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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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What can you do With Scissors and Glue?

Initially when I started reading about the Cut/Copy/Paste exhibition at Beers Contemporary Art Gallery, I was expecting some kind of digital related work. These three words have become so synonymous with computer commands that I had practically forgotten that there is still the old fashioned method of scissors and glue.

Open until the 27th September, visitors are free to explore the work of three American artists, who are focussing on contemporary collage, and testing the boundaries of where you can go. There is really no defining answer to this, because the possibilities are endless. You can cut out practically any image and then recreate it, which is why although all three are working in the same medium, they have all come up with distinctly different pieces.

Frank Day uses photography for his 'Ship Hulls' series, which have been digitally manipulated to resemble oil paintings. Michael Mapes has cut up portraits of seventh century Dutch Masters, then reconstructed them, a bit like putting together a puzzle - but not necessarily get all the pieces in the right place. My favourite, however, is the work of Brian Porray, whose collages a spectrum of geometric colours, which create depth, and a range of moods.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 27th Sept
Phone: 44(0)2075029078
Where: Beers Contemporary
Cost: Free
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