Current Exhibitionfrom May 18th until June 29th, 2013
Shadow and LightGuest curated by Reni Gower
May 18-June 29
Opening Reception: June 1st, 4-9 pm
Collectors Art Night: May 31st, 6 pm
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Shadow and Light, an exhibition guest curated by Reni Gower. Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the artists (Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf) bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using all manner of tools and paper, the artists create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist's hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow, and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions.
Each artist contributes a unique sensibility within a complex (often installation based) construct that has hand cut paper at its core. Whether manifested as silhouettes, romanticized fictions, enigmatic reenactments, cryptic scripts, or poetic abstractions, the artists address historical, cultural, and personal identity. By encrypting their content through arduous and obsessive processes (cutting, rolling, punching, folding, pinning) these meditative works are charged with narrative, metaphor, and beauty.
"Laboriously cut by hand, the works in the exhibition are poetic interplays of light and shadow." Reni Gower, curator.