Monday, September 3, 2012

Rebel Spies

Rebel Spies by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik
"Rebel Spies" — one of the new papercuts I'll be featuring in my upcoming show, which opens this Sunday (click the image to see it larger).

"Rebel Spies" is based on Shelach Lecha in the Torah (Numbers 13:1–15:41). Moses sends spies to scout out the Land of Canaan, and they return with stories of giants who live there and clusters of grapes so large it takes two men to carry them. The story is a contrast between those who fear going into the land, and those who have faith that with God they will succeed. The papercut includes cut-up Star Wars comics, with characters and speech bubbles that complement the biblical story. So yeah, that is Princess Leia in one of the grapes.*

The opening reception for my next show — where you can see this new papercut in the flesh, as it were — is Sunday, September 9, at the Osher Marin JCC; details here. The show will be open through the end of November, but I'll be posting a catalog on my blog later this week, in case you can't make it in person.


*Are you curious about the comics that get cut up when I make my papercuts? Here's what's included in "Rebel Spies":
  • Star Wars #3, #68, #70 (Marvel) – Sep 1977, Feb & Apr 1983
  • Star Wars #17, #18, #30 (Dark Horse) – Apr & May 2000, May 2001
  • Star Wars: Jedi Council #3 of 4 (DH) – Aug 2000
  • Star Wars Crimson Empire II #3 of 6 (DH) – Jan 1999)
  • Star Wars Empire #34 (DH) – Jul 2005
  • Star Wars Jedi: The Dark Side #3 (DH) – Jul 2011
  • Star Wars Legacy #15 (DH) – Aug 2007
  • Star Wars Rebellion #5 & #15 (DH) – Aug 2006 & Jul 2008
  • “The Grand Canyon” (National Geographic) – Jul 1978