In his most recent series, paper artist Charles Clary, previously featured on Hi-Fructose, nods to the power of nostalgia by creating over 200 individual VHS slipcase sculptures. The series took over a year to complete and marks a turn towards the personal in Clary’s art. This series is a response to his parents’ deaths and a nostalgia for childhood: “The idea behind the more recent work using retro pop culture from my childhood is of order from chaos, beauty from destruction, and hope for more joyous times.”
For their current group show, “Paper Cuts,” San Francisco’s Spoke Art invited a diverse assembly of artists who transform paper into fantastical visions with the help of a blade. Charles Clary, for instance, builds up layers of colorful sheets of paper cut into organic shapes that resemble neon bacteria colonies sprawling across the gallery wall. Clary’s loud, vibrant sculptural work is balanced out by the monochromatic shadow boxes of Hari and Deepti, a duo that cuts out narrative scenes from layers of white paper, using the interplay of light and shadow to illuminate their characters. Yulia Brodskaya’s delicate works utilize colorful paper in a collage-like style; the artist glues different thin, delicate pieces to create ornamental patterns. Her works for the show are small yet visually impactful. “Paper Cuts” is on view through May 24. Take a look at some work from the show after the jump.