Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife

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The River, 2014 Cut Paper On Panel © Adrienne Heloise
Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife

Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco 94118
February 5th, 2014 - March 30th, 2014
Opening: March 28th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Haight/GG Park
Open Tuesdays–Sundays 9:30am–5:15pm, last ticket 4:30 pm Fridays (March 29–November 29) 9:30am–8:45pm, last ticket 8 pm
cut paper, paper artist, collage, paper and blade, figurative, landscape, mixed-media, installation, conceptual


Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife, new works by Mayumi HamanakaAdrienne HeloiseIan Kuali`i, and Kai Margarída-Ramirez de Arellano

presented in partnership with Kua'aina Associates and Galeria de la Raza

A team of four cut paper artists will engage in an artistic process inspired by cultural and historical phenomenon. Each artist comes from a different ethnic background; national origin and aesthetic style thus bring to the project diversity of beliefs and practices that is the dynamic foundation for this artistic convergence. The artists will engage in an installation experiment to explore their disparate cultural histories charting separate and intertwined chronologies through the context of universal and the sacred, and forging science and magic from multiple directions. Their individual practices entail the use of hidden meanings within images and symbols, which will be an interesting point of departure. The framework of this artistic collaboration will allow for the intersection of historical Identity and create a model for transmutation of past episodes and its affect on the present and how we might approach or look at the future. The artists are fascinated by the ephemeral quality of paper and how it is much like the fleeting experience of human memories/stories and of life itself. The cutting of paper is a slow, deliberate, and often a solitary practice that lends itself to a magical quality – an alchemical process, speaking to the divine dichotomy of destruction and creation.

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