Local artist’s papercutting art on display at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Above: Portraits "Young Me" (left) and "Lewes, DE," (right) are among the works on display by artist Dan Landau in the "Cutting Edge Art: Papercut Portraits" exhibit in FDU's Florham Campus Library.
MADISON, N.J. (December 8, 2016) — The intricate papercutting artwork of Dan Landau is on display at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus Library for the entire months of December and January. Called “Cutting Edge Art: Papercut Portraits,” the exhibit is free and open to the public.
Combining the art disciplines of drawing and papercutting, Landau creates detailed artworks by drawing on paper roadmaps and then cutting out the empty spaces around the drawing and the roads with a craft knife.
“I draw on maps because for me, maps are a perfect metaphor for connection and exploration. Roads take us places and connect us to others and I want my art to do the same,” says Landau. “To me, art is about exploration and venturing to different places in your mind and the consequent development of new ideas that travel—both literal and metaphorical—brings.”
Above: Landau's papercuts of two of FDU's campuses. On the left is a map of the Florham Campus and its main building, Hennessy Hall. On the right, is a map of Wroxton, England, and the main building of Wroxton College, Wroxton Abbey.
“I like the way that roads and bodies of water obscure details in my drawings. It forces you to use your imagination and think ‘what's behind the road that I can't see?’ And if you think that, then you'll start down the road in your mind on a journey of your own,” continues Landau.
Landau is a self-taught papercutting artist from Bridgewater, N.J. Focusing primarily on portraits, his work is characterized by painstaking attention to detail that is balanced with the broad strokes of emotion present in each piece. See more of Landau’s art and creation process on his Instagram page: @danlandauart.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. The library is open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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