Last week, my coworkers and I paid a visit to the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) to give our brains and hands a rest and to get some inspiration (one forgets how important this is!!). I was particularly taken with one of the current exhibits, "Slash: Paper Under The Knife," a collection of paper art (now through April 4th). MAD doesn't allow photographs within the museum, but that was to my benefit - I wrote down my favorite artists' names and Googled them when we got "home" ... and found so much more to get excited about. I'd like to share some of them with you below.
(Click the artwork to find out more about the artist)
Chris Kenny does a lot of work with maps and other found printed materials - the composition and use of color is incredible! I love the idea of creating a simpler, personalized take on this with maps from a favorite vacation spot or a hometown.
Ferry Staverman's creations from cardboard, paint, thread, and glue (the Walking Through the Park series is on display at MAD) make me want to create a fancy forest for Christmas out of UPS boxes. Not sure my craft-knife hand could hold up long enough to do as many curves! Holy cow.
Brian Dettmer's transformation ("dissection") of books fascinates me -- I love the sculptural representation of what's inside. I'd feel a little guilty cutting up a book unless I could be sure it would result in something this interesting ... so I'll leave this to Brian, and just stare.
Finally, this Stephen Beal embroidery piece is part of MAD's permanent collection, but I had to include it here because as a stitcher and former physics major, I am completely geeking out. I want to pull out all my old textbooks and see what scientific diagrams I can turn into embroidery samplers. Nerd alert! Check out his website for more fun stuff, including an homage to one of my favorite movies ...
... and check out MAD's website, consider becoming a member if you live in the area, and for SURE put it on your list of activities if you're an NYC visitor.