Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New York Art Gallery Elisa Contemporary Art presents Cut, Rolled and Burnt.  Four contemporary artists who are taking paper to extremes -- showing no mercy – in their pursuit of creativity.  The exhibit opened on May 10th and runs through August 11th, 2013. 

The exhibit was highlighted in the May 12th edition of Art Daily.

Michael Buscemi began his series of white paper collages in 2012. He wanted to eliminate all existing media and be left only with light, shape and shadow. He takes extra thick rag paper and with a swift and fluid cut, creates thousands of small, shaped pieces. These severed paper pieces are then built up and layered, allowing the shadows and shapes to organically form, before being set with a polimear gel.

You can also see Michael's work in the Designer Showhouse of Westchester through June 9th


Amy Genser’s exploration of paper as medium began in a papermaking and bookmaking class she took, while studying for her graduate degree in graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design.

Today, she masterfully manipulates paper -- each piece being cut, rolled and stacked -- to mimic organic forms and natural processes. While starting as flat piles of paper, her artwork builds and grows into 3-dimensional constructions filled with color, texture and patterns.


Don Morris' constructions are carefully manipulated comic book paper pages that are cut and folded to create undulating surfaces filled with gentle peaks and curves. From a distance the viewer sees only the interplay of colors and texture. However, as the viewer is drawn in, the super heroes fly, struggle, and climb. Words bubble from the comic book text and are clearly visible throughout the pieces, allowing the viewer to read the dialog of the action heroes.

Hawaii based artist, Wayne Zebzda was born in Connecticut and started his journey out west attending the San Francisco Art Institute on a full scholarship as a painting major. With day jobs in construction, he integrated the tools of this trade into his art -- creating sculptural and installation works, as well as his carbon smoke drawings made with a blow torch.

According to Wayne, the process for his Carbon Smoke drawings is:  

"I have to move continuously while the smoke pours out of the torch. If you have ever seen the film footage of Jackson Pollack painting it is a similar continuous movement, his with drips, mine with smoke and the added possibility of catching the drawing on fire. I enjoy the immediacy and physicality of drawing. The welding torch has the pressure turned down low which makes it sooty/smoky. Working back into the drawings with erasures and brushes reveals what's underneath and a clear fixative sets the soot in place (hopefully) and yes, I have burned the paper and will again."

We will be hosting an opening Reception on Saturday, May 18 from 5-7pm 
 at the Riverdale Gallery, 5622 Mosholu Avenue.

What: Cut, Rolled & Burnt. Manipulated Works of Paper.

Featured Artists: Michael Buscemi, Amy Genser, Don Morris, Wayne Zebzda

Exhibit Dates: Opens Friday May 10th. Runs through August 11.

Where: Elisa Contemporary Art, 5622 Mosholu Avenue (near 256th Street), Riverdale NY 10471.

Hours: Friday/Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, and by Appointment.

Street Parking available and accessible by public transportation.

About Elisa Contemporary Art
Elisa Contemporary Art represents emerging through late career artists from around the world and donates a portion of every gallery sale to charities helping underserved children heal through art.

We have a Riverdale NY gallery, participate in high-end art fairs in New York, the Hamptons, and Miami: curate shows in private and public art spaces within the Tri-State area, and we've been featured in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces, New York Times, American Art Collector, Ocean Home Magazine and other publications and blogs. We also provide Corporate and Residential Art Consulting Services.

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