A 20-foot collage displayed at Proto Gallery <em>(Photo: Nick De Pirro)</em>
A 20-foot collage displayed at Proto Gallery (Photo: Nick De Pirro)

Exhibits feature Raymond Saá Stein’s sewn paper collages.

April 2017 – Visitors to galleries in New York City and Hoboken can see artwork created by Drew University’s Raymond Saá Stein.

At Drew since 2001
At Drew since 2001

Saá Stein, who last year installed art a New York City public school, is displaying sewn paper collages at Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York City and the Proto Gallery in Hoboken. The exhibits will remain up through mid-May. (see dates below).

Saá Stein’s collages consist of hand-painted paper that is cut into shapes and then sewn together. He also incorporates charcoal drawings.

“The work is very process-oriented,” said Saá Stein, an art professor at Drew. “I may spend days coloring paper, other days simply cutting random shapes, with the X-Acto blade performing as a drawing implement.”

Once he finds a group of colored shapes that appeals to him, Saá Stein assembles them with a sewing machine onto cards of paper. He refers to each piece as a postcard, as they’re about the same size.

When developing colleges, Saá Stein feels more like a builder than a painter. In particular, he enjoys creating something entirely new from laying different shapes on top of each other. Here’s a closer look at some of his collages, which are untitled.


The exhibits

“In the Project Room: Raymond Saá”

Margaret Thatcher Projects, 539 W. 23rd St., New York
April 6-May 13

“Flip Ya Lid”

Proto Gallery, 66 Willow Ave., Hoboken
April 8-May 14