Paper Cuts debuts a new series of works by Jacquelyn Gleisner at Middlesex Community College's Pegasus Gallery and the Niche Space. The show's title, defined as a wound caused by a piece of paper, connects to the concept of Gleisner's current body of work which is centered on the—sometimes cutting—meaning of words. Each work contains one word—shrill, nag, and floozy, for example—that has been drawn or painted in a way that correlates to the artist's subjective interpretation of the word. “Floozy,” drawn in a loose curlicue script, has scalloped edges and is repeated and pasted into a decorative latticework. From this drawing, numerous layers of colorful laser-cut papers and mat board are glued together, creating an intricate mass where letters and sometimes full words emerge. These works call attention to pejorative or unfavorable applications and undertones of specific words. The words are sometimes hidden, but their appearances—deceptively decorative—begin to engender new connotations.
Alongside this series, one of Gleisner’s Scrolls will also be on view. The scrolls are based on patterns that mimic weavings and other forms of handiwork and represent a harmony of opposites—a union of aesthetic traditions rooted in both craft and fine art contexts with references to tropes in abstract painting, especially from the 1960s and 1970s. Explicitly created on paper—a material structure that is accessible yet fragile—these scrolls are photographed in natural and constructed environments. Inside a parking garage or on a bed of snow, the scrolls become interwoven in a community and a specific setting, presenting alternative narratives about how paintings exist in this world.
Gleisner is a 2010 Fulbright Grant recipient. She studied fine art and art history at Boston University and received her MFA from the painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2018, she founded Connecticut Art Review, an online writing platform for the visual arts within the state.
See more of her work at jacquelyngleisner.com and connecticutartreview.com.
Image: Jacquelyn Gleisner, Scroll XI (2019). Acrylic paint on paper, 48 by 198 inches.
Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall, Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Niche is in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office., Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
For more information please contact: Matthew Weber, Art Curator