Thursday, August 20, 2015

Save the date for my next solo show:
Sunday, October 18, in Los Angeles

Please join me in Los Angeles at the National Council for Jewish Women on Sunday, October 18, from 3 to 5 in the afternoon for the opening reception for “Women of Valor and Other Super Heroes.”

Details are coming soon – but for now, please save the date to be there as I premiere a bunch of new work incorporating cut-up comics featuring all of your favorite heroes, including Wonder Woman, Gamora, Supergirl, Black Canary, Silk Spectre, and more.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Last chance to see "Heroes and Villains" exhibition in Maryland

These are the last few days to see the "Heroes and Villains" exhibition at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Maryland, featuring three of my papercuts (including "Jacob and Esav," which won a juror's award in the show). The show closes August 23.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Portland windows at night

Got a nice photo sent to me of the (newly lit) windows I designed for Maimonides Jewish Day School in Portland, Oregon – and I've gotta say, I love how they look!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Virtually in Toronto

I am so pleased that I'm going to be a part of the High Holidays at Neshamah Congregation (in Canada) this year. My work will be featured as "visual tefillah" for worship services, and I'll be leading a discussion (virtually, thanks to the internet) on my process and my "paper tefillah" series.

The congregation is led by Rabbi Erin Polansky, with whom my wife and I have been friends for 20 years – she was there when I first started cutting paper, and I'm proud to call her a friend.

For details, please visit their website.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

We're making a movie.

This is me in my studio, being put under the microscope of a movie camera. I'll be having a crew in the studio now and then for a little while, because they want to make a little movie about me. Exciting times!

Details about this, my upcoming shows, a big new commission, and plenty more to come – all right here on the blog.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What happens when you give knives to a bunch of teenage campers? Magic.

This was my ninth summer teaching papercutting at Camp Newman in Northern California.

Nine years driving my mobile studio up to wine country. Nice years eating in a dining hall and sleeping in a faculty cabin. Nine years living and praying and making with my camp community – my camp family, really.

It's a great experience to make art in a different physical space – sometimes I'm lucky enough to find a different mental space as well, allowing me to experiment with new ideas and new approaches. But no matter how conducive I may find it to my own art, it's always a wonderful experience to show a room full of campers what I do, and to show them how they can do it as well. How they can develop ideas and make art that expresses something within them.

Papercutting is a new medium for many of these campers, and maybe that's why they're so successful. They might have had time in their 15 years to learn to say "I can't draw" (unfortunately) but it's the rare high school kid who has enough time holding an X-acto knife to know whether they can do it or not – and so, not knowing any better yet, they succeed. Each camper gives it their all – they commit to the process, and they find they are more than capable of expressing themselves with knife and paper.

It's a real pleasure to see them surprise themselves with their newfound ability – it's like seeing Barry Allen realize that the lightning bolt has given him super speed.

The first project the campers work on is a mizrach, an ornamental wall plaque used to indicate the direction of prayer (east) in Jewish homes. We brainstormed as a group to get some ideas going, but each student designed their own, and then backed it with comics. One idea that had everyone starting in the same place, but every mizrach was unique.

 Our second, BIG project was (as usual) paper midrash – each camper had to identify a story or character from Jewish tradition, and explore and develop it with the aid of knife and paper. Some worked with one of the session rabbis to find fascinating little tidbits, others made up their own commentaries, and all of them created stunning work.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

"Jacob and Esau" receives juror's award at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

I'm so pleased to share the good news: my "Jacob and Esau" papercut has been awarded a juror's award in the "Heroes & Villains" show at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center.

I have three pieces in the show, which is open through August in Maryland.