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, explores 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 are shown alongside veterans of the craft.  Wall pieces, freestanding sculptures, and site-specific installations 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 displays 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 share the stage with Olafur Eliasson’s impressive, laser-cut book, Your House.  Andy Singleton, Richard Sweeney, and Randal Thurston built site-specific installations for our gallery, and new works were 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 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

The exhibition began on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and ran through Sunday, October 26, 2014.  A three-day symposium took place September 16-18, 2014 with events scheduled each day, leading up the gala opening reception on Thursday, September 18, in the gallery.

Symposium Events:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Hands-on Cut Paper Installation Workshop with Guest Artist, Anne Cubberly

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Artist Lecture: Crystal Wagner

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Panel Discussion moderated by Doug Beube
Panelists: Jaq Belcher, Guy Laramée, Randal Thurston, and Crystal Wagner

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Cut Paper Movie Night: Paper Cuts – Moving Paper Images

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

Photography courtesy of Roger Castonguay at The Defining Photo.