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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The Creative Process Behind My Cut Paper for The New York Times Magazine

Who would have thought that my first cut paper artwork for the New York Times Magazine was a Cannabis Sativa? Since the Magazine is published weekly, there was very little time to work on the piece. Time is always a challenging issue, for my creative process is naturally slow. In addition, I already lined up my calendar for the rest of the year but pretty much had to push everything back in order to fit it into the schedule.

Despite its simplicity, a lot of preparation and work went into the cut paper leaf. As I said in the last post, what seems easy is not. Firstly, I read Bruce Barcott’s fascinating article and learned about the angle of the story. And then, the Art Director and I discussed how to represent the angle of the story all in a single cutout leaf. The color scheme and composition were then decided. After a dozen back and forth with the AD, I went about to research hundreds of images of the Cannabis leaves. Realizing there were three different types, I had to make a quick choice on which one to depict and settled on the Sativa because of its graceful shape. I also researched images of vintage botanical and scientific illustrations.

The article centered around the investment and marketing of marijuana for pharmaceutical use. On the computer, I rearranged, reshaped, and adjusted the spacing and symmetry of the leaf. The idea was to give the leaf a clinical look, almost like a specimen drawing. Before cutting it out, I did a pencil drawing based on the computer image to show the AD. After approval, I then began the hand cutting process until it was completed. The finished artwork was shipped to a photographer in New York for the post production work.

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa, pencil on paper, for The New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa, pencil on paper, sketch for The New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

Given the photographer who has never taken pictures of my work before, he did a good job for white-on-white is very difficult to do well, especially because the leaf has very delicate, thin lines.

I want to thank The New York Times for inviting me to collaborate on this interesting project.

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa cut paper artwork for the New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa cut paper artwork for the New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

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: Water Has a Memory, Solo Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

It’s only a week away from the opening of my first solo exhibition with Gavlak Gallery that represents my work in Palm Beach, Florida. The water motif is in majority of the cut paper pieces in the show. That’s why it is titled Water Has a Memory.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory opens on Easter Friday, March 29 and the exhibition is thru May 11. I will be showing both recent and new works, including “Falling Water I–V (after Pat Steir)” that are in the image below. New works include “Palm Tree Snowflakes,” “Painting Coral,” “Sawing Waves,” and “Trimming Feathers.” Visit boveylee.com to see these and more images.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, solo exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-May 11, 2013

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, solo exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-May 11, 2013

My work in The Armory Show and Scope, New York

I came back from New York last week to attend the Armory Show and Scope. I had works in both art fairs. In The Armory Show, Gavlak Gallery that represents me in Palm Beach, Florida chose “Rolling Roses.” At Scope, Grotto Fine Art showed “Wingtip Voyage,” “Dragging Cows Up a Tree,” and “Wash, Cut, Dry.”

Several blogs selected my works as one of their best picks:

Opening Ceremony – Scoping Out the 2013 Scope Art Fair

Arts Observer – Spotted During Armory Arts Week: Incredible ‘Paper’ Creations

New York Art Leaf – Scope New York 2013

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From left: Wingtip Voyage, Dragging Cows Up a Tree, Wash, Cut Dry, at Scope New York with Grotto FIne Art, Mar 6-10, 2013

Grotto Fine Art booth, Scope New York, Mar 6-10, 2013

Grotto Fine Art booth, Scope New York, Mar 6-10, 2013

"Rolling Roses" in The Armory Show with Gavlak Gallery, Mar 6-10, 2013

“Rolling Roses” in The Armory Show with Gavlak Gallery, Mar 6-10, 2013

What to Come in Early 2013?

The new year begins with a big bang! There are several upcoming exhibitions and art fairs to come and all before the first half of 2013.

You can see my works at these locations:

January 17-March 9, Bovey Lee: Conundrums, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

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Bovey Lee, Briefcase Vacation-Fall, 2012

February 21-July 14, Paper Unbound: Horiuchi and Beyond, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle

Bovey Lee, Memory Windows I, 2010

Bovey Lee, Memory Windows I, 2010

March 6-10, Scope, New York

Bovey Lee, Dragging Cows Up A Tree, 2011

Bovey Lee, Dragging Cows Up A Tree, 2011

March 30-May 11, Bovey Lee: Cut Paper (TBA), Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach

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Bovey Lee, Trimming Feathers, 2012

May 23-26, Art Basel, Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong

Bovey Lee, Vase 3, 2012

Bovey Lee, Vase 3, 2012

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.