CSU to Host ‘Cut, Shuffle and Draw’ Art Exhibition

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Department of Art presents “Cut, Shuffle and Draw” as its opening exhibition of the new year, Jan. 12-Feb. 13, in the Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus.


A free, public reception is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 in the gallery.

The show features drawing, sculpture and painting by international and nationally respected artists, plus CSU students, “who allude to process by manipulating and creating layers of symbols and meaning on the surface,” said curator Hannah Israel, CSU assistant professor of art.


“The artists infuse appropriated histories, found objects or concepts to create a new language,” Israel said. “Their approaches include collage, silhouette, drawing and assemblage, which enhances the complexity of the imagery. It creates an interesting window or facade for the observer to contemplate.”


One of the artists, Sang-ah Choi, will give a 6 p.m. gallery talk as part of the Jan. 14 reception. The South Korea-born Choi, who works in New York City and Portland, is renowned for blending East and West, kitsch and classical, contemplative and commercial, and plasmic and plastic. She uses glitter, holograms, paint and sumi ink to create swirling, intricate patterns of bubbles, Venuses with cartoon eyes, and Taoist nature symbols for immortality — all interwoven into candy-hued landscapes. The CSU exhibition will feature her drawings, large-scale pop-up paper sculptures and pop-up books.

Other artists in “Cut, Shuffle and Draw” are: • Scott Anderson, whose drawings are noted for enigmatic sci-fi scenarios. His work in the show depicts vignettes of a cryptic alternate world of subterranean sci-fi, landscapes and architectural structures. Anderson confines his drawing space with a commodious sensibility. He is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Stux Gallery in New York City.

• Trenton Doyle Hancock from Houston, whose prints, drawings and felt collage paintings tell the story of “the Mounds,” a group of mythical creatures and tragic protagonists of an unfolding narrative portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures.

• Kara Walker, a contemporary African-American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity. A Columbia University faculty artist in New York City, she is known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes, which work to bridge unfinished folklore in the antebellum South and raise identity and gender issues for African-American women. The CSU exhibition will feature Walker’s book, Freedom, A Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times.

• Carrie Scanga, who lives in Maine and teaches at Bowdoin College and is known for drawings and prints with scenes dense with potential interpretations. Conveying more than just her personal feelings, her images prompts viewers to invoke their own memories and imagining.

• Peter Dudek, whose sculptures are noted for negotiating lines between attraction and repulsion, pain and pleasure, and the vulgar and the sublime with an underlying sense of humor and play. Joining CSU last fall as a resident artist, he collaborated with several CSU students on works that are part of “Cut, Shuffle and Draw.”

Israel said the exhibition’s title and theme represent an analogy of artists and their creative processes to a game of cards. “Play, a hybrid of invention and intuition, resides in how the players decide to use the resources that they have been given,” she said. “The artists in ‘Cut, Shuffle and Draw’ examine the cards that they have been given — cards that express history, allusion, process and material. They play their respective hands with wit and insight, leaving space for viewers to enter the game through subjective visual experience.”

Illges Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p..m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.