Ugly Art Room Presents Cutters
June 18-July 17, 2011
Ali Aschman, Erin Batson, Beck Berrett, Caroline Burghardt, Alison Corrie
Ian Addison Hall, Erica Harris, Heide Hatry, Charles Kushla, Michelle Levante, Raphaela Riepl, Sarah G. Sharp, Scott Sturgill, Leah Tacha, Charles Wilkin
Opening Reception: 8-10pm, Saturday, June 18, 2011
The Parlour Brooklyn
72 Greenpoint Ave
To cut: to penetrate or divide something, as with a sharp-edged instrument; to detach with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; to separate from the main body.
Cutting is a violent act, but not necessarily a destructive one. Think of it as creative division. The tool designed to cut is not a blender or shredder, but an accurate instrument meant for separating individual parts. The new pieces are now separate and distinct wholes, not waste, ready for new meaning and purpose. More adroit and clearly planned than the idea that “you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs”, the creative cut is a precision land grab.
This is of course elemental for artistic practice. The editing of the cut was already a decisive expression and now the new parts are ripe for re-use and imaginative application. Art, not being life, allows for the suggestion and narrative of invasive repurpose. In the hypothetical landscape, King Solomon’s two baby halves could very well hop away and start separate lives. The centaur is collage.
Cutters Artwork (note: link redirects to UAR's former website)