Like a tissue-wrapped, slowly-lowered gift from heaven, The First Cut exhibition, which features the work of over 30 international contemporary paper-artists has wonderfully coincided with my visit to the UK and is but a two hour train hop away!
I decided to go on my own and so I could move at my own pace and geekily savour the mounting techniques and technical skills. I went round it forwards, backwards and practically on my knees — trying to peep inside frames and feel the full scale of giant pieces.
And what is more, I had the place to myself for most of my visit and they allowed photography and so I got to practise with my new DSLR camera (already in love).
Afterwards, I wandered around Southampton with my camera and although my hopes of fish & chips by the sea were dashed, (ahem, industrial docks) I had a wonderful day.
Here are some of my highlights of the exhibition:
7. These shadow-boxes made me think of the dark brilliance of childhood — embodied in so many vividly scary European fairytales. I was interested therefore to discover that the artist, Andrea Dezsö is Romanian.
8. Other-wordly installation piece. Nice to see the medium looking so sci-fi. Interestingly, this is also one of Andrew Singleton’s — quite different from the London scene.
14. I got a lot of pleasure from this piece because I did a similar thing in Austin a few years ago with flyers I collected from around the city.
Mine, of course, was not nearly so well executed but it was fun to have this little odd “me too!” connection with an artist swimming in a deeper part of the same stream as me. This work is by Nicola Dale.
15. Again with the scale soft-spot. This piece is tiny and so delicate and yet its emotion is so powerful. Peter Callesen’s work is always clever as well as beautiful.