Jukhee Kwon at Ierimonte Gallery

Italy-based Korean sculptor Jukhee Kwon gets a lot out of books, specifically paper sculptures created by slicing into volumes in geometric patterns that cause pages to descend to the ground or explode outwards. Here, a New Testament morphs into ‘Campana’ (bell), a gravity-defying cascade of a delicate form. (On view at Ierimonte Gallery on the Lower East Side through March 16th).

Jukhee Kwon, Campana, mixed media, 11 13/16 x 13 37/48 inch, 2017.

Hiroshi Senju at Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Sublime images of cliff faces by Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju (as seen here in detail) begin as mulberry washi paper, sourced from a specialist paper maker who can only make the paper in winter. After creating texture by hand-rumpling the large paper sheets, Senju uses handmade brushes and natural and synthetic pigments to render the natural world as apparition. (On view at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea through Jan 13th).

Hiroshi Senju, detail of At World’s End #11, acrylic and natural pigments on Japanese mulberry paper mounted on board, 63.8 x 51.3 inches, 2017.

Maria Berrio at Praxis International Art

Young Columbian artist Maria Berrio envisions harmony between humans and nature in richly patterned Japanese paper collages that delight the senses. In this detail, a lush landscape is setting to a thoughtful folkloric character perfectly at home as human and monkey habitat merge. (On view at Praxis International Art in Chelsea through Oct 28th).

Maria Berrio, (detail of )The Demiurge, collage with Japanese paper and watercolor on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, 2016.

Nathalie Boutte at Yossi Milo Gallery

French artist Nathalie Boutte captures the allure of the unknown past in her collage recreations of 19th century daguerreotypes and historical photos. Here, Boutte remakes Seydou Keita’s well-known 1958 portrait of a hip young Malian man using strips of paper covered with varying amounts of text. The effect (seen here in detail) is to blur Keita’s sharply clear image, suggesting that the passage of time diminishes the potential to see the subject clearly. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Oct 21st).

Nathalie Boutte, (detail of) Jeune homme a la fleur rouge, collage of Japanese paper, ink, 29 3/8 x 18 inches, unique, 2016.

Mark Bradford at Hauser & Wirth Gallery

LA artist Mark Bradford takes full advantage of his new affiliation with Hauser & Wirth Gallery and their huge gallery space with this piece, titled ‘Waterfall.’ Bradford is known for embedding cords and other materials in his paper-on-canvas artworks; here, he has pulled thick cords away from his ‘paintings,’ bringing the paper with them. Hung over a rafter, the cascade gives new life to action painting. (In Chelsea through Dec 23rd).

 Mark Bradford, Waterfall, mixed media, dimensions variable, 2015.