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Paper Zoo 2017

 Andrea Bergen and Tetsuya Takenomata Polar Bear Shark
Polar Bear Shark ©   2017   Andrea Bergen and Tetsuya Takenomata, 
cut paper and gel topcoat on wood panel, 3'x4'.

Paper Zoo

Andrea Bergen and Tetsuya Takenomata
cut paper collage

August 11-September 9, 2017
Receptions: August 11 + September 8 • 5–8pm

Paper Zoo  features the collages of creative duo artist Andrea Bergen and designer Tetsuya Takenomata. Their menagerie of animal-centric work ranges from the cute to chaotic and expresses the artists' love for animals and concern about the future of wildlife. The small pieces are fun experiments celebrating the beautiful forms and patterns of nature. The larger pieces imagine the planet after humans have gone extinct and poses a hopeful vision that animals will adapt to the damaged environment and make use of the detritus left behind.

Each image is created using Bergen's singular collaging technique which uses only scissors and colored pastel paper. Thousands of pieces of the hand cut paper are layered together on wood board until the surface of the collage is dense and sculptural. This unexpected use of the medium expands the definition of collage and gives the pieces their bold and energetic appearance.

In this digital era when all trends are moving towards automation and mass production, Bergen and Takenomata seek to put the value back into the analog, hand crafted process. On a screen, the graphic look of the collages can give the impression that they were created with paint or a computer but the power of the work comes from its handmade origin. Just as the digital format could never fully capture the beauty of nature, the collages are best experienced in person when the viewer can observe all the details and effort that went into their creation.