Wednesday, March 1, 2017
MANCHESTER – Through May 21, Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting will be on exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St.
Innovative artists can create remarkable objects from simple materials, such as paper, construction supplies and light. These elements combine in experimental fashion in two new contemporary exhibitions which opened at the Currier last Saturday.
Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting examines a re-energized art form dating back to ancient China. The exhibition showcases inventive objects made from cut and manipulated paper, ranging from large-scale installations to detailed diminutive works. The objects explore a wide range of thought-provoking subjects.
In the second exhibit, Soo Sunny Park, a New Hampshire-based artist, has created a new work of art, called BioLath, which immerses visitors in a dynamic, light-filled space. Occupying an entire gallery, the artist works with construction materials to filter and refract natural and artificial light.
“This spring, the Currier Museum will focus on contemporary art,” said Alan Chong, director of the museum. “Both exhibitions feature objects which have been pierced, cut, abraded and manipulated in some way. Ordinary, everyday materials take on new lives and new meaning. Much of the work presented this season has been created or altered specifically for the museum.”
While the art of cut paper has been around for centuries – almost as long as paper itself – many contemporary artists have found innovative ways to update the art form, creating whimsical and challenging objects. The works on view vary from the intimate and detailed to monumental and awe-inspiring. Some artists employ unusual methods to push the limits of what paper can do, such as cutting it with a belt sander or even knitting shredded paper.
New Hampshire-based installation artist Soo Sunny Park experiments with light and biomorphic shapes in her new work, BioLath. She uses metal lath – a flat construction material normally hidden in walls behind plaster – to create curved, translucent objects. Organic in form but industrial in material, her sculptural installation explores the relationship between nature and artifice, and between the natural and the built environment.
Park's biomorphic objects will fill the museum's Putnam Gallery, where natural and artificial light will filter through the objects, creating an ever changing composition of shifting shadows and patterns on the walls.
“My earlier work used light as a sculptural material, in that the reflections and shadows are part of the work, not incidental byproducts of it,” Park said. “In BioLath, I wanted to incorporate the shadows as drawings, and animate the lines of shadows as an active element of the installation.”
BioLath is on exhibit through Aug. 6.
Special exhibit events through the end of April. Many more at www. currier.org. For the coming week:
Focus tours for Deep Cuts and BioLath will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2; Saturday, March 18; Saturday, and April 9.
Currier After Hours: Deep Cuts Explored will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 2. The night will explore the art of paper and will include a talk by Deep Cuts artist Randy Garber. Boston-based singer/songwriter Julie Rhodes will perform live in the Winter Garden Café, along with a full menu and cash bar; there will also be an art-making station for guests.
Making Stations, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 3. After visiting multiple making stations that invite you to explore the magic of paper, you will collect a prize! All ages are welcome. Free with general museum admission, which during February Vacation Week is $5. Kids 12 and younger and Members are always free.
Educator Walkthrough: Deep Cuts and BioLath, 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Local educators are invited to learn about the special exhibitions with museum educator and interpreter, Ann Bible. Free for members. $5 for educators.
Member Tour: Deep Cuts and BioLath, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 9. As part of members appreciation week, enjoy a tour that explores both exhibitions with one of our docent educators.
Creative Studio: Rolled Paper Design, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Participants will learn how to quill paper and create their own works of art. All ages are welcome. This is a NH Free Saturday event.
More details and registration for some events at www.currier.org.
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