Sunday, 22 December 2013

The First Cut - paper at the cutting edge


The First Cut is a must-see for printmakers, paper cutters and any artist who uses paper as their base medium. A touring exhibition curated by Manchester Art Gallery, it includes paper cuts and sculptures by Andy Singleton, paper cuts by Rob Ryan, sculptures by Susan Stockwell, Justine Smith, Claire Brewster and Andreas Kocks amongst others, plus a wonderful animation, Going West by Anderson M Studio. These are just a few of the 30 artists who work with paper in unique and inspiring ways to transform it into amazing and beautiful works of art, minute to enormous, displayed in the gallery at the SeaCity Museum here in Southampton.

I think the piece that really blew me away was Andy Singleton's Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula, a great, towering black plume of swirling paper suspended from the ceiling, casting the most wonderful shadows on the wall behind. Fabulous.

This exhibition is a real treat for those of us who work with paper; we're not likely to see a show as diverse and comprehensive as this for some time I would imagine, so go see it before it closes on 12 January.


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