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Renaissance of Cut Paper as an Artistic Expression Celebrated with Exhibition and Symposium at Joseloff Gallery

Posted 09/12/2014
Posted by David Isgur

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 (IDASE), established at the University of Hartford’s 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 reception. This exhibition, curated by Joseloff Gallery Managing Director Lisa Gaumond, will explore works featuring paper as the central medium used to express each artist’s 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.

The exhibition will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and run through Sunday, October 26. A three-day symposium will take place Sept. 16-18, with events scheduled each day, leading up the gala opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Symposium events are listed below.

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 paper cutting, 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 the Joseloff Gallery, and new works will be created for the show by Simone Lourenço and Crystal Wagner.

A catalog with essay by Patricia Zapata will be available for purchase at the gallery. For more information on the exhibition and symposium, visit

List of Artists:

Tauba Auerbach | Su Blackwell | Jaq Belcher | Doug Beube | Sang-ah Choi | Béatrice Coron | Andrea Dezsö| Lesley Dill | Olafur Eliasson | Adam Fowler | Mark Fox | Christopher Gilmour | Red Grooms | Valerie Hammond | Julene Harrison | Andrew Hayes | Carole P. Kunstadt | Guy Laramée | Simone Lourenço | Max Marek | Elsa Mora | Nicole Morello | Claes Oldenburg | Mia Pearlman | Dieter Roth | Rob Ryan | Andy Singleton | Aki Sogabe | Jen Stark | Andrew Sutherland | Richard Sweeney | Sarah Sze | Randal Thurston | Lane Twitchell | Kako Ueda | Crystal Wagner | Letha Wilson

Symposium Events:

Tuesday, Sept. 16
11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Silpe Gallery (Hartford Art School)
Hands-on Cut Paper Installation Workshop with Guest Artist Anne Cubberly

Cubberly is an acclaimed Hartford-area artist and the 2014 recipient of the Hartford Advocate Readers’ Poll “Best Artist” award. She will lead workshop participants in a hands-on paper-cutting and installation-building activity. Throughout the course of the three workshops, participants will collaboratively create a group sculpture installation, which will remain installed in the Silpe Gallery’s south gallery through Sept. 30.

Wednesday, Sept. 17
3 p.m.
Wilde Auditorium
Artist Lecture: Crystal Wagner
Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco. Wagner’s interest in combining two–dimensional and three–dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking have led to numerous visiting artist invitations and to her artwork being exhibited extensively across the United States. Wagner’s exhibition schedule has her actively growing terraria and installations across the United States and abroad. Read more.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
11 a.m.
Wilde Auditorium

Panel Discussion with five exhibiting artists

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Early October (Date TBD)
Harry Jack Gray Amphitheater
Cut Paper Movie Night

To learn more and to view many of the works to be featured in this exhibition, please visit the IDASE Preview page of our website.