Slide Show: From Start to Finish

It’s been a really long time since my last post and it feels great to be back!

Thanks to those of you who keep reading BoveyBlog.

This year has been totally insane and it is astonishing we are in November already. Where does the time go?

Oh, right, mine all went to cutting paper. Many people are curious how I create my work.

Here’s a slide show that offers insight into what it takes for me to make a cut paper piece. Hope you enjoy it.

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5-year Anniversary – A Mini Retrospective

I began my full-time career as a cut paper artist five years ago (the clock started with my first solo exhibition as a represented gallery artist, although I started making cut paper in summer of 2005). Looking back at the works that I have created, there are several pieces that I consider to be door openers.

“Hanging Gown” is the first piece I used the chain link fence motif. Later, I expanded the idea to create series of works including the “Little Crimes,” “Falling Water,” “Memory Windows,” and “The Butterfly Gown.”

Hanging Gown

Hanging Gown, rice paper cutout, 7×14, 2006

“Atomic Jellyfish” is the first large cut paper with an elevated level of intricacy that I created in late 2007. Although taking as long as four months to complete, it allowed me to push the technical and conceptual limits of cut paper. “Atomic Jellyfish” inspired works that came soon after that dealt with both man-made and natural powers.

"Atomic Jellyfish"

Bovey Lee, Rice paper cutout, 2007

“Beach Ball Blast” is significant as it was the first piece that I focused on environmental issues.

Beach Ball Blast

“Beach Ball Blast,” rice paper cutout, 2009

“Falling Water I–V” is the first series that I created as an installation. Coming from a painting background, I was curious to create a painterly effect using cut paper.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

“Sewing Highways” brought back the narrative-based expressions in my work. I created it after coming back from Beijing in 2010 after visiting the capital of China twenty years prior. The changes in Beijing’s landscape and people’s lives were staggering and overwhelming. It inspired me to create works on the effects of industrialization and urbanization.

Sewing Highways, cut rice paper on silk, 2011

Sewing Highways, cut rice paper on silk, 2011

“Lifting Clouds” is a recent work that explores how we use super machines and high technologies to claim ownership and alter/shape nature to our liking. I developed the concept to create many works in similar vein, such as “Trimming Feathers,” “Painting Corals,” and “Welding Branches.”

Bovey Lee, "Lifting Clouds", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Lifting Clouds”, 2012

“Vase I” modernizes traditional Chinese vases that always depict nature in purity and untouched by humanity. The fact is, there is literally no place on earth that human beings have not interrupted in some way.

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

Gallery Shots of Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Coming back to open my solo, Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, in Palm Beach not long ago. The opening was very well attended. I love how subtle and elegant the color scheme we use for the show. Thanks to Sarah Gavlak who is director and owner of Gavlak. When I first exhibited cut paper, I chose a tone on tone presentation and it gave a very quiet and airy feel to a show. This current solo recreates that same impression. Below are several gallery shots that I want to share with you:

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums Gallery Shots, Rena Bransten Gallery

Opened my solo Bovey Lee: Conundrums on January 17. Beautifully curated and displayed at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. Here are some gallery shots.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Jan 17-Mar 16.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Jan 17-Mar 16.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Jan 17-Mar 16.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Jan 17-Mar 16.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Jan 17-Mar 16.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, Jan 17-Mar 16.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums opens Thursday, January 17 at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

The moment is finally near. Bovey Lee: Conundrums opens two days from now at Rena Bransten in San Francisco. This is my first solo exhibition as a gallery artist with Rena Bransten. I will be showing eight new cut paper from 2012 and selected pieces from earlier works. If you are in or near the Bay Area, I hope you get a chance to see it.

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, solo exhibition, Jan 17-March 16, 2013 at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Bovey Lee: Conundrums, solo exhibition, Jan 17-March 16, 2013 at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

The Miami Project – A New Art Fair – December 4-9, 2012

I will have works in a new art fair, The Miami Project, with Rena Bransten Gallery from December 4-9. The Miami Project has sponsorship from Miami MOCA and I will show five cut paper works. If you are in or visiting Miami next week, please stop by and check it out.

The Miami Project with Rena Bransten Gallery, December 4-9, 2012

The Miami Project with Rena Bransten Gallery, December 4-9, 2012

Here are the works that will be in The Miami Project:

Bovey Lee, "Lifting Clouds", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Lifting Clouds”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Pulling Seashells", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Pulling Seashells”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Power", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Power”, 2006

Gallery shots of Bovey Lee: Undercurrents at Nevada Museum of Art

Thanks Brian Eyler, Registrar of the Nevada Museum of Art for taking these photos. Bovey Lee: Undercurrents is on view now and runs thru Janurary 2, 2013.