There is an amazing exhibition at the Albany Museum of Art called Cut & Paste: Works of Paper! This exhibit celebrates the relationship of art and paper, a versatile but fragile material that has long been extremely important in the creation of art. It shows the artworks of 11 Georgia artists. Each of them uses paper in a different way to show us how special this simple medium is.
Didi Dunphy, the curator who found all the artists and created the exhibition, says Cut & Paste: Works of Paper “examines ways in which working artists manipulate paper to create remarkable and varied works of art. From detailed hand cutting to mark making, draping and folding, casting and silhouettes, both wall-bound and sculptural reliefs consider the current possibilities of paper and highlight artists using these magical techniques, leading viewers to suspend their belief of material nature.”
She talks about all the amazing things these artists can so with something as simple as paper. What can you do with a sheet of paper?
“My hope is that all enjoy the awe and amazement of the world of works of paper, as well as the wonderful talents living in the state of Georgia,” she said.
He is a mixed-media artist whose gritty and aesthetically graphic artwork ranges from documentary style photography to large-scale installations to diminutive works on paper.
is urban and mythological themed works are made from combinations of humble materials, including; wheat-pasted paper, cardboard, newsprint, salvaged street signs, rusted metal, and spray paint. That pays homage to his roots as a street artist and to his interest in the city’s periphery.
He often combines his drawings with video projections and photographs that explore ideas about multilayered vision and investigate the dynamic between the static and moving image.
Matt’s works are in a variety of public and private regional, national, and international collections. He has won countless awards and grants in support of his work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Project Award, MOCA Georgia’s prestigious Working Artist Award, and a Forward Arts Foundation Award. His works additionally, have been published in a variety of books, magazines, web pages, and periodicals. His work is represented primarily by White Space Gallery in Atlanta.
Haffner is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is an Associate Professor of Photography and Video at Kennesaw State University. He has a BFA in photography from the University of Akron and an MFA from the Tyler School at Temple University. You can find out more about him at http://matthaffner.com/
Paper- any color or type- be creative!
Start by gathering some paper. Any type, texture, color, pattern, etc. is fine. Think about craft paper, wrapping paper, construction paper, newspaper, magazines. The list goes on! Have some fun searching for paper around the house. This is a good time to get creative and use up household materials that may have accumulated during quarantine.
Next, pick an animal you would like to represent. Any animal is perfect, whichever one you want. It can be your favorite animal, as in mine. I did a tiger because they are my favorite. You can draw it on a piece of paper for reference. Whether it's a tiger, dog, fish, or bird, it will be easier to recreate if you can see the animal on a piece of paper!
You can use either scissors to cut or your hands to tear up the paper into small strips, squares or pieces. Use glue to paste on the small pieces of paper to create larger images of the animal. The smallest pieces of paper can be used to make the details on the animal. Finally, have fun! Be creative! Make many animals, and you can even give them to your family as gifts.
Activity provided by Sarah Katherine Harris, AMA Teen Art Board.