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Factory Made: Abstract Scenes Made from Hand-Cut Paper

Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz’s Factory Made show features scenes of a factory that are made from hand-cut paper stock and collaged together into large-scale, abstracted works. Using paper from independently-owned French Paper Company, Hambouz’s scenes depict the 140-year-old factory where the material is produced giving the viewers a tiny glimpse into the machinery used and the paper production process.

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Each of the 18 works shows a part of the process from one of the last independently-owned paper mills in America. The factory has a connection to Hambouz as he grew up within a mile of it in Niles, Michigan and after the death of his mother in 2012, it fostered new inspiration after being creativity drained.

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Michael Hambouz: Factory Made is on display through November 21st, 2014, courtesy of The Durst Organization and chashama, at the Lobby Gallery at 1133 Avenue of the Americas (between 43rd and 44th Streets), New York City. An artist reception is being held October 2nd from 6 – 8pm and it’s free and open to the public.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.