A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition

On Thursday, May 10th I had the privilege of attending an amazing paper exhibition at the Christopher Henry Gallery entitled A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters. This group exhibition, curated by Diana Ewer, is celebrating the renaissance of cut paper as an artistic medium where 12 international artists have been featured, each working in their in particular expertise whether it be a carefully sliced book or an intricately cut piece of paper.

The artists featured include Hina Aoyama (b. Japan), Jaq Belcher (b. Australia), Doug Beube (b. Canada), Zoe Bradley (b.UK), Brian Dettmer (b. USA), Danielle Durchslag (b. USA), Adam Fowler (b. USA), Chris Gilmour (b.UK), Dylan Graham (b. New Zealand), Guy Laramée (b. Canada), Pablo Lehmann (b. Argentina), and Thomas Witte (b. USA).

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition - Jaq Belcher | Form is Empty

Jaq Belcher Form is Empty, 2011
Hand cut paper, 5,832 cuts
Framed size 42 x 42 in
Image Courtesy of the Artist and the Christopher Henry Gallery

“Individually, these artists are praised for their distinctive techniques and approach to working in this medium. As a collective, A Cut Above provides an insight into how the medium has gained traction on the international art stage and presents a broad spectrum of works by emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad, some exhibiting in New York for the first time.” — Christopher Henry Gallery

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition - Thomas Witte

Thomas Witte Chinatown 2, 2012
Hand cut archival paper
Paper size 22 x 30 in
Framed size 26 ½ x 34 in
Image Courtesy of the Artist and the Christopher Henry Gallery

This was the first time since Slash Under the Knife, featured at MAD Museum, that I had been to such a exhibition, so naturally I was ecstatic! I discovered new artists and finally was able to admire works that I have technically only seen via computer screen face to face.

Diana Ewer as well as Jason LeBlonde, Assistant Director, were very helpful in helping me to distinguish who the artists were, since apparently I’m shy and wasn’t sure. I met Thomas Witte, who is absolutely delightful and has incredible paper cut pieces based on photographs (stay tuned for an interview in the future). Thomas was inspired by Dylan Graham, who I also was able to speak with, after attending an exhibition he was a part of. I wish I could have met more of the artists, it was really nice to hear their inspirations and what brought them to where they are now.

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition - Doug Beube | Optical Projections

Doug Beube Optical Projections for Zoom +/-, 2009
Altered atlases, collage, glass, light, mirror
15 x 23 x 8 in
Image Courtesy of the Artist and the Christopher Henry Gallery

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition - Chris Gilmour | E

Chris Gilmour St George and the Dragon, 2011
Cardboard and glue Life size,
75 x 40 x 40 in
Image Courtesy of the Artist and the Christopher Henry Gallery

“A Cut Above stages an important reunion of paper masters: Doug Beube, Brian Dettmer, Adam Fowler, Chris Gilmour and Dylan Graham, exhibited together in MAD museum’s 2009 seminal exhibition, Slash Paper Under the Knife. A significant inspiration to many artists and designers, Slash directly influenced the work of rising talents, Danielle Durchslag and Thomas Witte who show new works alongside pieces by artists that have directly informed their practice.” — Christopher Henry Gallery

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition - Hina Aoyama | Papillon II

Hina Aoyama Papillon II, 2012
Cut paper with scissors
Image size 3 x 3 ¾ in Framed size 8 x 8 in
Image Courtesy of the Artist and the Christopher Henry Gallery

“Born in Japan, Hina Aoyama, works in France, where she was recently awarded first prize at the “Triennale International du Papier”. Zoe Bradley studied Fashion Design and is based in London. She worked with British designer, Alexander McQueen in the 90s and has made a name for herself working across multiple disciplines; combining sculpture, fashion and theatre. Guy Laramée is also an interdisciplinary artist, but recently shot to fame for his magical landscapes carved into obsolete books and encyclopedias. Argentine artist, Pablo Lehmann, lives works in Buenos Aires. His unique works made up of cut text and layered paper are highly sort after across Latin America. Australian born, Jaq Belcher, has lived in New York since 2001. She is a studio member of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and a recent finalist for MTA’s “Art for Transit” award.” — Christopher Henry Gallery

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters Exhibition - Brian Dettmer | Standard America

Brian Dettmer Standard American, 2008
Altered set of encyclopedias
9 ¼ x 26 x 9 ½ in
Image Courtesy of the Artist and the Christopher Henry Gallery

The exhibition will be running at the Christopher Henry Gallery until June 24th. If you happen to be in New York or are stopping through, be sure to check it out! Thank you to Diana Ewer, Jason LeBlonde and Christopher Henry for a great evening filled with inspiring artists. I look forward to working with you soon!

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters
May 10th – June 24th 2012 UPDATE: Now extended to July 15th
Christopher Henry Gallery
127 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10013
www.christopherhenrygallery.com

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