This fall the Carnegie Arts Center plans to present Cut Up/Cut Out, an exhibition of local, national, and international artists who explore the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting, using a wide range of media from paper and plastic to metal and rubber. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting the material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing.
Organized by the Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Cut Up/Cut Out has been on a national tour since 2017, with presentations throughout the United States including stops at the Bellevue Art Museum (WA), Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), Pensacola Museum of Art (FL), Amarillo Art Museum (TX), Woodson Art Museum (WI), the Art Museum of West Virginia University (WV), Museum of Arts & Sciences (FL), Lamont Gallery (NH), and the Massillon Museum (OH). The showing at the Carnegie Arts Center will be the final time the exhibition will be on public view.
The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th century China. Originally a decorative handcraft for women, Chinese paper-cutting eventually expanded into rural areas, becoming a staple at religious ceremonies and festivals. By the 14th century, paper-cutting spread to the rest of the world bringing in a new wave of folk art traditions. Cut Up/Cut Out honors both innovation and tradition with a selection of over 50 artists.
**NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dates and times for public presentation are tentative and subject to change. Up to date information will be noted on the Carnegie’s website.
CUT UP/CUT OUT EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
- The Japanese art of paper cutting is called kamikiri or kirie and focuses on intricate and complex designs. A number of artists are channeling this process including Kako Uedo, Maude White, Annie Vought, and Rogan Brown.
- Inspired by the late 1960s Chicano Movement and her childhood in South Texas, San Francisco artist Carmen Lomas Garza has employed the Mexican tradition of papel picado, a cut paper form that is still used for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and other celebrations.
- The show features several large-scale installations including: Margaret Griffith’s Coringa, a hand-cut, 12 foot long paper artwork that cascades from the ceiling, and Adriane Colburn’s expansive multimedia piece Forest for the Trees.
- Cut Up/Cut Out also includes a group of artists who are drawn to cutting into unique or unusual materials: Wim Delvoye (tires), Mounir Fatmi (saw blades), Ana Didart (receipt paper rolls), Cal Lane (oil drums and cans, land mines), Hillary Waters Fayle and Lorenzo Duran (leaves).
HOURS AND ADMISSION: The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock. The exhibition is currently scheduled to open on September 19, 2020 and will be on view through January 3, 2021. Admission to the exhibition is $7 general, $5 for seniors and students, and free for Carnegie members and children. First Friday of each month is free admission for all.
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Fridays 10 am –8 pm; Sundays noon –4 pm
For more information call (209) 632-5761, x104