The Magic of Japanese Paper Cutouts

The Nippon Gallery will exhibit the work of Japanese paper cutout artist Shu Kobo from April 23 to May 5, 2008. Mr. Kubo is well regarded in Japan’s contemporary art scene and his work has appeared on postage stamps and on New Year’s greeting cards in Japan.

Kubo creates the paper cutouts using handmade Japanese washi paper, which is dyed a variety of colors. He approaches the paper sheet by sheet, creating a two dimensional work by precisely cutting fine lines with a knife. Kubo has recently expanded his techniques by combining washi with Western paper materials, resulting in quite remarkable three-dimension works. Also, by layering multiple layers of ultra-thin washi, an original color scheme is developed adding texture and flair to the subject.

The themes explored in Kubo’s work are largely ‘Japonism on Paper.’ He captures the dynamics of the seasonal traditions of Japanese life and food in a fresh and beautiful new way. His work has gained a wide appreciation among the Japanese, especially with children.

In addition to a collection of Kubo’s cutouts, a video featuring his work process and inspirational scenes of sites across Japan will be shown. A selection of washi and the instruments used for the paper cutting will be on display. We hope you will enjoy this unique exihibition.

The exihibition will be held as follows,

April 23-May 5 Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
The Nippon Gallery (1st Floor of The Nippon Club Tower)
145 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019
Contact: / (212) 581- 2223