“Papercuts: A Poetic Interplay of Light and Shadow”
Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the artists (Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf) 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.
Narrative metaphor and transformative time infuse all the works. 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 with obsessive labor intensive processes(cutting, rolling, punching, folding, pinning) the artists submerge themselves and their viewers in a meditative and liberating experience.
“Laboriously cut by hand, the works in the exhibition are poetic interplays of light and shadow.” Reni Gower, curator.
Funding for this exhibition is made possible in part by Georgia State University Student Activity Fee Fund, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The exhibition is also sponsored in part by VCUarts, School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Gallery admission is free and open to the public.
An additional reception will be held as part of the Downtown First Thursdays Arts Walk on Thursday, February 2, 5-8 p.m.
Through Feb. 3.
Welch School Galleries/ GSU
10 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303