Huntsville exhibit shows creative side of paper cutting

December 27, 2017 by  

A new exhibit at the Huntsville Museum of Art demonstrates how much can be done with scissors, paper, and a little bit of genius.

The installation, titled ‘Cut Up/Cut Out’” aims to display the possibilities of decorative cutting and piercing across a wide variety of media, eras, and areas.

The Museum places these works in the context of a millennia-long tradition dating back to 6th-Century Chinese papercutting. ‘Cut Up/Cut Out’, however, goes beyond paper to include works made out of plastic, metal, rubber and more. Artists who work with unconventional materials like tires, oil drums, and leaves are sure to wow visitors. The highlight of the exhibition is Margaret Griffith’s ‘Corringa’, a 12-foot work of paper craft that hangs from the ceiling.

Whether seen as graphic design in three dimensions, or simply an advanced version of arts-and-crafts, this exhibit highlights artistic materials such as paper and metal as a vital aspect of the work and not simply a canvas to paint on. Inspired viewers might head down to their local print company to see if they can help with something a little unconventional.

Cut Up/Cut Out runs until February 17, and showcases more than 50 local, national, and international artists. Curator Carrie Lederer has dedicated the exhibit to Bay Area artist Irene Pijoran, whose large cut-paper artwork served as inspiration. After it closes in Huntsville, the exhibition will travel nationally throughout 2020.