Patrick Neal reviews Rough Cut at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, curated by Jennifer Samet and Elizabeth Hazan, on view through February 7, 2015. The show features works by Alexi Worth, Amy Park, Bryan Osburn, Carrie Moyer, Elizabeth Hazan, Jennifer Sirey, Sangram Majumdar, and Trevor Winkfield.
Neal writes that the exhibition "pairs artworks with the preliminary collages from which they are derived... the artists in Rough Cut demonstrate the degree to which collage can act as a conceptual and formal progenitor for a painting or sculpture. Despite its simplicity, collage as a device can influence the mechanical and philosophical bearings of an artwork. Making good on this premise, there are a range of disciplines orbiting around Rough Cut that underscore the hybrid nature of so much art-making today, everything from architecture, cartography, textiles, and theater to social media, photography, and graphic design."