Wednesday, October 25, 2006

2D+1D = Folly

There's a bandwidth intensive email sweeping the nation (at least its sweeping my inbox) -- and you may have already received it from your most artsy-fartsy friend or friends. But Howard wants to be the first blogger to post it to his blog.

The photos of the email show a series of cut paper sculptures.

Big deal, you say? Well, consider this: All the three-dimensional objects depicted are formed and folded directly from scraps and cuttings from a single sheet of paper, sort of like origami, yet so much more. And often the sculptural objects are integral to the void left in the sheet of paper. Positive and negative creating something new.

Some of these sculptures are so divinely simple that you may kick yourself for not thinking of them first yourselves. Much like Howard, who kicks himself a lot. A LOT!

And some of the sculptures are so complex, mind-boggling, and expansive that you won't believe that they came from such simple cuts in the sheet of paper.

Howard's favorite is at the top -- the skeleton sitting on a chair (Rodan's The Thinker) pondering the human form that he/she/it once was.

As usual, you can click on any of these photos to see much larger versions of same.

The artist is Danish and his name is Peter Callesen. He has this to say about these objects:
I find the materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form as an almost magic process - or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is as well an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts.
Peter Callesen's website begins here.



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