September 14 - October 7, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 6-8pm
368 Broadway, Suite 409, New York, NY
Heather Cox - Jaynie Gillman Crimmins
Samuelle Green - Mia Pearlman
Paper cutting, also known as Jianzhi in China, is an ancient art form that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Its origins can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) in China, where it was used for decorative purposes in religious ceremonies and festivals. Over time, various cultures developed their own unique styles and techniques but the basic principles of paper cutting remained the same.
Cutting paper can transcend the physical act, which requires patience, precision, and creativity. It can become a meditative practice that allows for self-expression and reflection. It is a practice with intention. The artists of Paper Cuts produce a dazzling array of effects using repetition and very limited methods of construction and materials.
Heather Cox creates precisely crafted objects that involve repetition and shifting scale. This body of work uses found photographs, staples and glue. Each snapshot is cut into small circles, leaving only glimpses of the original image. The resulting collages create pointillistic 2D and 3D constellations that occupy walls, ceilings and shelves - a series of glossy micro- memories that, when read in concert, create whole new recollections.
Jaynie Crimmins' work dismantles and transforms images, words, and printed patterns from mass marketing catalogs, magazines, and security envelopes. Shredding these materials breaks down their physical and ascribed composition, allowing her to re-contextualize their original messages into personal, domestic, and cultural narratives. The work is informed by the Pattern and Decoration Movement, craft traditions, and environmentally friendly practices, applying approximate symmetry and meticulous fabrication.
Samuelle Green's organic and intricate structural work is made out of thousands of pages cut from books, hand-rolled and fixed into a sculpted wire mesh. Referencing repetitive patterns found in objects we encounter regularly: bird and wasp nests, beehives, spider webs, rock formations, anthills, feathers, and countless others - her large scale installations and more intimate work explore the beauty inherent in natural structures.
Mia Pearlman is inspired by weather patterns and other universal forms found in nature - like water, waves, sea creatures and geological formations that transcend language and culture. She cuts paper, allowing each cut to determine the next cut. The end result is work that creates a lexicon of dynamic shapes. Pearlman's paper cutting is an extension of drawing that evolves into sculptural forms.
Paper Cuts showcases the work of these 4 artists who use various paper-cutting techniques in their work. These techniques are based in craft traditions yet each artist applies their skills in ways that speak to the emotional depth and the personal meaning of using cut paper. Green and Pearlman create cut paper work informed by the natural world, while Cox and Crimmins use found materials that they cut to record new narratives and recollections.