Cut, Fold, and Form: Featuring Kiff Slemmons and Julie VonDerVellen

January 24 - May 1, 2016

Even in a culture that seems more and more digitally-oriented, paper is a material that is pervasive. Over the ages, artists have included paper in their practice in a variety of ways, such as a surface for an image, a component of a larger piece, in the form of a book, or a sculptural material.  

While there are aspects of paper that are fragile and delicate, it can also be versatile and durable. Historically, it has been utilized in a myriad of objects such as jewelry, clothing, lampshades, and vessels. Blending creativity, design, and engineering, papercraft traditions offer a repertory of techniques that extend the possibilities of the material. These methods include the folding practice of origami, papercutting, and quilling—creating designs from curled paper. Contemporary manipulations of paper play on its physical properties and capabilities as well as its history as both a handmade material and an integral part of mass communication where it is utilized to convey news and images to a large audience.

Whether emphasizing the structural, the conceptual, or both, the artists whose works are featured in Cut, Fold, and Form transform paper—a familiar and seemingly mundane material—into vessels, sculpture, adornment, and artist’s books. Featured artists Kiff Slemmons, who makes ornate paper jewelry, and Julie VonDerVellen, who creates complex sculptural paper watches and clocks, are represented by multiple works. Artists from RAM’s extensive, growing collection expand the conversation. 

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Gallery Guide
Exhibition Glossary
Press Room

 

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Leon Anderson, Josef Bajus, Christine Bourdette, Laurie Stein Bush, Marylee Bytheriver, Jean Campbell, Helen Carnac, Curt L. Carpenter, Ramon-Puig Cuyas, Lorraine Davis, Dominic L. Di Mare, Tracy Dietzel, Ray DiPalma, Marta Gomez, Beth Grabowski, Walter S. Hamady, Norie Hatakeyama, Ric Haynes, Caren Heft, Kevin J. Henkes, Patti Quinn Hill, Charles Hobson, Kazue Honma, Margie Hughto, Margaret Ponce Israel, Charlene Johnson, Kevin Kennedy, Susan E.  King, Anne Kingsbury, Naomi Kobayashi, Ann Kresge, John  Krewal, Katherine Kuehn, Robert Kushner, Gyongy Laky, Shereen LaPlantz, Jim Lee, Ke-Sook Lee, Ruth Lingen, Scott L. McCarney, Mary Merkel-Hess, Ruth Miles, Jefffrey W. Morin, Beverly L. Nichols, Richard Olson, Kevin Osborn, Frank Paluch, Mary Jo Pauly, JoAnna Poehlmann, Lois Polansky, Jacqueline Rice, Donna Rosenthal, Bird Ross, Ed Rossbach, Susi Schnieder, Kay Sekimachi, Barbara Shaw, Diane Sheehan, Alan Shields, Ida Shoichi, Michael Snow, David  Stairs, Lenore Tawney, Merle Temkin, Barbara Tetenbaum, Adrian R. Tio, Claire Van Vliet, Michael Villiquette, Kelly Walsh, Carol Westfall, Gayle Wimmer, Cybele Young

Kiff Slemmons
Nine Rounds Grid, 2013
Handmade paper
30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Rod Slemmons
Julie VonDerVellen
Hidden, 2014
Paper and acrylic paint
14 x 1 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Jim Escalante
Donna Rosenthal
My Fair Ladies: The Free Spirit, 2011
Found vintage atlases, found vintage buttons, and steel
20 1/8 x 13 x 12 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gregg, Terrie, and Kirsten Maki
in Honor of Emily Therese Maki
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Ruth Lingen, Pooté Press
Comeundone, 1989
Text and drawings by Henrik Drescher
Letterpress on stenciled handmade paper. engraving, collage,
and metal, edition 40/100
6 x 6 x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Paul Quick and Wisconsin Bell
in Memory of Christopher Blaesing
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Julie VonDerVellen
Two Times, 2014
Paper
9 x 17 x 4 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Jim Escalente
Kiff Slemmons
Pulseras (Bracelets), 2012-2013
Handmade paper
30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Rod Slemmons
 
Cut, Fold, and Form: Featuring Kiff Slemmons and Julie VonDerVellen is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Racine County, Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Ruud Family Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Public Radio.