Columbia College Chicago

Upcoming Exhibitions


SUMMER 2014 

The Center for Book and Paper Arts gallery will be closed for building renovations summer 2014. 

2014 - 2015 

Papercuts: The Contemporary Art of Papercutting
September 18–November 8, 2014

In collaboration with Glass Curtain Gallery

Reception: September 19, 5:00 -8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for Book and Paper Arts.
Artist’s Lecture: October 14, 6:00 p.m., CBPA, room 205

Papercuts Exhibtion

Paper cutting is a study in contrasts: a thin, fragile material is pierced with sharp knives, lasers, or stamping devices, the inherent fallibility of the art form making it all the more compelling. Papercuts, developed by artist Reni Gower, brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using many kinds of paper and tools, seven artists have created more than 30 works that range from narrative commentaries to structural abstractions and complex installations—bold statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of hand to paper through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. 

Participating artists: Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf

Papercuts is co-presented by the Department of Exhibitions, Performances and Student Spaces and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, is organized by Reni Gower, and is sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts.

Image: Jaq Belcher, 
Spiral # 9 (detail) 2010,  hand cut paper

Simultaneous: Seripop & Sonnenzimmer
February 12 - April 11, 2015

Reception: February 12, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Guided gallery tour: February 12

Simultaneous Exhibition

Chicago-based Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi) and Montréal-based Seripop (Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum) have independently, but in a rich dialogue, developed bodies of screen-printed work that investigate the relationship between the materials of fabric and paper. Sonnenzimmer’s sculptural work investigates fabric as if it were a kind of paper (shaping, painting, and printing on it as a wall-hanging or floor piece). Seripop creates large-scale installations that utilize paper as if it were fabric (draping and folding massive sheets with a casualness that belies the fragility of the medium).

Simultaneous will consist of dual large-scale installations which will include a range of printed paper and fabric works, including textiles, wall-hangings, folded paper sculptures, posters, and audio elements.

Simultaneous is curated by Julia V. Hendrickson, an independent curator, editor, and writer who lives in Austin, Texas.

Photo: Uncountable (Not Comparable)
By Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum
Screen printed paper, found wallpaper, string, wood, fabric, bricks, tempera
Variable dimensions (355 x 1265 x 701 cm)
Installation view at L'Écart, Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
Photos by Yannick Desranleau

Sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency

Illinois Arts Council

Summer 2015, TBA

Lesley Dill: Faith and the Devil
September 11 - December 7, 2015

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