Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jan 20 – Mar 20, 2018
GROUP EXHIBITION
Land
@ Irvine Fine Arts Center

Land Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center 2018

LAND
Exhibition Dates:
Jan. 20–March 10, 2018
Opening Reception:
Saturday, Jan. 20, 4–6 p.m.

This exhibition focuses on works that seek to understand, highlight and critique our connection to land – from environmental issues to cultivation, development and mapping – and traces the change in that relationship from the past to the present and into the future. The multidisciplinary exhibition includes works by Jennifer Celio, Kiyomi Fukui, Virginia Katz, Michael Nannery, Chris Natrop, Christine Nguyen and Christine Weir.

Image credit: Chris Natrop, Of Night and Light and Half Light, watercolor, metallic powder, glitter on hand-cut paper, string, yarn, projected video, lighting. Dimensions variable, 2015.

Attending the opening reception for Land? Invite your friends to the event on Facebook by clicking here.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Nov 19 – Feb 11, 2018
TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Cut Up/Cut Out!
@ Huntsville Museum of Art

Cut Up/Cut Out | Huntsville Museum of Art

The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th century China. Originally a decorative handcraft for women, Chinese paper-cutting eventually expanded into rural areas, becoming a staple at religious ceremonies and festivals. By the 14th century, paper-cutting spread to the rest of the world bringing in a new wave of folk art traditions. Cut Up/Cut Out honors both innovation and tradition with a selection of over 50 artists representing diverse styles and techniques by taking a contemporary view of an ancient art practice that has evolved over thousands of years.

Cut Up/Cut Out is an exhibition of local, national and international artists who explore the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting, using a wide range of media from paper and plastic to metal and rubber. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting the material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding and always astonishing.

Visually diverse, the artworks in Cut Up/Cut Out range in size from an intimate three inches to sprawling and complex installations, and they represent an abundance of conceptual ideas. The artists address our relationship with nature and environmental issues, personal and political narratives, architecture, fantasy, and abstract or formal ideas—with many intersections.

This show features several large scale installations including: Margaret Griffith’s Coringa, a hand-cut, 12 foot long paper artwork that cascades from the ceiling, Adriane Colburn’s expansive multimedia piece Forest for the Trees, and a site–specific, interactive installation by Los Angeles artist Rebecca Niederlander. Cut Up/Cut Out also includes a group of artists who are drawn to cutting into unique or unusual materials such as tires, oil drums, and leaves.

The curator of this exhibition, Carrie Lederer, was inspired by Bay Area artist, Irene Pijoan’s (1953-2004) groundbreaking large-scale cut paper artwork and has dedicated Cut Up/Cut Out to her memory. Cut Up/Cut Out is a traveling exhibition that was organized by the Bedford Gallery and will travel nationally through 2020.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Aug 19 – Sep 16, 2017
GROUP EXHIBITION
Group Hang New Work by Facebook Artists in Residence 2012–2017
@ The Lab, SF

Group Hang, FB AIR’s first public exhibition, with a celebration next Saturday, August 19, from 6–9PM at The Lab, located at 2948 16th Street in San Francisco. The exhibition will be on view to the public August 19–September 16, Weds–Sun, 12–7PM..

Group Hang A Show of New Work by Facebook Artists in Residence 2012–2017

Group Hang New Work by Facebook Artist in Residence 2012–2017 August 2017

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Jun 30 – Oct 22, 2017
TRAVELING EXHIBITION
Cut Up/Cut Out!
@ Bellevue Arts Museum

Cut Up/Cut Out, curated by Bedford Gallery of Walnut Creek, CA, will begin its national tour at Bellevue Arts Museum on June 30, 2017. The exhibition features cut and pierced artwork by more than 50 national and international artists. Using a variety of tools and methods, as well as materials from paper and plastic to metal and rubber, the artists of Cut Up/Cut Out explore the endless possibilities of cutting into and through their chosen surfaces. The transformative nature of this process creates extraordinary results, converting materials from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing.

The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th century China. Originally a decorative handcraft for women, Chinese paper-cutting eventually expanded into rural areas, becoming a staple at religious ceremonies and festivals. By the 14th century, paper-cutting spread to the rest of the world, bringing in a new wave of folk art traditions. Cut Up/Cut Out honors both innovation and tradition with a selection of work representing diverse styles and techniques.

Cut Up/Cut Out features: James Allen (USA), Ana Bidart (Mexico), Lucrezia Bieler (Switzerland), Tord Boontje (UK), Nathalie Boutté (France), Claire Brewster (UK), Robert Brinker (USA), Rogan Brown (France), Sarah Burgess (USA), Michael Buscemi (USA), Charles Clary (USA), Adriane Colburn (USA), Wim Delvoye (UK), Lorenzo Durán (Spain), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco & France), Hillary Waters Fayle (USA), Adam Feibelman (USA), Carmen Lomas Garza (USA), Margaret Griffith (USA), Mayumi Hamanaka (USA), Adriene Heloise (USA), Meg Hitchcock (USA), Justine Khamara (Australia), Kyong Ae Kim (USA), Will Kurtz (USA), Lauren Kussro (USA), Cal Lane (Canada), Bovey Lee (USA), Simone Lourenco (USA), Karen Margolis (USA), Stefana McClure (USA), Chris Natrop (USA), Amy Oates (USA), Francesa Pastine (USA), Irène Pijoan (1953-2004), Nikki Rosato (USA), Donna Ruff (USA), Rob Ryan (UK), Lyndi Sales (South Africa), Gabriel Schama (USA), Brian Singer (USA), Andrew Singleton (UK), Xin Song (USA), Jen Stark (USA), Jana Syvänoja (Finland), Yuken Teruya (USA), Kako Ueda (USA), Annie Vought (USA), Mark Wagner (USA), Maude White (USA), Barbara Wildenboer (South Africa), Ty Zemelsky (USA)

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

RECENT
EXHIBITION:
With Liberty and Justice for Some @ Walter Maciel Gallery

Portrait of John Muir Chris Natrop 2017

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Monday, December 12, 2016

RECENT
Billboard @
Hollywood & Normandie, L.A.

Thank you Mona Kuhn and The Billboard Creative !

Chris Natrop Billboard, Hollywood & Normandie, Los Angeles 2016

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

RECENT
VIDEO:
Silver Sun Supernova

artist documentary by Chris Natrop | 4:10 | 1080p | 2016
GO TO VIDEO PAGE

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Artist Reception
Thurs, Nov 10 | 6-9
@ Cooper Design Space

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WHAT reception for Silver Sun Supernova, a site-specific installation by artist Chris Natrop
WHERE Cooper Design Space |  860 South Los Angeles Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHEN Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6-9PM
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Made of hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, glitter, video projection, and audio, Silver Sun Supernova by LA-based artist Chris Natrop reshapes the Cooper Design Space’s lobby into an otherworldly environment.

Silver Sun Supernova (detail) 2016

Made of hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, glitter, video projection, and audio, Silver Sun Supernova by LA-based artist Chris Natrop reshapes the Cooper Design Space’s lobby into an otherworldly environment.

Swaths of intricately hand-cut paper hued with acrylic paint hover inches from the lobby walls of the building’s entryway. The artwork meanders forward as colorful silhouettes dance with protruding columns and peel from the wall to float in space at the lobby’s end. Elements suspended from the ceiling float within a projection of kaleidoscopic geometry encompassing a white-hot nucleus, an unsettled supernova caught in a state of perpetual stasis. The integrated ambient soundscape adds another level of intrigue, producing an unexpected and transformative experience where the passerby becomes a temporary inhabitant of a newly formed world. Silver Sun Supernova imagines an existence of perilous beauty, a turbulent vision turned benevolent.

Chris Natrop counters environmental anxieties by offering utopian constructions of fantastical worlds emerging from post-apocalyptic aftermath. He creates forms in his cut paper works exclusively by using a knife. Immediate cutting decisions allow for serendipitous discovery of ambiguous, silhouetted imagery surfacing as interconnected landscapes. His “paper drawings” are shown as framed works and three-dimensional installations. Silver Sun Supernova will run through January 27, 2017.

Past projects can be seen worldwide in museums, galleries, and various other public spaces with recent local exhibitions at Craft and Folk Art Museum and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Major recent commissions include site-specific works for Facebook’s Playa Vista and Menlo Park locations and the AON Building in DTLA. Natrop works out of the Bendix Artist Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information, please contact Annie Wharton Art Consulting: anniewharton@gmail.com or 323.942.9095 (office)/310.447.8021 (mobile).

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Lobby of Cooper Design Space 2016
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Oct 7, 2016-Feb 6, 2017
INSTALLATION
Silver Sun Supernova
@ Cooper Design Space

Come see, stroll through, stay awhile. The Cooper Design Space’s lobby has been transformed into a fantastical, otherworldly environment open the the public.

Cooper Design Space lobby by Chris Natrop 2016

Silver Sun Supernova is a site-specific installation by artist Chris Natrop.

Made of hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, glitter, video projection, and audio, this multifaceted work reshapes Cooper Design Space’s classic lobby space into a fantastical, otherworldly environment. The artist hopes to engage the public’s sense of wonder by providing this unexpected and transformative experience.

Chris Natrop, considered a cut paper installation artist, creates his work freeform and exclusively with a knife. His cut paper drawings are applied as framed works or utilized within three-dimensional installations. Past projects can be seen worldwide in museums, galleries, and various other public spaces. Natrop works out of the Bendix Artist Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

Custom framing provided by Finishing Concepts

Please contact Annie Wharton Art Consulting for sales inquiries:
323.942.9095 or anniewharton@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Silver Sun Afterglow
@ Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco

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CHRIS NATROP  
SILVER SUN AFTERGLOW

July 2 to August 20, 2016 
Artist Reception – Saturday, July 2, 6pm to 8pm

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm
nancy@nancytoomeyfineart.com 415-307-9038

Nancy Toomey Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Chris Natrop entitled Silver Sun Afterglow. The exhibition runs July 2 to August 20, 2016, at Nancy Toomey Fine Art, 1275 Minnesota Street, in San Francisco. The public is invited to the artist reception on Saturday, July 2, from 6pm to 8pm. Join the event page here.

After firmly establishing himself in the art scene in San Francisco with exhibitions at notable museums, galleries, and art centers, Chris Natrop moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He now brings his exquisite hand-cut paper installations back to San Francisco for his first solo exhibition at Nancy Toomey Fine Art. 

As working with paper reaches its heyday in the art world, Natrop has proved himself a forerunner of the medium. He began cutting paper in 2001, after he was dissatisfied with a charcoal drawing he was working on. He began to cut the drawing apart directly on the wall, using a crude box-cutting knife which today remains his tool of choice. Executed free-form and exclusively with a knife, his process has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique that has continued to evolve and develop. The methodical, repetitive unintentionality of his drawing process results in color washed paper forms that appear at once ethereal and organically chaotic. Shifting forms of pattern, shadow, and silhouette intertwine to become complex, unified landscapes. Agility and innovation combine to create delicate images of flora and fauna that immerse the viewer in a world wholly imagined yet entirely specific. 

In Silver Sun Afterglow, Natrop transforms the gallery using hand cut paper with a range of painting color patterns and effects. These intricately cut paper silhouettes are a hybrid of natural and synthetic form–a loosely-faceted environment evolving within a fantastical trajectory. This exhibition responds to his obsession with post-apocalyptic sentiments, specifically his current disillusionment with water resources. The installation will take shape through an array of cut-paper formations: various ceiling-hung conglomerations, site-specific wall reliefs, and interrelated framed works. In his words, “Silver Sun Afterglow is an irrepressible tangle of life, a hybrid-world twisting and clinging to its sterile confines, a fractured landscape in the natural process of reconfiguration.”

Born in 1967 in Milwaukee, Chris Natrop grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin and relocated to California after receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. After receiving his BFA in Chicago he was an affiliate artist at the Headland Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. He has shown his work throughout the US and Europe and has recently completed a series of commissioned public sculptures in Dubai, China, Houston, and Los Angeles. In 2012 Natrop installed a temporary work in Terminal One of the Los Angeles International Airport, which was housed in an 18 foot glass case. In 2016 he completed site specific works for Facebook’s Playa Vista and Menlo Park campuses. Natrop is a recipient of several awards, including the Pulse Prize at Pulse New York, and is included in numerous public and private collections. 

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm

nancy@nancytoomeyfineart.com 
415-307-9038

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