler, Randy Garber, Meg Hitchcock, Jim Hodges, Li Hongbo, Fred H C Liang, Marco Maggi, Youdhi Maharjan, Stefana McClure, Lisa Nilsson, Julian Opie, Shannon Rankin, Nikki Rosato, Kim Rugg, Mathias Schmied, Jane South, Jill Sylvia, Sarah Sze, Yuken Teruya, Robert The, Randal Thurston, August Ventimiglia, Mark Wagner, Kara Walker and C. K. Wilde.

Paper Art Exhibit - Doug Beube, Erosion #14
Doug Beube, Erosion #14, 2007, 
abraded maps, 12 x 9 in., private collection, New York, 
image courtesy of the artist, © Doug Beube.

Quite a few of the names are well-known in the paper art world. Quillers will recognize Lisa Nilsson's Male Pelvis from Tissue Series, which is included in the exhibit. Lauren Fensterstock, whose cut and curled black paper installation, Black Mirrors, has been showcased here on the blog, has work in the show as well.

Paper Art Exhibit - Nikki Rosato, Untitled (Portrait)
Nikki Rosato, Untitled (Portrait), 2016, 
hand-cut road map, 20 x 20 x 10 in., courtesy of the artist and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, 
© Nikki Rosato.

There are forty one objects in the show. Currier's PR and Marketing Director, Steve Konick, explained, "Many of the artists created new work for the exhibition, including six installation works. Also, for context we have included seven works from the Currier’s permanent collection of historic papercuts from the 19th and early 20th century."

Paper Art Exhibit - Yuken Teruya, Tory Burch (Pink) and Tory Burch (Blue) (detail)
Yuken Teruya, Tory Burch (Pink) and Tory Burch (Blue) (detail), 2010, 
cuts on paper, glue, 21 x 48 x 15 ½ in., private collection, New York,
 image courtesy of Josée Bienvenu Gallery, © Yuken Teruya.

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  1. the map...think I'll have to go over the river to New Hampshire.


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