Somewhere between Creation and Destruction, the seventh International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition at the Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School is a celebration of the renaissance of cut paper as an artistic expression. Paper, a ubiquitous medium, is transformed by the simple acts of cutting, removing, folding, and reassembling to create something far beyond its humble beginnings.
The International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition, established at the Hartford Art School in 1994, is a grand showcase for the work of internationally known artists featuring challenging themes and a week of lectures and discussions leading up to the gala opening of the exhibition. This exhibition, curated by Joseloff Gallery managing director, Lisa Gaumond, will explore works featuring paper as the central medium used to express the artists’ message and emotion. Paper may be sliced by hand, torn, or laser cut; pieces may be traditional, flat, and decorative; they may be layered, reconstructed, and sculptural.
Emerging artists will be shown alongside veterans of the craft. Wall pieces, freestanding sculptures, and site-specific installations will share space with hand-cut books and freestanding sculptures; all borrowed from private collections and galleries from across the globe.
Somewhere between Creation and Destruction will display traditional styles of papercutting, including Japanese kirie and katagami-style work by Kako Ueda and Aki Sogabe, as well as silhouette-inspired work by Béatrice Coron and cut text pieces by Rob Ryan and Julene Harrison. Altered and handmade books by Su Blackwell, Sang-ah Choi, Max Marek, and Sarah Sze will share the stage with Olafur Eliasson’s impressive, laser-cut book, Your House. Andy Singleton, Richard Sweeney, and Randal Thurston will build site-specific installations for our gallery, and new works will be created for the show by Simone Lourenço and Crystal Wagner.