The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: Paper art

Lucila Biscione creates surreal scenes with paper, ink, and pencil, with lush backdrops and roaming creatures. The Buenos Aires-born, Berlin-based “papercut" artist primarily uses muted tones in the works shown here, adding to worlds that appear either ancient and lived-in—further underscoring their fairytale quality.
Rogan Brown’s paper sculptures depict complex scientific processes and organisms. The artist, as what he calls a "non-scientist" or “outsider,” attempts to reconcile and recreate the life of bacteria, the effects of quantum physics, and other true-to-life research, through his own singular creative sensibility.
Armed with a pair of scissors, Huntz Liu's multilayered paper collages have the viewer guessing which geometric forms offer actual depth or just give the illusion of it. With names like "Color Chasm," "Gravity," and "Boxy Configurations," the artist acknowledges that playful deception that carries across the works in his new show at Thinkspace Projects, which runs through Oct. 5 at the space.
Armed with just paper and scissors, collagist Lola Dupre continues to remix photographs into surreal portraits—with some of the most absorbing results in reimagining household pets. Elsewhere, editorial and advertising projects shows the broad application of Dupre’s distinct sensibilities. She was last featured in Hi-Fructose's print magazine with Volume 28, and has since appeared on our website here.
Julia Ibbini's laser-cut paper designs are inspired by differing cultures, geometry, and other, unexpected influences. The artist has a online exhibition that runs April 3 through May 3 with Jonathan Levine Projects. Ibbini says that the algorithm-driven aspects of her creations and contemporary sensibility “contrasts with traditional ornament and craftsmanship resulting in highly detailed, multi-faceted pieces.”
Origami artist João Charrua creates unexpected figures out of single squares of paper. Instead of relying on recognizable forms, the Portugal-based sculptor tends to create entirely new, surreal creatures. Elsewhere, he offers odes to artists he admires, from the sculptures of Philip Jackson to the above creation, which pays homage to a legendary surrealist.
Elisa Sanchez integrates notes of the human body into her “paper taxidermy” collection of insects. In a recent installation at Charlotte’s Goodyear Arts, the artist put these recent works against a floral backdrop, part of a showcase following her residency at the space where she developed the latest insects in the series.
Kirk Fanelly's recent, vibrant works are constructed with inlaid cut paper, offering a glimpse at the Western experience through the artist’s intricate process. This mode of creation is a fairly recent development for the artist, who previously mixed the surreal and the everyday in oil paintings.
As the Tang dynasty disintegrated, Chinese artists sought permanence within nature, retreating into the mountains to find a sanctuary from real world chaos. Following in the footsteps of her creative heritage, Beijing based artist Fu Xiaotong updates traditional Chinese landscape painting with a modern twist. Using only a tiny needle, she meticulously pierces thousands of pinholes into large sheets of Xuan paper in a repetitive manner similar to Pointillism. It's difficult to appreciate the scale and detail of her work through these images alone, some measuring larger than Xiaotong herself, who stands on a tall ladder to reach the peaks of waves and mountain tops that each picture depicts.
Canada based, Macau born artist Ann Hoi breathes a sense of life in her meticulous and extraordinary paper sculptures. There are usually monochromatic, portraying mysterious hooded figures, young children in the company of bizarre creatures, and small deformed bodies, each as fanciful as they are unsettling. Since graduating from Ontario College of Art and Design University, Hoi has completed only a dozen works to date, owing to her detailed and painstaking process that begins digitally.
We might not think much of sheets of paper, something we see every day, strung together in our notebooks and journals. German sculptor Angela Glajcar sees something light and delicate, with the power to take us to another place. She has exhibited her paper-produced works and suspended sculptures all over the world, with her latest installation on view at Heitsch Gallery in Munich, Germany. Titled "Weiss Ist Das Neue Schwarz" ("White is the new black"), her new work plays with opposites- solid blocks of light paper that float freely in the gallery space.
Attention all artists! In partnership with our friends at Squarespace, Hi-Fructose is highlighting five artists who are currently using Squarespace for their website or portfolio. This week's feature is San Francicsco based artist Tiffanie Turner, who crafts fictitious paper flowers that look remarkably real. Owing to their realism is Turner's lifelong obsession with botanicals, inspring her to recreate every kind from the common marigolds and poppies to Japanese anemone.
Italian artist Carlo Fantin (featured here) uses the Catholic imagery from his devout upbringing as a metaphor for contemporary rituals. In particular, his hand-cut paper works address our unrelenting use of social media, where he likens bloggers and the media to shepherds whom we follow like a flock of sheep. His current exhibition, "U Have 2 Name Him Jesus #Annunciation" at Mercury 20 in Oakland, CA continues this play on religious iconography.

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