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Cut Up / Cut Out


Exhibit Opening TBA

This exhibit opening has been delayed due to Covid-19 concerns. Visit massillonmuseum.org/covid19 for updates.

Cut Up/Cut Out was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

*Excerpted from curatorial statement prepared by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Bedford Gallery.

Cut Up/Cut Out is a contemporary view of an ancient art practice that has evolved over thousands of years. This exhibition, which includes national and international artists, honors both tradition and innovation with a selection of over one hundred artworks by 51 artists representing diverse techniques and approaches to making art.

The curator says the idea evolved from her “interest in the art of paper cutting started sixteen years ago when she organized a 20-year retrospective of Bay Area artist Irene Pijoan’s (1953-2004) work. In 2000, Irene was in the midst of a ground-breaking body of large-scale cut paper pieces comprised of a complex network of patterns, words, and numbers. The work was immense and staggeringly beautiful. Some of the pieces stretched from floor to ceiling, and she often painted the back of pieces bright colors – like neon pink - creating an illuminated reflection against the wall.”

Visually diverse, the artworks in Cut Up/Cut Out range in size from an intimate three inches to sprawling and complex installations, and they represent an abundance of conceptual ideas. The artists address our relationship with nature and environmental issues, personal and political narratives, architecture, fantasy, and abstract or formal ideas—with many intersections. 

With this exhibition we can see that the long history, tradition, and art of paper cutting now find a rich synergy with our contemporary art world. The process and art of cutting—complex, delicate, beautiful, tedious, consuming, frustrating, and awesome—can be seen as a metaphor for life itself and the acts of creating: in art, work, and family.

 

 

After its debut at Bedford Gallery in 2016 the exhibition has and will travel through 2019 to the following venues: 
Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA)
Huntsville Museum of Art (Huntsville, AL)
Pensacola Museum of Art (Pensacola, FL)
Ellen Noël Art Museum(Odessa, TX)
Foosaner Art Museum (Melbourne, FL)
Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI)
Amarillo Art Museum (Amarillo, TX)
Art Museum of West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH)
Massillon Museum (Massillon, OH)
Carnegie Arts Center (Turlock, CA).

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