Running with Scissors: a cut paper exhibit

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Jun 6, 2008 - Jul 30, 2008

"Running with Scissors" at Flanders 311
Raleigh, NC - Flanders 311 will present "Running with Scissors," an exhibition of paper cut works, from July 11 – September 2, 2008. (see attached image)  The opening reception will occur on First Friday, August 1, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.
Typically requiring only a sharp blade and an understanding of positive and negative space, paper cut works have a tradition as far-reaching as the history of paper itself.  Especially popular throughout Chinese, Indian, and Judaic histories and cultures, the medium offers the challenge of increased intricacy and demands the patience that its delicacy necessitates.
In "Running with Scissors," Flanders Gallery presents this ancient medium as it reflects the trappings of a technological, material age.  Béatrice Coron offers dense tableaus of cities populated with wires, skyscrapers, and control towers.  She captures the details found in daily living, but she refuses to edit the man-made items that litter an environment.  Laura Cooperman references her architectural upbringing in her paper cut pieces to produce a body of work that honors and displays the technical draftsmanship which fuels construction.  Lex McQuilkin relies on cut paper to communicate the delicate nature of humanity, a nature which it often carelessly disregards in its pursuit of and reliance upon material wealth.  Anita Wolfenden uses cut paper to echo the cross sections of bones under electron microscopes and to offer homage to Swedish architectural endeavors such as Santiago Calatrava's Turning Torso skyscraper in Malmö.
Béatrice Coron was born and raised in Lyon, France, but has based her studio in New York City since 1984.  With experience that spans over sixty exhibitions during the past fourteen years, her works may be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty, the National Gallery of Art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco's Legion of Honor, the Pierpoint Morgan Library and Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Laura Cooperman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984 to a family of architects. In 2002, Cooperman enrolled in the Maryland Institute College of Art and began investigating land development through painting. In the summer of 2005 she traveled to Italy on a painting scholarship and studied the architecture and structure of Sorrento, Italy, during which time she focused intensely on the area's white stucco buildings. Cooperman also worked for the artist Nancy Spero during which time she spent a month meticulously cutting a several hundred foot long frieze of Nancy's Mourning Women.  Cooperman became engrossed in the delicate, methodical process of paper cutting and began experimenting with light, depth, and movement.  In the spring of 2006, Cooperman received the Grainger Marburg travel grant for her cut paper work.
Lex McQuilkin creates intricately hand cut paper pieces that exploit the manner in which negative space and cast shadows interact.  Her latest series, Good Old Boys, aims to investigate the fragile nature of how masculinity is portrayed, and, in other regards, destroyed.  She has exhibited in and curated shows around the country; is the brawn behind a queer mail art experiment, the Post Queer Project; and is currently toiling towards a woman's art magazine startup.  She has a B.F.A. in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.
Anita Wolfenden grew up in Sweden and graduated from the University of Lund with a major in classical archeology and a minor in European literature.  She moved to America in 1965 and to Chapel Hill in 1970.  She is a member of the Orange County Artists Guild and has exhibited throughout North Carolina and Sweden.

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  • Alexis McQuilkin

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  • Laura Cooperman

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  • Béatrice Coron

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  • Anita Wolfenden

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