‘Under the Knife: Contemporary Cut Paper Art’

Bucks County Community College, whose Hicks Art Center Gallery has been bringing renowned exhibitions to the region for more than 50 years, proudly presents “Under the Knife: Contemporary Cut Paper Art” through October 14.

The art of paper cutting has evolved over thousands of years, adapting to different cultural styles and technologies. This exhibit features 15 contemporary artists who use paper craft techniques such as finely cut paper artworks and installations, paper silhouettes and shadow puppet art, sculptural pop-up books, stencil-based street art, and stop-motion animations. The works were gathered by guest curator Sean Stoops.

The public is invited to a special pop-up workshop with Colette Fu, one of the participating artists, form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 23. Fu makes one-of-a-kind collapsible artist’s books that combine her photography with pop-up paper engineering. She explains that pop-up books aren’t just for children.

“Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body and other scientific principles,” Fu writes in her artist’s statement. ”This history prompted me to construct my own books reflecting ideas on how our selves relate to society today.”

Workshop participants will learn how to incorporate their own art into their structures effectively to create unique pop-up books, cards, and works of art. The fee, including materials, is $55. To register, call 215-504-8531 or email [email protected]

In addition to Fu, other artists featured in “Under the Knife: Contemporary Cut Paper Art” are Stephanie Beck, Henry Bermudez, Joe Boruchow, Béatrice Coron, Sarah Sadie Slate, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Amy Lee Ketchum, Dawn Kramlich, Rosa Leff, Jed Morfit, Erik Ruin, Hunter Stabler, Lucia Thomé, and Chamindika Wanduragala.

Gallery admission is free and open to the public. The Hicks Art Center Gallery is located on the campus of Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, visit www.bucks.edu/gallery or call 215-968-8425.

Bucks County Community College receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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