I have been musing over some cut paper/altered book projects for a while…I am dying to develop a lesson plan that really immerses students into the techniques of cut paper and altering books, but it will have to wait until I have students for more than a day a week. If I did have my own classroom and I happened to be conducting a lesson on such artistic mediums in New York City, I would take my class to see this exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design that opened several days ago.
Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world’s renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD’s Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations.
A work by one of my favorite artists, Brian Dettmer, from the show.