Thursday, November 5, 2009

Slash: Paper Under the Knife

Andrea Dezsö, Women in Red with Black Sting, hand-cut paper, thread, acrylic paint, mixed media, 7 x 5 x 6 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x 15.2 cm), 2008. Courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Arts and Design.

My new review for the GalleryCrawl website has been posted, about the latest fantastic exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design, showcasing the work of some of today's best cut-paper artists:
“Slash: Paper Under the Knife” at the Museum of Arts and Design

There is no doubt in my mind that paper has made a major resurgence over the past few years as the material of choice for many artists. Maybe this rediscovery has something to do with paper’s malleability and versatility or that, compared to most art-making supplies, it is fairly low-cost. Regardless of the reason, paper is everywhere. This past summer, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presented “Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded,” featuring prints, illustrated books, sculptures, and drawings by artists who mainly emerged during the 1960s and 70s, and who have made use of paper in non-traditional ways. While unconventional uses for paper in the creation of art are also the focus of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) exhibition “Slash: Paper Under the Knife,” the third exhibit in MAD’s Materials and Process series, this show’s scope is broader than the one at the MoMA, and it looks at the way that paper is being used to create art in the 21st century. Additionally, it is not so much the use of paper itself, but the transformation of the material into intricate and often highly labor-intensive three-dimensional works, that is at the heart of this exhibition.
To read the rest of this review, jump on over to the GalleryCrawl website, here.

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