The exhibit “Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper,” opens October 21 at Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery on the Southern Utah University campus.
“Paper Cuts” is an unusual exploration into the nature of paper, a material that we often take for granted. Paper is transient and enduring, delicate and strong. It can act as a filter or as a barrier. There is virtually no limit to what paper can do and how it can be manipulated.
The exhibit is a brilliant illustration of the resurgent popularity of papermaking and paper-based art over the past 20 years. Artists use paper in innovative and exciting ways to create everything from utilitarian objects to fine-art sculptures.
Paper Cuts consists of 40 objects made with paper by approximately 25 American artists. who employ a wide range of techniques and styles, including mixed-media assemblages, three-dimensional collages, and papier-mache. Many of the artists explore paper’s ability to be transformed from the flat to the voluminous, as well as the range of texture and organic nature of paper.
Curated and organized by Robert Cugno and Robert Logan of the Media Gallery in Garnett, Kansas, the Paper Cuts exhibit is toured by ExhibitsUSA and made possible by the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and the Utah Arts Council.
Paper Cuts will show through November 19. SUU’s Braithwaite Gallery hours are Noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Gallery is closed on school holidays. Admission is free. For more information, call 435.586.5432.