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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What I Have Learned from Cut Paper

  1. Slowness is underrated in the world of rush and hurry.
  2. On average, it takes about 4-8 times longer to cut something out compared to drawing it.
  3. Other people want me to cut faster, a lot faster.
  4. Patience pays off.
  5. Don’t put off making your own work to accommodate others.
  6. Craftsmanship is valuable.
  7. Let the artist block crumble on its own. It will.
  8. Let your work surprise you.
  9. Knowing how to use the computer helps a lot, just don’t let it replace your hands.
  10. I can’t work when other people’s in the room.
  11. Solitude is a necessity.
  12. More is more.
  13. It’s all in the details.
  14. Put in the hours, it’s the only way.
  15. What seems easy is often not.
Bovey Lee, What it takes to cut out a line, June 2013

Bovey Lee, What it takes to cut out a line, June 2013

5 Tips for Paper Cutting

I originally wrote these five tips for an author who asked what techniques that were unique to my practice in cut paper. So if you cut paper like I do, i.e., with a template, these few pointers might help you:

1.  To align my cutout template with the rice paper, I use staples on the top two corners for registration and paperweights to keep the template from shifting while cutting.

2.  I make sure a cut paper piece in progress is structurally sound by starting in the center and working out to the edges.

3.  For large pieces, it is best that you do not lift the cut paper before it is complete and to also cover any cut section with a blank sheet of paper when resting your hand or arm upon it to cut other areas. These precautions protect the delicate areas.

4.  When doing intricate cutting, it helps to lift your knife to the very tip of the blade at the end of a line to prevent over cutting.

5.  Instead of blowing or shaking stray pieces from a cut paper piece, I use a soft sable brush.

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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 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

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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

My Top Picks – What Happened in 2012

Looking back, 2012 has been absolutely tremendous in many ways. Reflecting upon it, there are numerous memorable events and moments. I have come up with the top picks to share with you. Wish you all a very happy and fulfilling 2013. What a way to end the year!

Bovey Lee: Undercurrents, solo exhibition, Nevada Museum of Art, 2012

Bovey Lee: Undercurrents, solo exhibition, Nevada Museum of Art, 2012

New gallery representation, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

New gallery representation, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

"Carry the Sky", public art commission, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong

“Carry the Sky”, public art commission, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong

"Bloom", solo exhibition in Shanghai presented by Hugo Boss

“Bloom”, solo exhibition in Shanghai presented by Hugo Boss

Window installation, Hugo Boss, 16 stores across Asia

Window installation, Hugo Boss, 16 stores across Asia

Created a new body of cut paper works

Created a new body of cut paper works

Scope, international art fair, New York City

Scope, international art fair, New York City

"Bovey Lee: Bloom", solo exhibition, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

“Bovey Lee: Bloom”, solo exhibition, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong

ArtHK12, international art fair, Exhibition and Convention Centre, Hong Kong

ArtHK12, international art fair, Exhibition and Convention Centre, Hong Kong

"The Miami Project", new art fair with Rena Bransten Gallery

“The Miami Project”, new art fair with Rena Bransten Gallery

Visiting artist talks at Nevada Museum of Art, California College of the Arts, and University of California at Berkeley

Visiting artist talks at Nevada Museum of Art, California College of the Arts, and University of California at Berkeley

Contributed to "Material World" published by Virgin Books/Random House, London, UK

Contributed to “Material World” published by Virgin Books/Random House, London, UK and “High Touch” published by Gestalten, Berlin, Germany.