Tag Archives: paper art

Cesar Del Valle’s drawings are in their own space… and yours

Hyperrealistic human forms? Check. Clever paper cuts that are more 3D than 2D? Check. But the colliding of the two, creating an illusion that your brain can’t ignore? Well, Cesar Del Valle’s got that one all sewn up. The Columbian artist’s black & white illustrations are photo realistic, adding to the jarring sense that the figures might actually be balancing on a pencil or in front of the wall, rather than on it. We like his self-restraint when it comes to how much the paper is manipulated. Just a string here or a tear there, but for the most part our brains complete the effect. All that empty space on the paper carries a lot of power – it’s characteristically, uh… paperish.


It’s made out of paper!

paper-shirtThis shirt, the Eames chair, that bench – all of these items are made out of paper. Vincent Tomczyk crafts them by hand, creating amazing details and textures that completely disguise the paper, making you think you could wear it or sit on it – the jean shorts even have functioning pockets. As amazing as the clothes are, we kinda get them. It’s the furniture that’s mind-blowing. It has such weight & substance to look at.







Li Hongbo’s incredible, flexible paper sculptures

Li Hongbo skullWe hurried to post today’s discovery because it’s of some truly unique and beautiful work. Beijing artist Li Hongbo makes sculptures our of thousands of layers of soft, white paper. There’s a history in China of traditional decorations called “paper gourds” made from glued layers of paper that lay flat, but can be opened into a shape. Hongbo, whose background includes designing books, began to apply the paper gourd idea to the human form, resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
He recently showed his work at the Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia. Fortunately, the gallery thought to create the videos below, because otherwise the effect of the sculptures are lost in still photos.
Li Hongbo bust

It feels like my innards are wrapped into a tiny paper tube

We’ve featured some pretty incredible and unique stuff on here, but Lisa Nilsson’s “Tissue Series” made us cross-eyed in amazement. These cross sections are made entirely of paper using a process we’ve featured before called quilling – the art of tightly wrapping little strips of paper for structure and sculpture. Nilsson wraps the paper around items like drill bits, dowels, and *shudder* pins. She does other kind of art too, but in regards to all her work she says, “The common thread I see among them is my attraction to the intricate, multifaceted, complex, detailed and time-consuming. I tend to work on a small-scale.” Yeah, no kidding!
The paper: Japanese mulberry. The boxes containing each cross-section: hand-made by Nilsson. The result: awesome. Nilsson is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and she lives & works right here in MA.

via This is Colossal

How to build a Ford Mustang from scratch. By hand. Using only paper.

You can file this one under “It’ll make yer brain melt if you really think about it.” Brooklyn artist Jonathan Brand constructed every single part of a 1969 Mustang coupe at 1:1 scale out of nothing but paper. The obvious question – well, one of ’em anyway – is, “Does it run?” No – he reproduced the car in its entirety, right down to the nuts and bolts, but is displaying it as individual collected parts, rather than as a single object. It’s the centerpiece of Brand’s second solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery, New York from September 20th – October 29th. Another obvious question is, “How?” He used computer drawings created with large-format inkjet printers as stencils. Then he cut, folded, and glued the shapes together. Many more questions are answered in the great video at the bottom – we like the part where he talks about the structural qualities of steel vs the structural qualities of paper.

Thanks to Chrispopher on Collossal for first featuring this.

Kylie Stillman’s carved books may fly away with you

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of art that makes use of paper in unique ways. We probably average about one artist a week that carves, folds, cuts, or otherwise uses paper in some way that you’ve never seen before. And try as might to ignore that cellulose monkey on our back, here we are again. But Kylie Stillman‘s work isn’t only about the craft. At first glance, these sculptures using books, venetian blinds, and sale signs may look like another case of put-a-bird-on-ititus. But there are some subtle hints about bigger ideas. Like the nature of paper – specifically the impact it has, good or bad, on your environment. That book you’re holding may have at one time held a nest.
Our favorite is definitely the shelf of books at the bottom. Hopefully, working large is Stillman’s next step – we’d love to see what kind of work a bigger scale would yield.

Betchya didn’t think these sculptures were made out of paper

These paper sculptures by Ontario-based artist Calvin Nicholls will have you doubting that they’re just paper. Since the mid 80s, he’s been making work like this for advertising campaigns, private collectors, insti-
tutions, childrens books, corporate gift companies and galleries. Why all the white? He does that to emphasize the texture and form of each piece. After using a scalpel to assemble each sculp-
ture, Nicholls captures the detail on 8×10 film with a large format camera, prior to scanning for print applications or art prints.

I cut ya here, and I cut ya here, and…

We’re familiar with paper cut art ’cause we’ve had to frame our share of it. We know how delicate and intricate it can be. But we’ve never seen anything like the work of Peter Callesen. We found out about him on Desafinada, but you can also check out his own website. Meanwhile, take a gander at what nearly broke our minds. Keep in mind: it’s all paper.