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GREGG WELZ PAPER CUTS


gregg welz 2014 – 2016


“I am drawn to this abstract process as a means of expressing the visual symmetry around me: architecture, water patterns, or stone walls, for instance. Using the grid confines or contains the composition to its singular space; I envision the boundaries broken through to infinite scale. When I first created the paper cuts series, shadows were a pleasant after effect. As my work develops, I look forward to what the shadows may reveal.””

– Gregg Welz


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Gregg Welz Paper Cuts Featured at the Lionheart Gallery New Exhibition opens on May 6, 2016 through July 3, 2016 Pound Ridge, New York – (April 25, 2016) Gregg Welz, a lifelong resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, is a conceptual artist who configures cut and folded pieces of drawing paper into repeating patterns, creating gradations of light and cast shadow. From early watercolor lessons at the age of twelve to an art and design education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Welz has continued to experiment artistically. He notes that his imagination is influenced by geometries found throughout the environment, both natural and man-made. “I am drawn to this abstract process as a means of expressing the visual symmetry around me: architecture, water patterns, or stone walls, for instance,” says Welz of his cut paper practice, citing Sol LeWitt and Louise Nevelson among his sources of inspiration. “Using the grid confines or contains the composition to its singular space; I envision the boundaries broken through to infinite scale.” Utilizing paper with texture and weight is important to the artist; he likes the tactile feel of it. While he sometimes works in colored papers—rich crimson, Mediterranean azure blue— many of his recent pieces are minimalist confections of white on white. The work is delicate yet crisp, the patterns graceful and angular, as intricate as a classical symphony and as elegant as pleats in couture fashion. The folds of the paper in these three-dimensional works form shadows that make one more layer of pattern and color; even in the monochromatic compositions, the shadows cast a variety of shades. “When I first created the paper cuts series, shadows were a pleasant after effect,” Welz notes. “As my work develops, I look forward to what the shadows may reveal.” Some of the artworks in Paper Cuts are more elaborate than others; indeed, Welz compares cutting paper to preparing a palette of mixed paint, and his studio tools are blades instead of brushes. He then lays out the grid and completes each square, over and over. Each piece of paper has been scored, cut, folded, and affixed with a riser; completion can take several weeks of repetitious practice. The artist enjoys viewers’ reactions to his work and is often queried on his patience. Paper Cuts includes works such as Up and Over, a perfect square composed of 169 smaller squares, each its own tile of origami-like folds. The detailed shapes Welz has folded into the creamy white paper conjure endless associations: tiny kites, ornate frosting roses, snowy peaks, experimental architecture, spinning pinwheels, scales on a pale fish, or facets in a diamond.


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“Gregg is like an architect of paper,” says Lionheart Gallery Director Susan Grissom. “He builds complex works that draw you in to explore the textures, the patterns, and the shadows. They are sophisticated and contemplative, and I admire the patient and inventive mind it takes to create such complicated beauty.” Simultaneously stimulating and meditative, Welz’s cuts and creases form individual universes that are nuanced when seen from any focal point. Viewers will find something new to contemplate with each look. View Paper Cuts by Gregg Welz at the Lionheart Gallery’s Exhibition, opening May 6, 2016 and running through July 3, 2016, Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 PM. For more information and directions to the gallery at 27 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge, New York, visit www.thelionheartgallery.com or call 914 764 8689.


PAPER CUTS


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Blues Frenzy, 2016 Drawing Paper 40” x 40”


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Blue Chips, 2016 Drawing Paper 20” x 20”


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White Sea/Blue, 2016 Drawing Paper 28” x 28”


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Public Square, 2015 Drawing Paper 32” x 32”


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White on White, 2015 Drawing Paper 32” x 32”


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Open and Close, 2016 Drawing Paper 40” x 40”


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Tilt-a-Whirl, 2016 Drawing Paper 40” x 40”


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Up and Over, 2016 Drawing Paper 40” x 40”


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White on White No. 2, 2015 Drawing Paper 32” x 32”


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Points of White, 2016 Drawing Paper 52” x 32”


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Winter Stars, 2016 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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Islands in the Wind, 2016 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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Black Composition, 2015 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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Fiddleheads, 2014 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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Points of Bright, 2014 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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Sound Waves, 2014 Drawing Paper 20” x 16”


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Nutmeg Blue, 2014 Drawing Paper 20” x 16”


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Red Currents, 2014 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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Blue Currents, 2014 Drawing Paper 16” x 20”


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White Over Orange Pop, 2014 Drawing Paper 32” x 32”


EXHIBITION PHOTOS


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Opening of Gregg Welz PAPER CUTS May 15, 2016


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Opening of Gregg Welz PAPER CUTS May 15, 2016


INTERVIEW with the ARTIST


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This catalogue was published to accompany the Gregg Welz Spring Exhibition at The Lionheart Gallery. Gregg Welz May 2014 – July 3, 2016 All images copyright of the artist. Images of the works are reproduced courtesy of the artist and The Lionheart Gallery. Curated by Susan Grissom Designed by Chelsea Walsh Essay by Tori Rysz All rights reserved. No part of this book may be produced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior permission in writing of the copyright holder and The Lionheart Gallery. 914 764 8689 www.thelionheartgallery.com 27 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576


Gregg Welz Catalog  

Contains old and new works by Gregg Welz, including those that are currently featured in the exhibition PAPER CUTS at The Lionheart Gallery....

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