Upcoming exhibitions at Culver City art gallery Taylor De Cordoba bring two exciting LA artists into the spotlight.
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HEATHER TAYLOR: What can we expect of your upcoming show at Taylor De Cordoba?
CHRIS NATROP: Since the gallery is petite, I have the opportunity to create an installation with a level of density that is hard to achieve in larger venues. I’ll use a plethora of hand-cut hanging paper pieces to completely transform the space.
How long have you been “cutting,” and how did you arrive at it as your preferred method of making art?
I first began cutting paper in 2001 after I was dissatisfied with a charcoal drawing I was working on. I had this urge to cut the thing apart, so I grabbed a knife and began cutting the drawing while it hung on my wall. I consider my process “drawing with a knife” and find it extremely satisfying.
What about LA inspires your work?
There is a wonderful collision between the urban and natural worlds happening here, and nature seems to be continually battling for a foothold in the concrete. That raw energy certainly permeates my work, making it more frenetic.
Any exciting projects on the horizon?
In addition to my show at Taylor De Cordoba, my biggest project to date will also occur in April—when our first baby is due. It will be a marvelous month!