DISINTEGRATING SCULPTURES BY YUICHI IKEHATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yuichi Ikehata is an artist born and based in Chiba, Japan. In a series titled “Fragment of Long Term Memory”, Ikehata sculpts human bodies or body parts using wire, clay, and paper. Next, he photographs the sculpture and digitally adds in skin, hair, eyes, and other features. The final image is so seamless that the viewer cannot tell what is real and what is not. Each sculpture is frozen in a state of unravelling or partial decomposition, their skin flaking off to reveal the structure beneath, as if they were real bodies caught at the edge of an explosion.

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BIOMORPHIC ABSTRACTIONS BY TOREY THORNTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based painter Torey Thornton creates abstract, crudely rendered forms to explore the picture plane as both a spatial field and a medium for conjuring images and sensibilities. Thornton rejects the canvas, instead preferring the textural possibilities of paper, found wood, and slatted panels, all of which serve as the grounds for spray and acrylic paint, as well as collaged objects. His paintings exhibit various influences, from color field and monochrome painting to biomorphic abstractions. Certain elements suggest recognizable forms—cars, the sun—while others are more cryptic, such as the repeated appearance of perpendicular lines.

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MINIATURE CITIES BY AYUMI SHIBATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Ayumi Shibata imagines delicate paper cities, entirely cut out by hand and installed into glass containers. She uses traditional methods of Japanese paper cutting to create miniature cities within vessels of glass. Her chosen materials reference the delicate relationship humans have with our environment and natural forces of our world.

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KINETIC PAPER SCULPTURES BY MATT SHLIAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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As a paper engineer, Matt Shlian‘s work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifests in drawing and three dimensional forms. He uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculptures which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan.

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They work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. Their investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; Shlian sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration.

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PAPERWORKS BY ZIM AND ZOU

by Ariadna Zierold
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Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. They studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) during three years. The duo decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc. rolling away from computer design.
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Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Their favorite material is the paper they’re manipulating to give rise to intricate and colorful sculptures. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat paper sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material.
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PAPER TAPESTRIES BY GUNJAN AYLAWADI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gunjan Aylawadi is a self taught visual artist and a qualified computer science engineer and industrial designer. Born in New Delhi, India, she now lives and works in Sydney. Through her unique and intricate, paper tapestry technique, she explores the intersection between craft traditions, sensory pleasures she experienced growing up and the new culture she finds herself in now.

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Crafting thoughtful mosaics out of personal reflections, she creates works with simple materials and processes that are as important as the end result – illustrating the quiet power of slowing down and a thoughtful absorption of our environments.

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ISOMETRIC EPIC BY DAVID JIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.

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Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.

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CURRENCY COLLAGES BY RODRIGO TORRES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brazilian artist Rodrigo Torres creates intricate collages by combining bank notes collected from around the world. Torres’ delicate creations make full use of the rich colors that adorn different countries’ currency.

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To the artist, the mixing of currency from different countries as simple as mixing color palettes and textures, but the resulting art works can be read as a commentary on the mixing of cultures and economies, each united by the power of money.

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