Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Third Act of An Obsession with Sculpture, Muskegon Museum of Art Opens Papercuts Show with Artist Reception Thursday, 1-9-2014.

Papercuts: The Art of Contemporary Papercutting

January 9 through March 16, 2014

L. C. and Margaret Walker Gallery

Paper cutting is a study in contrasts: a thin, fragile material is pierced with sharp knives, lasers, or stamping devices, the inherent fallibility of the art form making it all the more compelling. Papercuts, developed by artist Reni Gower, brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using many kinds of paper and tools, seven artists have created more than 30 works that range from narrative commentaries to structural abstractions and complex installations—bold statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of hand to paper through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China.

Through large and small scale pieces, the artists reveal a range of possibilities achieved by cutting, bending, and folding paper. Complex patterns and teeming cityscapes are established using a single cut sheet, while other artists cut and assemble multiple layers of paper in intricate installations.

Guest artist Michelle Forsyth will install her work live, for the public, beginning January 8 and finishing January 11. Join us for this exciting opportunity to speak to the artist and watch her process.


Thursday, January 9
Opening Event
5:30–7:00 pm Reception and Artist at Work
Enjoy refreshments and engage with artist Michelle Forsyth as she continues working on her custom installation for our exhibition in Walker Gallery A. This event is free and open to the public.

January 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Flip & Fold Paper Art Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Explore how paper, an ordinary 2-D object, transforms into unique and complex 3-D work of art. Watch paper airplanes turn into real planes in the animated Disney film Planes, tour Papercuts with a museum docent, watch Michelle Forsyth install her artwork, and make your own paper sculpture.

Brown Bag Films
Bring your lunch and enjoy free admission, coffee, and cookies!
Thursday, January 9, 12:15 pm
Artists from Papercuts
Thursday, January 23, 12:15 pm
Between the Folds

Thursdays, February, 1:00–3:00 pm
Public Tours
Meet on the upper level every Thursday for free exhibition tours led by MMA docents. February tours featurePapercuts: The Art of Contemporary Papercutting.

Free Super Saturdays, Brown Bag Films, and Public Tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

Top to bottom: 
Spiral Nine, 2010, hand cut paper (2,144 cuts)
30½ x 30½ inches, framed

Invisible City (detail, right), 2008
Hand cut Tyvek, 45 x 324 inches

For March 24, 1989 (detail), 2011
Paper, watercolor, screenprint and ColorAid paper 
120 x 120 x 8 inches

Papercuts: White/Gold (detail)
Acrylic, hand cut paper
44 x 43 inches

Paper cutout
18 x 26½ x 34¾ inches

Sweet Torment (Sorrel II)
Hand cut romance novel book pages and gold thread on paper
17½ x 15¼ inches

A Few of Her Favorite Things
Sewn inventory index cards, encaustic
96 x 96 inches

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