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New Architecturally-Inspired Artworks Created From Layers of Laser-Cut Paper by Eric Standley

May 16, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Phidala. Cut paper, gold leaf, 24″ x 30″, 2017.

Artist Eric Standley (previously here and here) laser cuts sheets of paper, creating intricately patterned forms by stacking the sheets over 100 layers high. The final works reflect classical stained glass windows, and are inspired by geometric patterns found in both Gothic and Islamic architecture. Recently these designs reference fractal geometry, a rhythmic pattern that is self-replicating.

“These rhythms are found at a cosmological scale in the ever-expanding universe, across culture and time in Gothic and Islamic architecture as well as at the profoundly fundamental building blocks of life,” said Standley. “When a DNA braid is viewed from the top-down, the layered double helix rotation abides by the golden ratio (phi). Waves along the braid conceal and reveal strata of information.”

Standley applied this golden ratio during the construction process for his pieces Kismet and Phidala. Using phi as a guide for certain compositional decisions, Standley deviated from his typically strict mathematical rotations.

Standley’s solo exhibition Strata at Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati, Oh contains both of these new phi-centered works, and continues through June 3, 2017. You can see more of the artist’s works on his website.

Phidala, detail. Cut paper, gold leaf, 24″ x 30″, 2017.

Phidala, detail. Cut paper, gold leaf, 24″ x 30″, 2017.

Phidala, detail. Cut paper, gold leaf, 24″ x 30″, 2017.

Phidala, detail. Cut paper, gold leaf, 24″ x 30″, 2017.

Kismet. Cut paper, wood and gold leaf, 24″ x 24″, 2017.

Kismet, detail. Cut paper, wood and gold leaf, 24″ x 24″, 2017.

Arch 6. Cut paper, watercolor, 24″ x 28″, 2016.

Arch 6, detail. Cut paper, watercolor, 24″ x 28″, 2016.

Arch 6, detail. Cut paper, watercolor, 24″ x 28″, 2016.

 

 

 



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The Delicate Floral Wax Sculptures and Laser Cut Paintings of Valerie Hammond

March 3, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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“Transition II” (2008), wax, silk and wire, 20x5x6″, courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

Valerie Hammond imbues a delicate understanding of each material she works with, whether it’s sculpting flowers and hands from wax or laser cutting large outlines of women onto watercolor paper. Focused on the poetics of each work she produces, details are found not only on the pieces she creates, but the way they cast shadows onto the wall or rest atop a gallery plinth. Her piece “Girl” projects a poem by Emily Dickinson when pinned against the wall, doubling the work’s message in its own shadow.

Hammond received her MFA from the University of California at Berkley, and currently lives and works in New York City. Her work is included in public and private collections such as the Walker Art Center, The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library’s Print and Drawing Collection, the Getty Museum, the Grand Palais Museum, and many more. Hammond is represented by Littlejohn Contemporary in New York City.

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“Rose (Murmur)” (2011), wax, silk and wire, 10x8x5″, courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

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“Girl” (2013), archival print on watercolor paper digitally laser cut, 31 ¼” x 13″, courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

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“Girl” (2013), archival print on watercolor paper digitally laser cut, 31 ¼” x 13″, courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

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“Forest Girl (What I see not, I better see)” (2008), edition variable of 5, laser-cut digital print, 31″ x 13 1/4″, courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

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