Creations are Numberless, I Vow to Free Them is a solo exhibition of Michael Velliquette’s innovative work with the medium of paper sculpture.
David Shelton Gallery, Houston
October 23 - December 19, 2020
Velliquette redefines the unassuming nature of paper by constructing objects that convey strength, intent, and durability, but which also require conscious observation and care. They are at once abstract layers and shapes made from colored paper, and also structures that from one moment to the next suggest fortress-like constructions, tiered mandalas, or complex mechanical gears. Cut exclusively and assembled by hand, Velliquette’s works can take up to 500 hours to complete.
In Michael Velliquette’s recent series of paper cuts, composed of single sheets of paper, carefully sliced and folded, the artist emphasizes the physics of light, and the way a simple fold, lifted at a variety of angles from the surface, reveals myriad shadows, forms, and openings. Like his larger constructions, the paper cut works retain a mandala-like quality, as if carved in relief on a panel of a door or a box. Where the more built-up sculptures capitalize on the material’s strength, flexibility, and capacity to be easily molded, the paper cuts are pared down, vulnerable, fleshy in comparison. Thus we are invited to consider the surface and material thinness of the paper itself, where every detail of every incision is distinguishable, and there’s little telling what mysteries lie beyond.
David Shelton Gallery
4411 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Creations are Numberless, I Vow to Free Them is the catalog for Michael Velliquette's 2020 solo exhibition at the David Shelton Gallery of his innovative work with the medium of paper sculpture. Velliquette redefines the unassuming nature of paper by constructing objects that convey strength, intent, and durability, but which also require conscious observation and care. Cut exclusively and assembled by hand, Velliquette's works can take up to 500 hours to complete.
46 page, softcover, full color
Introduction by Kate Mothes
Essays by Anthony Lovenheim Irwin & Wendy Weil Atwell
Intricate Paper Sculpture
Michael Velliquette, Instructor
January 9 & 16, 2021 4:00-6:00p.m. ET
Using the component qualities of surface, shape and edge as a starting point, students will construct an elaborate and intricate sculptural form made entirely from paper. Participants will investigate traditional paper-crafting techniques and integrate them with wholly unique methods they discover. Velliquette will also share tips and techniques based on his own work.
Students should have confidence with cutting paper with a pair of straight edge scissors. More advanced skills would include confidence with the use of an xacto knife, but not necessary.
Photographer Eric Baillies has been producing a variety of prints from Michael Velliquette's paper cuts, using wet collodion negatives. To see more of his work and other prints he has made from Velliquette's paper cuts check out his Instagram page here.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
June 16 - July 12, 2020
101 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Artists include Gunjan Aylawadi, Roberto Benavidez, Ashley Chiang, Jaynie Crimmins, Brian Dettmer, John Ed De Vera, Amy Genser, Rich Gray, Judith + Rolfe, Nikki McClure, Tiffany Miller Russell, Matthew Shlian, Eric Standley, Michael Velliquette and Nancy Winn.
Michael Velliquette was commissioned by Urban Land Interests to create a site-specific work for a commercial window space along Madison's iconic State Street. Titled "Inner Gateway", the piece is a hand-cut paper installation made with a reflective mirror board, meant to both attract and reflect viewers at one of the city's most heavily trafficked corners.
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The artists are: Jennifer Angus • Emily Arthur • Spatula & Barcode • Derrick Buisch • Anna Campbell • Jill H. Casid • Anthony Cerulli • Li Chiao-Ping • Marianne Fairbanks • Sarah FitzSimons • Aristotle Georgiades • Lisa Gralnick • Stephen Hilyard • John Hitchcock • Tomiko Jones • Jean Laurenz • Helen Lee • Myszka Lewis • Tom Loeser • Caroline Niziolek • Darcy Padilla • Jason Ruhl • Fred Stonehouse • Michael Velliquette • Tony Wise • Thomas Zickuhr
Michael Velliquette's work in dialogue with Rudolf de Crignis and Louise Nevelson, in the Chazen Museum Collection.