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September 3, 2013

The Maxwell Library will open Emmanuel Jose's "Clipped Wings" Exhibition on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Jose decided to use his longtime fascination with playing cards to set a personal challenge: create a single giant paper-cut card each week. This challenge was done using traditional paper-cutting techniques and transformed the suites and pips of a standard deck into an imaginative display of our favorite birds. Cockatoos, pelicans and songbirds each have been rendered into the Jack of Clubs, the Three of Spades and the Two of Diamonds. Jose imaginatively plays with the adage of why a chicken crosses the road, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner setting and the art of origami. His works are in numerical order, ace through king. Add two jokers and a back design and each deck involves 55 pieces of art. Jose uses scissors and an X-ACTO knife to cut all the elements by hand, mounting them on the cards with precise detail. Each card measures 24 x 17 inches. "Clipped Wings" will be on display through Jan. 9. The exhibition was organized by the Wallace L. Anderson Gallery.