Rex Amos: Scissor Cuts

June 16 – August 12, 2012

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Rex Amos was an unruly member of the Portland avant garde in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years, he and his wife Diane have lived quietly on the Oregon Coast, where he makes intricate collages based on precisely cut components from vintage magazines, old posters and other random materials.

While some collage artists such as Eunice Parsons tear their papers, Amos is a “scissors” man. He is a remarkably skilled cutter, able to trim and cut complex edges with great precision and to piece the cut forms together into imagery that is exotic, art historical, erotic, and at times, political.

A small exhibition of Amos’ collages will open June 16 and continue through Aug. 12, 2012, in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center. Organized by Roger Hull, professor emeritus of art history and senior faculty curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the exhibition will feature a range of Amos’ collages drawn from the artist’s collection. A full-color, tri-fold brochure written by Hull will accompany the exhibition.

Rex Amos: Scissor Cuts has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Parts of this exhibition contains mature content.

Rex Amos, "Ain't We Got Fun," 1995

Rex Amos, "Ain't We Got Fun," 1995

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