Last weekend I went to the Manchester Art Gallery. Their current exhibition The First Cut is still open until 27 January 2013.
For this exhibition paper has been ‘cut, sculpted and manipulated’ into works of art. I’ll try to keep the number of photos in this blog post low, but that’s really difficult with so many exciting pieces of art made from paper.
Many pieces of art have been made from everyday objects. Japanese artist Yuken Teruya uses paper bags from different companies. Using a photo of a tree from the bag’s company’s country he then cuts the paper into the shape of this tree.
Danish artist Peter Callesen uses normal sheets of A4 paper for his works of art.
Béatrice Coron uses Tyvek, a material similar to paper that is used instead of paper for some types of envelopes.
Sarah Bridgland uses second-hand ephemera to create her art.
Claire Brewster’s flock of birds is cut from vintage maps.
There were also several pieces of art cut from books.
The Manchester Art Gallery allows taking photos unless there are signs indicating that specific works may not be photographed. I did not see any signs indicating that the works shown in this blog post may not be photographed. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.