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From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art
May 23-August 24, 2014

Summer may be sizzling in South Florida, but the Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture will be very cool!  Step inside the museum’s intimate gallery spaces and discover a world where ordinary paper has been transformed into extraordinary works of art!  Paper, when manipulated, sculpted or cut into two and three dimensional art, can surprise the viewer with its flexibility, intricacy and beauty.

NEW HOURS AND ADMISSION: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed Monday and major holidays. Admission: $5; children under 6 are free.

Bring the kids, too!  A special gallery with interactive projects will open in mid June.  It’s a great way to beat the heat and have fun!

This premiere exhibit, curated by Melanie Johanson, features approximately 75 exquisite works by 16 artists, who have been featured in galleries around the world.

About the Artists:


BRUCE HELANDER (Palm Beach) specializes in in collage and assemblage.  He has a master’s degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college.  He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and recently won the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts.  Helander arrived in Palm Beach in 1982 from New York City and has been active in the south Florida art scene ever since.  Helander has been called, “… arguably the most recognized and successful collage artist in the country...” by City Link magazine and Kenworth Moffett, former director, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale said in Gold Coast magazine that “If there was a Pulitzer Prize for collage, Helander would surely win it.”  His work is in over 50 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  Bruce Helander is based in Palm Beach.

MICHELLE "MIZOU" CHASSAING (Delray Beach)was born in Le Puy en Velay to a gifted family, whose artistic talent dates back into 19th century France.  She was trained at Jeanne d’Arc School of art, studied at Simone Weill College, and at Saint Exupery College in Lyon.  An import-export business brought her to the United States in 1966. By the 1980s, she found herself managing a lithographic company in Boston, where she also found time to study life drawing and painting at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  In 1985 her style of painting evolved into the medium of Collage.  She returned to Vence in the South of France in 1987 and studied at the Matisse Institute; she was inspired by her life in this rich artistic community and wide reaching European travels.

SY GRANT (West Palm Beach) achieves exciting optical effects with meticulous drawing and considerable imagination. He is an intellectual artist employing unusual and intriguing varieties of treatment.

DAVID ORR WRIGHT (Jupiter) has worked in many disciplines: as an illustrator, portrait artist, copywriter, an industrial designer, an intaglio plate & printmaker for a New York artist. His continues to enjoy his truest passion, which is experimenting with visual imagery through drawing and painting.


HINA AOYAMA lives and works in Japan.  She describes her art as “super fine lacy-paper-cuttings done by a simple pair of scissors.”  Her passion is to create a finest cutoff beyond the level of time-consuming needle lace making.  She mixes traditional and modern styles in her works, which are included in the permanent collections of the Masaji Art Gallery in Fukuoka, Japan; Gallery Kawada, Kobe Japan and Arts Rush in Tokyo, Japan.

BETH APPLETON, known for her watercolor/cut paper assemblages, has developed a unique style infusing brilliant colors and vitality influence by her north Florida home and travels to New Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin and Central America.  Her works are in public and private collections throughout Florida.

CARA BARER transforms books into art by sculpting them, dyeing them and then presenting them as objects of beauty through the medium of photography.  Barer states, “Books, physical objects and repositories of information, are being displaced by zeros and ones in a digital universe with no physicality.  Through my art, I document this and raise questions about the fragile and ephemeral nature of books and their future.”  Cara Barer is based in Houston, TX.

CHARLES CLARY uses paper to “create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into [his] fabricated reality.”  By layering paper he builds intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves.  This Tennessee-based artist has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally and is represented by galleries in Miami, Nashville, and Ogden (Utah).

JUPI DAS was born in India (Assam) and began her paper cutting journey during her short time stay in Beijing, China in 1993. This self-taught artist moved to the U.S. in 1994 and has been working on paper cutting ever since.  Jupi’s unique style pays homage to the ancient tradition of paper cutting but with elements from Chinese, Japanese, German and Swiss traditions added.  She works from her studio near Philadelphia, PA.

BRIAN DETTMER transforms out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books and dictionaries into sculptures using knives, tweezers and surgical tools.  He carves one page at a time, and nothing inside the book is relocated or implanted, only removed.  He manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures and folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.  Brian lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

AMY GENSER plays with paper and paint to explore her obsession with texture, pattern, and color.  Inspired by natural forms and organic processes, her work is simultaneously irregular and ordered.  She uses paper as pigment and constructs her pieces by layering, cutting, rolling, and combining paper.  Amy lives and works in West Hartford, CT.

FRANK HYDER pushes paper to the limit in his luminaries series, by integrating light into these electrical pieces. He has now made electricity a component of his work.

WILL KURTZ is a figurative artist and sculptor, who creates life-size paper sculptures of people and other subjects that evoke emotion, compassion, empathy, sympathy and humor.  He often uses people he knows as subjects and looks for what makes them individual and unique.  He lets the subject determine his medium, mix materials and colors to create the human emotion and expression desired.  His materials are unconventional; he currently uses newspaper to construct the figures, which he says allows him to be expressive, yet not obsessively detailed.  Will Kurtz is based in Brooklyn, NY.

BOVEY LEE is a cut paper artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Born in Hong Kong and practicing Chinese calligraphy since the age of 10, she earned her BA in Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Her narrative-based cut paper explores the tension between man and the environment in the context of power, sacrifice, and survival.  She hand cuts each work on a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper backed with silk.  Before the final hand cutting process, she composes the images using computer software, then translates the printed photographic images into patterns of solid and void, while cutting free hand without any rulers or stencils.

HIROMI MONEYHUN is a paper-cut artist based in Jacksonville, Florida, where she moved in 2004 from her hometown of Kyoto, Japan.  With no formal art training, Hiromi’s work combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the “super-modernity” now found in Japan’s largest cities, and she has been most influenced by Edo Period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga).  As with woodblock prints, Hiromi’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multistep process which produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive.

JEREMY PANTOJA is a cut paper artist from Austin, TX.  He begins his pieces with a quick sketch in Photoshop to block in composition, followed by more detailed drawing to determine where he wants to use cut paper and color.

ALEX QUERAL carves faces into ordinary phone books, objects of so many faceless names.  He literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Once the carving is complete, he will often apply a black wash to enhance the features and then seal the entire book with acrylic to preserve the work.  He never loses the line registration; and the book remains quite pliable.  Born in Havana, Queral’s family migrated to Mexico and then to Miami, Florida when he was a young boy.  His works have been exhibited in Canada, England, Mexico and throughout the U.S. and are in the collections of Ripley's Believe It or Not!®, as well as Jerry Speyer and the Kohler family.

DAN RIZZIE is inspired by English botanical studies and his works celebrate the rhythm of nature. Certain symbols that recur in his work are flowers, ferns, stalks, and leaves.

MATTHEW ROSE lives and works in Paris, France.  Known widely for his collage works and wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor installations, he graduated from Brown University (1981) with a degree in Semiotics/Linguistics.  Influenced by Americans Ray Johnson, Jasper Johns, Joseph Cornell and a handful of French surrealists, Rose works late hours ripping apart paper and bits of text to remake contemporary life into a specific, yet unbound book, what the artist calls his “theory of everything.”

ANNIE VOUGHT is based in Oakland, California.  Using only paper and an XACT-O knife she creates intricate, lace-like artwork, with utmost precision, by carefully cutting away the words of poems and letters by a myriad of authors.  As she cuts away the negative spaces the words hold together, keeping the continuity and shape of the original piece of paper.  Vought’s pieces vary in style, depending on the original author’s handwriting style.  The paper-cut letters preserve the beauty of handwriting, but are inspired by the rise of computers, email and text messages. With the notion of a handwritten letter becoming almost antiquated and quaint, Vought’s pieces pay tribute to the beauty of the written word.

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