WAUSAU — Three origami exhibitions, featuring innovative artwork by contemporary artists who transform two-dimensional paper into
March 2 Saturday 1 – 3 p.m.
Art Park Open Studio
All ages drop in to create single-sheet, cut-tissue designs, inspired by Carmen Lomas Garza’s papel picado artworks.
On view through June 2
“Cut Up/Cut Out”
A contemporary take on the ancient, yet ever-evolving art of cutting paper comprises a range of techniques and materials – from vintage maps and magazines to a leaf, car tire and saw blade. To transform paper, rubber, metal and more into thought-provoking artworks, artists explore varied piercing and cutting techniques that provide endless possibilities for change. By cutting into and through surfaces, artists alter items converting them from opaque to transparent, flat to sculptural, rigid to delicate, and ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required are laborious, technically demanding and always astonishing. The art of paper cutting dates back thousands of years, with early artwork emerging from sixth-century China, extending worldwide by the fourteenth century, and later sparking a wave of folk art traditions. Celebrating both innovation and tradition, this exhibition features the work of more than 50 artists, representing diverse styles, techniques, and sizes – from 3-inch artworks to sprawling, complex installations.
In Touch with Art
The Woodson Art Museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition debuts with five avian sculptures, available on a “touch table” in the Decorative Arts Gallery. This touchable artwork installation – the first in an ongoing series – provides ready access to original artwork for visitors with low vision or blindness, also encouraging sighted visitors to experience a new way to “see” via the mind’s eye – visualizing artwork though touch.
A commitment to providing accessible and compelling art experiences for all inspired the tactile art exhibition with guidance from tactile sculpture Ann Cunningham. Beginning March 2, explore touchable sculpture and the power of hands-on appreciation.
On view through August
“Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture”
Regal Bearing applies the tenets of portraiture to more than 60 artworks from the museum’s collection. As with human portraits, the artists represented captured the essence of their subjects using a variety of formats, including a focus on single birds without backgrounds, as well as the inclusion of habitat or attributes that help to characterize a species or place it in context.
“Sharing the Shoreline”
Discover the beauty of shorebirdsm- sanderlings, stilts, turnstones, whimbrels, yellowlegs and others – through sculptures and works on paper from the collection.
The Woodson is at 700 N. 12th St. Wausau.