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Art professor's "paperwork" on display at Customs House Museum

November 5, 2001

Tiny houses complete with wind-blown curtains and stacks of mail. A pay phone reproduced so well that museum patrons check the change slot for coins. A life-size human circulatory system with every vein and capillary delineated.

Art professor Kell Black's "Paperworks," on display at the Customs House Museum "will populate your dreams for weeks to come," says "Leaf Chronicle" writer Stacy Segovia.

The pieces range from simple to unbelievably complex, a range Black explains by saying beauty and elegance are sometimes achieved by simplifying and sometimes by pointing out complexity.

Black labored over the pieces with a knife for four or five hours a day, five days a week throughout the summer, calling the work "meditative" and "a joy."

"I would wake up and say, okay, it's 7 o'clock. That means in five hours I get to cut paper," he told Segovia.

"Paperworks" is on display at the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday through the end of November.

Cost for adults is $3; children 6 to 18 , $1; 6 and under, free. Sunday admission is free.

Black will discuss his work on Nashville Public Radio station WPLN (90.3) at 6:35 and 8:35 a.m., Monday, Nov. 5, during Morning Edition. The interview also will be available all month on the WPLN homepage at