Carolyn Enz Hack has filled the Castleton Downtown Gallery with sculptures made of paper. The constructions are hanging on the walls, emerging from themselves. The forms Hack makes are cut from paper backgrounds and appear to spring off the surface. Hack makes lines by cutting and bending paper and uses pencil, paint and wire to draw and emphasize her lines. The paint and pencil marks seem organic, but the wire makes a human-made contrast. Hack’s large piece “Ferns” is a good example of this. The plants were painted with watercolor, marked with graphite and ink, released from the paper with a knife. Hack used galvanized wire to emphasize the outline of the ferns and to mark their curling leaf veins. The work invites the viewer to get close and look everywhere in green. “Fossil” is a large horizontal construction featuring a rich painted and drawn background. Coming out of the striated stone and patches of flat leaf moss is an animal skeleton, the vertebrae of which are carved out of the paper revealing the bright yellow underside of it. Hack uses slices of mica to shine the bones a little. Blazing across a gray stone wall, Hack’s piece “Sowing Good Will” surprises and pleases. A riot of chartreuse, yellow and orange, it lights the entire large room with its warmth. A closer look reveals how Hack created this suffusion of tendrils; how she made the paper live and escape from flatness. You should see it. “Brainstorm” is a hemisphere of blue paper ideas mounded on the picture plane: crossing, twisting, twining, and shooting through an implied, constraining sphere. In this case, Hack uses a brass wire with the other steel colored wire, giving the piece electric energy. The bright wires either converge or emerge from a central bunch. Which is it? It needs another look. There are drawings to see in this exhibit as well, and again her drawings show activity and potential energy. “Skull,” a pencil drawing, shows hundreds of human figures folding and bending to comply with the shape of the tooth, jaw, dome of skull; they are the surface of the skull. What would happen if Hack released some of them by cutting the paper? Carolyn Enz Hack has provided Rutland with a fine exhibit. With a quick look a viewer can appreciate the beauty of paper, pencil, paint and wire. But a careful gaze will show fundamental energy waiting to be released. Castleton Downtown Castleton State College presents Carolyn Enz Hack’s “Power and Energy,” though Sept. 20, at the Castleton Downtown Gallery, Center Street Alley in Rutland. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 802-468-1266, or email castletoncollegegalleries@gmail.com.

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