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December 18 - March 5, 2017

Organized by the Bedford Gallery and will travel nationally. 

Check our traveling exhibitions page for more info on the national tour. 

This winter the Bedford Gallery presents Cut Up/Cut Out, an exhibition of local, national, and international artists who explore the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting, using a wide range of media from paper and plastic to metal and rubber. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting the material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing. Organized by the Bedford Gallery, Cut Up/Cut Out will travel nationally through 2020.

The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th century China. Originally a decorative handcraft for women, Chinese paper-cutting eventually expanded into rural areas, becoming a staple at religious ceremonies and festivals. By the 14th century, paper-cutting spread to the rest of the world bringing in a new wave of folk art traditions. Cut Up/Cut Out honors both innovation and tradition with a selection of over 50 artists representing diverse styles and techniques.

Cut Up/Cut Out Artists:

James Allen (Portland, OR), Ana Bidart (Mexico City, Mexico), Lucrezia Bieler (Zurich, Switzerland), Tord Boontje (London, UK), Nathalie Boutte (Paris, France), Claire Brewster (London, UK), Robert Brinker (Denver, CO), Rogan Brown (Nimes, France), Sarah Burgess (San Francisco, CA), Michael Buscemi (San Jose, CA), Jonathan Callan (London, UK), Charles Clary (Conway, SC), Adriane Colburn (San Francisco, CA), Wim Delvoye (Brighton, UK), Brian Dettmer (New York, NY), Lorenzo Durán (Guadalajara, Spain), Mounir Fatmi (Tangier, Morocco & Paris, France), Hillary Waters Fayle (Richmond, VA), Adam Feibelman (San Francisco, CA), Carmen Lomas Garza (San Francisco, CA), Margaret Griffith (Los Angeles, CA), Mayumi Hamanaka (Richmond, CA), Adriene Heloise (Oakland, CA), Meg Hitchcock (Brooklyn, NY), Justine Khamara (Melbourne,Francesa Pastine (San Francisco, CA), Irene Pijoan (1953-2004), Nikki Rosato (Washington, D.C.), Donna Ruff (Miami, Florida), Rob Ryan (London, UK), Lyndi Sales (Cape Town, South Africa), Gabriel Schama (Oakland, CA), Brian Singer (San Francisco, CA), Andrew Singleton (Wakefield, UK), Xin Song (New York, NY), Jen Stark (Los Angeles, CA), Jana Syvanoja (Helsinki, Finland), Yuken Teruya (New York, NY), Kako Ueda (Brooklyn, NY), Annie Vought (Oakland, CA), Mark Wagner (Charlotte, NC), Maude White (Hudson Valley, NY), Barbara Wildenboer (Cape Town, South Africa), Ty Zemelsky (Durham, CT)  Australia), Kyong Ae Kim (San Francisco, CA), Will Kurtz (Brooklyn, NY), Lauren Kussro (Indianapolis, CA), Cal Lane (Montreal, Canada), Bovey Lee (Los Angeles, CA), Simone Lourenco (New York, NY), Karen Margolis (New York, NY)), Stefana McClure (New York, NY), Chris Natrop (Los Angeles, CA), Rebecca Niederlander (Los Angeles, CA), Amy Oates (Oakland, CA),

Opening Reception

Sunday, December 18, 3-5pm

Meet the artists of Cut Up/Cut Out and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres hosted by the Bedford Gallery Guild.

Members of the Bedford Gallery are free - become a member today!

Admission: General $5; Youth (13-17) $3; Children 12 and under, free.

Download the Cut Up/Cut Out Press Release

Download the Cut Up/Cut Out Price List

See images of the installation