With a surprise morning visit from art critic, Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle, our casual yet complex conversation about Michael’s work led to a brilliant review of BYE, BYE, BIRDIE.
“Stuff piles up in everyone’s life and memory, but few, even among collage makers, can reorder it as artfully as Berkeleyan Michael Cutlip. A show of his recent work fills to bursting the tiny K. Imperial Fine Art space.Collage does not go obsolete because we, in cities especially, cannot avoid seeing reality by bits and pieces, in remnants and flashes of novelty.The trick for the collage artist is not only to gather material with creative nerve endings exposed but to assemble it in ways true to our experience of perpetually interrupted observation and recall.Cutlip’s “One More Time” (2008-14) shows all his skills in play: decisions hop-scotching across six panels, nimble jumps between levels of detail that yo-yo the viewer’s focal distance, blasts of ciphers that turn seeing into reading and back again. “
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Michael Cutlip, One More Time, 40 x 60 inches, mixed media on panel, 2008-2014