Location Gallery’s most recent exhibition “Tape Paper Scissors Print" — the newest iteration of one of the gallery’s first concepts — returns to challenge the traditional methods and materials associated with the fine art genre.
Harkening back to the Gallery’s fourth exhibition, 2016’s three artist show, “Tape Paper Scissors” offered the three artists involved a chance to display work that actively welcomes the use of sharp angular lines of cut and layered paper and tape over the smooth stroke and flat dimensionality of traditional paint and brush or graphite-based works. The original show featured the work of Location Gallery curator and artist Peter E. Roberts as well as Jon Arge’s color-aid paper, pop-art streetscapes and Len Ciliento’s warmly colored washi tape depictions of domestic and social scenes.Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and Dine newsletters
“This show is one that’s near to my heart more so than other shows” said Roberts warmly over the phone. “My medium is paper cut assemblage and the first time we did this show back in June of 2016 people reacted very positively to it, but they also thought it was a little remarkable that all the work was either cut paper or washi tape, so this time we’ve brought other fellow paper cut artists to come together and make a bigger, broader show."
For this years’ showcase, the original three artists will be adding the medium of printmaking to the original concept — not to mention the addition of seven artists. Rounding out the roster are Laurie Darby, Ellis Hepburn, Ahmad Jackson, Farnaz Jahani, Axelle Kieffer, Jordan Mooney, and Claudia Schlosser.
“Laurie Darby is a local printmaker and owner of Cobblestone Prints. Ellis Hepburn has familial Savannah connections but is bringing her hand-dyed and cut work from California. Ahmad Jackson is a Savannah native. Farnaz Jahani is from Tehran and graduated from SCAD. Her pattern and narrative are distinctly hers," the exhibition's press release stated on some of the new artists. "Our married couple, Axelle Kieffer, originally from France (paper cut collage), and Jordan Mooney (Printmaking) are a welcome addition. Claudia Schlosser, originally from Germany, has a framing service here and also does geometric paper collage. The lineup is diverse, and the work shows different approaches to the medium of paper and/or tape assemblage, cut and print.”
Along with the show's theme being an obvious nod towards one of the galleries’ earliest exhibitions, Location will also be revisiting a concept from the galleries’ very first exhibition as well in which they used a people's choice system, allowing attendees the ability to collectively select a local non-profit to benefit with the gallery’s portion of profits from the show. According to the galleries press release, “nomination only happens during the opening reception of 'Tape Paper Scissors Print' from 5-to-8 p.m. on Nov. 15th. The public can then vote online afterword up to once a day throughout the month of December. The local non-profit that ends up with the most votes will be the recipient of the gallery profits for the show.”
“Every show we benefit a non-profit,” said Roberts, “and since we’ve been open we’ve been able to donate over $350,000 to local non-profits. It’s fun, it makes the experience of going to a show a little bit more meaningful.”