Among all of the artists we have in the space currently for Shadow and Light, Jaq Belcher is the only one whom we officially represent. Her work, much like her colleague Reni Gower, is focused around the mediative state driven by the act of working with paper in this reductive and repetitive way. To add to this process, Jaq also numbers each and every cut she makes as she cuts them, so that the finished product includes the markers of time within it’s folds. This aspect of her work fits in to her exploration of meditative conscious states. Read more about her on our artist page, linked above. And watch this short clip where Jaq gives a brief tour of her studio and talks about her process.
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As Guest Curator Reni Gower amalgamates the international works of seven diverse artists, concision and precision perform in the ancient art of paper cutting. With new and exciting twists, the laborious processes employed by these artists permeate a meditative and reflective quality. Such focus charges each piece with a narrative and metaphorical beauty.
In the exhibition, opening June 1st, Tinney Contemporary’s own Jaq Belcher reduces and repeats a single expanse of white paper. Through her contemplative cuts, Belcher gives texture to the smooth and shadows to the light with tags, or lifted areas.
Guest Curator Reni Gower evolves precision into intricate patterns, overlapping and interlocking motifs. Inspired by Celtic knotwork, Gower’s stencils float off the wall to expose the shadowing color of pink and blue, adding dimension and beauty to the exquisite design.
Next, in Lenka Konopasek’s Indoor Tornado II, an imposing tornado suspends from the ceiling, whirling down and impacting the neighborhood below it. The black and white cut paper emit an abstract chaos, while the details of cars and homes add to the destructive reality of a tornado.
As Michelle Forsyth continues with the motif of realistic disasters, May 5, 1958 presents the thistles that grow near a plaque that commemorates the planned explosion of Ripple Rock, an underground twin-peaked mountain in British Columbia. Her second piece, Edwin (Eyewitness) stands as a poetic passage she has found in old newspaper articles. The punched out text on a single sheet of white paper leaves “a lacey absence,” playing on the voided paper and chilling events.
Lauren Scanlon merges pages from paperback romance novels and floral bed sheet designs in work that was influenced by her grandmother’s fondness for both. The delicate handwork and veils of text suggest an intimate, yet innocent mood.
In contrast, Daniella Woolf takes mundane, utilitarian aspects of an ordered life and expresses them as a repetitive, streaming boats made of photographs and personal anecdotes. On a pedestal, an anonymous Japanese artist handcrafted a larger paper boat that holds the continuing motif of paper boats within.
Béatrice Coron uses Italo Calvino’s book Invisible Cities to portray his themes from his fictional world in her three black Tyvek squares. The stark contrast of the black cut Tyvek against the white wall creates a dynamic, if two-dimensional, shadow realm.
Paige West of West Collection asks: “How many art fairs, galleries, and studios must one visit to get a complete picture of the contemporary art scene?” We have to agree–sometimes, it’s just downright tedious staying in the loop with the year’s trendiest exhibitions. So, what’s an art hound like yourself to do? Vote! West Collection has managed to create an expansive sprawl of artists in their contest West Collects. In something that sounds like a soundbite from a 3 A.M. infomercial, West Collection crows that contest participants need only be 18 or older, and have a working painting/sculpture/photography portfolio.
But let’s get to the important stuff. Jaq Belcher–one of our represented artists–is featured in the contest. With a prize that comes in at a cool $300,000 there’s a lot at stake. Plus, we kinda want to show our competitive side…so in the words of P. Diddy–Vote or Die. Go here to vote for Jaq, or vote on your Iphone/Ipad via the West Collects app. And don’t forget to peruse past winners here.
Many of you asked this weekend at Collector’s Art Night and the Art Crawl what became of Jaq Belcher’s “seeding” installation, sprinkled on the floor of the back gallery. While the centerpiece of Belcher’s “Suchness” exhibit may be gone, we thought we’d throw up this video of the installation to satiate our Belcher groupies. Enjoy!
Music credit: “Look at What the Light Did Now” by Little Wings.