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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

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

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

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

briefcase-vacation-autumn

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

trimming-feathers

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

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

ARTINFO.com Interview

This Artinfo.com interview just went live. Editor Belle Zhao asked 14 questions about my cut paper work and practice. Hope you enjoy reading it.

The Cutter – 14 Questions for Paper Artist Bovey Lee