PALO ALTO, CA– Artists included in the Paper Cuts: Large-Scale Collage exhibition will break with tradition, rebuffing the commonly intimate scale of collage, providing viewers the opportunity to see substantial collage artworks and installations at the Palo Alto Art Center June 16-August 26.
The exhibition is part of the Art Center’s Summer of Collage, which will engage the community in exploring the creative potential of this dynamic medium. Through exhibitions, public programs, hands-on opportunities, and community partnerships, this initiative promises to introduce new audiences to the power of collage.
The Palo Alto Art Center has a longstanding commitment to collage— with decades of classes, workshops, and drop-in programs dedicated to the media,” says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “We are so honored to celebrate this ever-accessible medium and introduce new audiences to the power of the seemingly simple act of cutting and pasting paper.”
Collage is one of the most accessible artistic mediums. Requiring nothing more than paper and glue, it is easily achievable by people of all ages and skill levels. Often relying on found imagery, collage circumvents the need to generate new content and is a refreshingly non-intimidating form of self-expression. However, its seeming simplicity belies an influential, potent, and rebellious underbelly.
The method and the word, collage, first became popular through the work of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Happy to upset the status quo, they began pasting paper from various sources onto their paintings. This seemingly small act marks what we now recognize as a pivotal moment in art history. It upset hundreds of years of Western painting tradition and influenced the shape of subsequent movements, such as Dada and Surrealism.
The artists in this exhibition are also breaking with tradition, rebuffing the commonly intimate scale of contemporary collage. The large scale of their work beautifully illustrates the power of the medium. The energizing, bold collages of Rina Banerjee, Manuel Ocampo, and Travis Somerville read as brave declarations. The kaleidoscopic work of Sanaz Mazinani mirrors the inescapable collage of digital media permeating our daily lives. Ben Venom’s iconographic quilts are a sassy blend of collage and punk rock. Ray Beldner and Ann Weber’s creatural forms literally bend the medium by bringing it into three dimensions. The delicacy and seamless detail of Lisa McCutcheon, Catie O’Leary, and Kirsten Stolle reflects their use of paper as a tool for mark making, becoming as much drawing as collage. And EfrenAve and Mary Anne Kluth both succeed in tickling the mind with their edible, pulsing colors palettes and playful materials.
The accessibility of collage, coupled with the rebellious spirit of these artists, make this exhibition an exceptional opportunity for you to see art, be inspired, and hopefully remember to indulge your own inner maker.
Other participating artists include: Laura Deem, Tara de la Garza, John Hundt, Hope Kroll, Andrew Schoultz, Inez Storer, Leigh Wells, Vanessa Woods, and Benecia Gantner.
A special Friday Night at the Art Center opening celebration will be held on June 22, 7-10 p.m., featuring an opportunity to meet some of the exhibiting artists, hands-on artmaking activities, music, food, and a cash bar. Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members are invited to participate in a walkthrough of the exhibition with the Art Center Director from 6-7 p.m.
Other Summer of Photography events at the Art Center include:
Steeped: Tea Bags in Art
June 16-August 26
This exhibition showcases the work of the Art Center’s long-standing Drop-In-Collage group.
Family Collage Workshop: Altered Books with Jamila Rufaro
June 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Repurpose pages from discarded books into amazing 3D collages. Learn to cut, tear, punch, roll, fold, weave, crimp and crumple to create a fun and surprising work of art.
Landscapes on the Edge with Catie O’Leary
July 22, 2-4 p.m.
Join artist Catie O’Leary for a creative and imaginative afternoon combining animals and birds with people in unusual landscapes. After a quick demonstration of collage techniques, participants will be ready to make their own odd humans in mysterious surroundings.
Artist Talks: EfrenAve, Laura Deem, Benecia Gantner, and Mary Anne Kluth
July 22, noon-1:30 p.m.
Art Center Auditorium
Join the Art Center for a fast-paced round of artist talks with several of the artists from Paper Cuts: Large-Scale Collage. There will be time for questions and discussion following the panel presentation.
Creative Collage Cards with Kit Davey
August 12, 1-4 p.m.
Learn how to make your own unique cards using collage and other creative techniques. Participants will leave this workshop with 10 cards to send to family and friends, or to frame and keep.
Collage Family Day
August 26, 2-4:30 p.m.
Join the Art Center for an afternoon of artmaking projects inspired by our current exhibition, and a dance performance with AXIS Dance Company, an all-abilities dance troupe.
More information on Palo Alto Art Center events and exhibitions can be found on our web site at https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/events/summerofcollage.asp.
About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 120,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.
The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.
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