Axle Contemporary’s ‘CutGlueFold’ Assembles Paper Artists

Editor | - July 24, 2012

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Paper has been in use in the world for more than 2,000 years and is now a constant part of our everyday lives.  We write and draw on it, wrap things in it, clean with it and more, yet we rarely reflect on its versatility and particular qualities.  For "CutGlueFold," Axle Contemporary has assembled seven artists whose work engages the materiality of paper.  Not content to use paper as a substrate on which to create a work of art, these artists manipulate the paper itself through, cutting, folding, burning, or weaving.  The results are surprising, inventive, and beautiful.

Gail Rieke is a well-known and well-loved artist in Santa Fe.  She composes her work slowly, by assembling and reassembling diverse materials over the course of months and years.  Always with an eye out for more materials in the world, she keeps an encyclopedic collection of two- and three- dimensional objects in her home studio, often composing her tableaux in hidden drawers.  When the compositions are ripe and coherent, she prepares them for display.  Her artwork is represented in the permanent collections of museums and institutions including the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Albuquerque Museum and The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Nebraska.

Jose Salas learned the traditional prison art of folded paper sculpture while serving time in prison.  Since leaving prison 11 years ago, he has continued to follow his passion for this art form and to engage his imagination and to bring this art form from the prison to the world at large.

Charles Greeley layers texture, imagery and meaning in his collages of New Mexico landscape using Japanese papers.  The results are saturated and transcendent, carrying the viewer to a the psychedelic state where everything is resonant and alive.  Described as "heterotopia," these works create coherent special places through the layering of diverse source material. His work is in collections and museums throughout the world.

Catalina Delgado Trunk is recognized internationally as a master of the traditional Mexican art form of Papel Picado.  While still creating work deeply rooted in tradition, she brings a contemporary vision and profound scholarship to her practice.  Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. including at the Smithsonian and the de Young Museum.

John Voorhees has a keen mind and a sharp blade.  His minute and intricate collages are layered with imagery and text to create dynamic and beautiful compositions of color, light and meaning. 

Susan Case, by weaving together images, confronts questions of identity and vision.  Susan has exhibited in numerous venues in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, California, New Jersey, and New York.  Her work is in several public collections in New Mexico and Texas.

Donna Ruff's imaginative use of textual obliteration and construction engages both a sense of playfulness and beauty.  She lays bare the very essence of books and paper and our experience with this material using unconventional techniques. She finds beauty and inspiration in sacred texts such as the Torah and the Qur’an, but also in The New York Times and the Manhattan phone book; in cathedrals, mosques and synagogues, but also in the warehouses of Chicago and Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world.

From an Axle Contemporary media release.

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