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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INTERPRETATION OF SPACE BY KATIE GRINNAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Katie Grinnan uses sculpture, photography, sound, and video to explore the relationship between our visual and kinesthetic experience and our resulting interpretation of space.

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Grinnan’s most recent work reflects the search for structure and form within complex systems such as the brain and the universe that resist resolution and are largely speculative. It is the alchemical, yet paradoxical relationship between actual experience and our interpretations that has become the underlying focus of her work.

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LIFE OF GRASS BY MATHILDE ROUSSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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French artist Mathilde Roussel’s sculptures are conceived like living organisms. During her creation process, Roussel progressively gives up control over the materials she uses by letting them find their own form of existence. She selects mediums that are both fragile and resistant: paper pulp, graphite powder, incised rubber or plants. This choice allows her to explore unstable forms and observe their continuous mutation.

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Mathilde is interested in the intimate link that connects the skeleton to  our muscle structure — allowing us to challenge gravity. Standing requires the collaboration of an infinite number of body parts that constantly adjust our balance according to the movement we operate. Through incision, opening, recovering and suspension, the artist forces the forms she produces to find their place in space, thus expressing and revealing the movement they contain in themselves. The sculptures oscillate until they find their pivotal point.

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WOODEN WIREFRAME SCULPTURES OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS

by Ariadna Zierold

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With little more than thin wooden dowels and a bit of glue, German artist Janusz Grünspek creates scale replicas of everyday objects with little more than thin wooden dowels and a bit of glue, that from a distance appear like line drawings.

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Dining room tables, power tools, an MacBook, and even a candle chandelier are formed from delicately cut and bent wooden pieces that mimic the form of digitally-rendered wireframes.The series is called Zeichnungen im Raum (Drawings in Space) and that’s actually describing them pretty well.

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