Thursday, June 17, 2010

Artwork: Single Sheet Of Paper

From the Artist, Peter Calessen



My paper works have been based around an exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensionality. I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a 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 also an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts. Some of the small paper cuts relate to a universe of fairy tales and romanticism, as for instance Impenetrable Castle inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier, in which a tin soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina, living in a paper castle. Other paper cuts are small dramas in which small figures are lost within and threatened by the huge powerful nature. Others again are turning the inside out, or letting the front and the back of the paper meet – dealing with impossibility, illusions, and reflections.


I find the A4 sheet of paper interesting to work with, because it is probably the most common and consumed media and format for carrying information today, and in that sense it is something very loaded. This means that we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By removing all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white 80gsm A4 paper as a base for my creations, I feel that I have found a material which we all are able to relate to, and at the same time is non-loaded and neutral and therefore easier to fill with different meanings. The thin white paper also gives the paper sculptures a fragility which underlines the tragic and romantic theme of the works.



In video form...



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33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is my skills!

Anonymous said...

Mine looks like a crumpled up piece of paper when I'm done!

Anonymous said...

That's effing nuts!!! So cool!

Anonymous said...

i've never been one to find deep meanings in art, or really be that impressed by it really (it's nice to look at but a little expensive for my taste haha) but to be honest i was totally blown away by this, you're very talented my friend

Anonymous said...

Hah. I love the fenced-in footholes. Very human.

Dre said...

Excellent!! Truly remarkable.

Anonymous said...

wow.......just wow

Nikita Hengbok said...

Wow! These are awesome.

Anonymous said...

That style in a far more impressive video form:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBec95Mv8G8

:D

Anonymous said...

Set them on fire

Cathie Joy Young said...

wow - absolutely fabulous. I love the description as well.

Anonymous said...

wow these are so awesome, if i ever tried this it would turn out worse than a BP oil rig. you got mad skill.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work. Inspiring. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing, inspiring, gorgeous and GENIUS work, please continue, it must be so time consuming and meticulous but my goodness, what a result!

Anonymous said...

So so so very jealous :) keep it up, you got a Talent!!! <3 Please keep it up! Please?

Anonymous said...

Amazing artwork. Thx for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Takes one's breath away, the detail...and humor. Wonderful.

Anonymous said...

The time....my god...the time.

Anonymous said...

Folding at its best! But can you fold this?

Anonymous said...

omfg this blew my mind. at first i was like no way thats a single sheet per piece. you are amazing keep it up this is such a unique form of art and you are incredible

Anonymous said...

what kind of paper do you use?

Anonymous said...

inspirational.

Roxanne Ducharme said...

Truly amazing!

Anonymous said...

Honestly, i would love to know how you get the shapes to come together like that. Even the back portions where there once was paper has a meaning with it. They are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You said
"My paper works have been based around an exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensionality. I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process – or maybe one could call it obvious magic. . ."

When this is one way the higher dimensions in string theory are said to exist- by folding one dimension into itself. Think about it. You fold the 1st dimension (a line) into itself to create something 2-D. You can take something 2-D like paper and fold it into the 3rd dimension... and so on.

daisylover said...

Truly AMAZING!

Mr.Loto said...

True works of art, my compliments. :-)

Anonymous said...

This is truly a unique form of art. Very awesome!!

Anonymous said...

THIS IS SO AMAZING, ITS LIKE ORIGAMI ON STEROIDS.
IT'S SOOO BEAUTIFUL AND UNEXPECTED. YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL MIND AND IMAGINATION, NEVER EVER EVER
LET THAT GO. KEEP DOING THIS LEVEL OF ART AND YOU'LL CERTAINLY NEVER GO UN-NOTICED.
HAVE ANY OTHER COMPLETELY NEW ARTFORMS TO SHARE?
I MEAN IF YOU CAN DO THIS W/ONE SHEET OF PAPER...
WHAT IF YOU GOT YOUR HANDS ON A PEN OR SOMETHING.
MAN THIS IS COOL

Anonymous said...

The dude abides!

Anonymous said...

Completely and totally amazing

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! You are truly talented. Please keep it up. :)

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