First Cut with the Urban Critters
So, we are currently helping Helen out with ideas for our Urban Critters section of the website and this is involving plenty of research and trips out (yay!) It is also our job to keep the Wonder Mice up to date with new technology and interesting developments in the world so it was with much excitement that we headed off to Manchester Art Gallery to see the ground-breaking First Cut exhibition.
First Cut includes work by many artists we have come to admire over the years. As our Critter society includes a number of mice and squirrels (who are very good at nibbling designs into paper) it seemed the perfect outing for our first Urban Critters social, and we were not disappointed!
One of the first pieces to come into view as you entered the gallery space was this amazing column created by Mia Pearlman. The paper cutting alone was astounding, but this combined with the sheer scale of the work and the way it created shadows was breathtaking. The photographs do not do any of the work justice!!
The paper forest was one of our favourite areas – probably because it reminded us of The Glade where many of us were born. The trees were suspended from the ceiling and spiralled gently as you moved through them. We felt like we were very tiny beings lying on our backs watching leaves drift slowly to the floor.
This piece by Peter Callesen had us all chuckling as it is just so clever!
As you may (or may not) know, us Urban Critters are big fans of maps, plans and blueprints so this work by Noriko Ambe was right up our street. Layer upon layer of paper has been used to create 3D maps. To us the work seemed both beautiful and eerie, we couldn’t help wondering what would be lurking in those indents!
This paper cut by James Aldridge took our breath away. Ok, so it included some of our favourite birds and wildlife (which makes it a winner in our eyes) but it was sooooooo delicate. This on it’s own would have placed it beyond words, but the piece must have been 10 or 11 feet high! We have no idea how the artist managed to create this and keep it in one piece.
We could have included many more images in this post, the work was of such high quality and we can’t express how much we just enjoyed being in the midst of it all. Many of you will be thinking ‘well thanks very much, the exhibition has finished’. Yes, it has at Manchester, but First Cut will be on show at Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham from 20 April 2013. If you are in the area we think you should go and see it!
Hope you enjoyed our first post
The Urban Critters x