Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork, and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama, 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
In a celebration of both cut-paper artwork and small-town manufacturing, Factory Made utilizes a 140-year-old French Paper Company’s own renowned paper stock to give viewers a rare glimpse into the operations of one of the last independently owned paper mills in America.
According to the exhibition press release:
“The subject matter is of particular resonance to Hambouz, who grew up within a mile of the factory and began investigating it as a means of reconnecting with his hometown following the death of his mother in 2012. Emotionally and creatively drained, Hambouz found artistic inspiration in the factory and its paper—providing a point of departure from his previous works in acrylic paint. The resulting compositions are dynamic, abstract representations of the factory setting that celebrate small town manufacturing and a geographical sense of home.”
Hambouz has exhibited work at numbers NYC venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pratt Institute, Fountain Art Fair. His other artistic endeavors include hand-painting promotional ad campaigns for Showtime’s Dexter and Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. And while working on the Factory Made series, Hambouz created a cut-paper portrait of Robin Williams that was recognized by VICE Magazine for its excellence.
Michael Hambouz: Factory Made
1133 Avenue of The Americas (between 43rd and 44th Streets), Lobby Gallery
Free and Open to the Public
On View: September 10-November 21, 2014
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM-7 PM
RSVP: Required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
And after you’ve seen Factory Made, make a day of cut-paper artwork by heading down the street to the Museum of Modern Art, where the blockbuster show Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display until February 8, 2015.