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Somewhere between Creation and Destruction


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.

List of Artists:
Tauba Auerbach | Su Blackwell | Jaq Belcher | Doug Beube | Sang-ah Choi | Béatrice Coron | Andrea Dezso | Lesley Dill | Olafur Eliasson | Adam Fowler | Mark Fox | Christopher Gilmour | Red Grooms | Valerie Hammond | Julene Harrison | Andrew Hayes | Carole P. Kunstadt | Guy Laramée | Simone Lourenco | 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

(To view the works to be featured in this exhibition, please visit the IDASE Preview page.)

The exhibition will begin on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and run through Sunday, October 26, 2014.  A three-day symposium will take place September 16-18, 2014 with events scheduled each day, leading up the gala opening reception on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

Symposium Events:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Silpe Gallery, south
Hands-on Cut Paper Installation Workshop with Guest Artist, Anne Cubberly

Anne 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 September 30, 2014.  There is no cost to attend the event, and all supplies and materials will be provided.  Space is limited; registration is required.  Click here to register.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

3:00 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 Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA. Wagner’s interest in combining 2–dimensional and 3–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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

11:00 a.m.
Wilde Auditorium
Panel Discussion

5:00 p.m.
Joseloff Gallery
Opening Reception

Date and time TBD

Harry Jack Gray Amphitheater
Cut Paper Movie Night

This exhibition, catalog, and associated events could not take place without the financial support of the Mrs. Howard F. Whitney Distinguished Artists Endowment Fund.