Paper Cuts At Hove Museum And Art Gallery

By Rhiannon Lingwood | 21 June 2007
a paper bouquet of flowers held together with pipe cleaners.

Bruce Ingram's bouquet of paper and card flowers. Picture Rhiannon Lingwood/24 Hour Museum

Hove Museum is running a fascinating exhibition focusing on paper art. We asked our year 10 work experience reporter Rhiannon Lingwood to take a look.

Paper Cuts is an exhibition at Hove Museum and Art Gallery running until July 1 2007 displaying examples of eight international artist’s uses of everyday paper and cardboard and the exquisite results of origami, sculpting and craft.

Hove museum is a small, friendly environment with beautiful gardens and friendly staff. A strong-family orientated feel resides in the first section of this exhibition where some of the brighter artworks and a looped film are shown.

A distant shot of the same piece as before.

Picture Rhiannon Lingwood/24 Hour Museum

The most fascinating piece is situated prominently in the first gallery. Hung from the ceiling, the intricate bouquet of flowers made out of pipe cleaners, Dulux colour charts and a glue gun, this piece shows what beautiful creations talented artists can draw out of almost nothing.

The pieces by Peter Callesen are, he says, influenced by his childhood and they really do reflect the simplicity and sweetness of the childhood years as well as being minutely proportioned. One, for example, titled Mountain, at first glance looks like a scrap of paper scrunched into the shape of a mountain but, with closer inspection, you can make out a miniature figure standing on the mountaintop.

I can imagine young children enjoying these quaint pieces. His centre piece, Birds Trying to Escape Their Drawings, reminds me subtly of the instructions of miniature planes that younger boys love to make.

In this first room there is also a small arts and craft table for children. It’s there to encourage young visitors to make art and to get involved in the exhibition with notices describing how to make similar art works to those on display. I think this is a very positive idea - to occupy children as their parents soak up more of the darker art in the alternative gallery.

Miles' Forest made out of green card stencils on a series of mobiles.

David Miles' Forest made out of green card stencils on a series of mobiles. Picture Rhiannon Lingwood/24 Hour Museum

The second room of the gallery includes works by David Miles (solo exhibition at Gimpel Fils near Oxford Circus in London until Saturday) that I feel are slightly darker than the previous works.

The large piece spanning the width of the room entitled Forest is made up of tens of mobiles of what could be expected to exist in a forest. The spooky characters and castles made out of stiff green card are balanced out by comical card cut outs of men urinating against trees.

His second artwork is a considerably smaller piece with only one mobile consisting of three black card images. The images are of a building, a pair of grasping hands and a couple falling, the title Pact conjures up dark thoughts that this piece is portraying a suicide pact. I liked this work as I thought it was amazing how three bits of cardboard and an appropriate title could leave you thinking.

A close up shot of a stencils. One is a couple falling, one an image of holding hands and the final is a stencil of a building.

David Miles, Pact. Picture Rhiannon Lingwood/24 Hour Museum

Care was taken in the gallery with as much detail in displaying the art as the artists had put into the work itself. Using black card to create coal around the fireplace and paper shredding distributed across radiators and floorboards gave the impression that a lot of thought went into displaying these exhibits.

I found this exhibition fascinating and believe it to be, most likely, entertaining for all ages. Many of the artworks were amazingly well thought out and constructed and it was an effective idea to bring together artists of this rare kind of concept.

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