Seeing Topographies: How to Make a 2-D Image into 3-D by Cutting & Stacking

Join artist and instructor Golnar Adili in this two-day workshop where students will transform 2-D images into 3-D explorations.

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

Tuesday, September 15, 6-8pm EDT

Tuesday, September 22, 6-8pm EDT

In this two-day course, students will examine the different ways in which a 2-D Image can become 3-D through cutting, extrusion and stacking. The instructor will demonstrate how to demarcate cut-lines similar to the way map-maker think of topography and architects build landscape models. The instructor will also introduce the class to symmetrical structures and stacking the fragments and movement through the image. Deconstruction and Reconstruction lies at the heart of this class.

In the first class students will learn topographical drawing, cutting and stacking resulting in two models (positive and negative). The instructor will instruct orthogonal shapes and move to organic ones.

In the second class, students will use a patterned paper or an image to translate to 3-D, and modify the chosen pattern to the scale and image of the piece.

There are 12 spots open in this workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Students should have the following materials:

– Exacto knife

– Straight edge

– Cutting mat

– Museum board (2ply and 4 ply), cardboard, or foam core for giving depth to the topography

– Ph-free glue

– A printed image

About the Instructor:

Adili was born in Virginia, and moved to Iran when she was four. She holds a Masters degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Thesis Award and was the recipient of the Booth Traveling Fellowship to Tehran in 2006. She has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony (NH), Ucross Foundation for the Arts (WY), Lower East Side Printshop, Guttenberg Arts, the Center for Book Arts (NY), Women’s Studio Workshop, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include: Nurture Art, Brooklyn, Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, Cue Art Foundation (NY), International Print Center NY, and the Lower East Side Printshop (NY). Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, Puffin Foundation Grant, and the Urban Artist Initiative grant. Golnar is currently a scholarship recipient at Manhattan Graphics Center (NY).

All images courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.