Spontaneous Paper Cutting

Art installation by Chris Natrop (1)

Some of Chris Natrop’s art installations look like they may be influenced by graffiti, because the paper cutouts resemble spray paint drippings, blobs and strokes. The artist also works with other materials such as acrylic sheets, laminated mirrors, paper tape, and more.

Notes about the Natrop’s artwork: [1]

The viewer is en­courag­ed to enter these room-sized installations to directly experience the realm the artist has set up where elements of light, shadow and form coalesce into a fully unified world. Most of the individual components are hand-cut in the artist’s studio and then custom-arranged for a particular exhibition space. For his works on paper, each piece is spontaneously created without the use of patterns or pre-drawing—this stream-of-consciousness approach is, in fact, the crux of the artist’s practice. Graphic silhouettes emerge from a meditative-channeling activated by the repetitive practice of cutting paper. Natrop works on enormous sheets of Lenox 100 drawing paper stretched out vertically on his studio wall. Wielding a standard utility knife, he spontaneously cuts away at the paper to create a hybrid of landscape imagery.

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1. "Statement." Chrisnatrop.com. Retrieved on February 3rd, 2012.

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