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Founders' Gallery • Upcoming

 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.


Twisted Circus flux

September 12—October 7, 2017
Event Date: September 16, 7:30pm–11pm

The gallery will be in a state of change during this period as we set-up and clean-up from the annual AWD fundraising event Twisted Circus. Tickets will be available soon.


To Be Announced

October 13-November 7, 2017
Reception:October 13 • 5–8pm


To Be Announced

November 10-December 5, 2017
Reception: November 10 • 5–8pm


AWD Members Exhibition

December 8, 2017-January 9, 2018
Reception: December 8 • 5–8pm

The Members’ Exhibition will showcase the many talented artists who are members of the Art Works Downtown community. Artworks created by Studio Artists and artists from outside the AWD building will be available for the holiday gift buying season in a salon style exhibition format. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for your next masterpiece.

This space is available monthly to artists for solo shows orsmall group shows. How to apply


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