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It’s Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Bergère / 2012 / Various papers / 26 x 26 x 36 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Shirt & Tie / 2010 / Mulberry and various other papers / 23 x 30 x 4 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Wallet / 2011 / Paper, nylon thread / 4 x 3 x 0.5 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Paper Museum Bench / 2013

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Paper Eames Chair LCW / 2012 / Various papers, hand painted / 22 x 23 x 28 in.

A dusty old chair, a wrinkled pair of jean shorts, or the classic shape of a wooden Eames chair, common items you might encounter every day without giving them a second thought. But try to sit on that worn Corbusier bench or wear that pressed white shirt and you might be shocked as they tear or disintegrate before your very eyes because, amazingly, they are made almost completely with paper by Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Tomczyk. Via his artist statement:

My art centers on objects to stimulate visceral connections. These compositions represent biographies of people, experiences and interpretations of intangible ideas. Although my work can be categorized as realism, my intention is to distill the emotion of an object, then through expression, reconstruct it into my view of its essential self – free of function. [...] As an artist working primarily with paper, my art requires me to be part craftsman and part engineer. I learned a lot about how to construct things by working at my father’s side, in his workshop. I’m compelled to produce work that is visually poetic by using a medium that defies perceived limitations.

Tomczyk tells me that he doesn’t do much sketching before he embarks on each artwork, but spends his time formulating ideas in his head and developing a list of needed materials and measurements. The objects are carefully crafted by hand, all of the colors you see are hand-painted and he never relies on any sort of digital printing. Translation: these take a lot of time. The jean shorts alone with functional pockets and realistic textures took over 100 hours.

If you want to see more, Tomczyk has a solo show opening May 4th, 2013 at Gallery 825 in LA and you can also see many more of his paper works on his website. If you enjoy this kind of realism, also check out Randall Rosenthall’s wood carvings. (via colossal submissions, thnx shane)

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Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

While primarily working as a landscape painter and art teacher, UK artist Jamie Poole was struck with the idea of deconstructing printed poems into individual words and using the text to create large scale portraits. The final pieces are quite large measuring several feet tall, allowing for excruciating detail in both line and shadow, as well as creating an intriguing hybrid of portraiture, typography, and collage. You can see more images of Jamie’s work on his blog and in his Flickr stream. If you liked this, also check out the work of Evan Wondolowski and Lola Dupre. (via junk culture)

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Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water Told in a Stop Motion Pop-Up Book

Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water Told in a Stop Motion Pop Up Book water stop motion pop ups paper books animation

This blog has seen it’s fair share of pop-up books, and animation using paper, but this might be the first where everything comes together in a single piece. Revolution is an animated short by photographer Chris Turner, paper engineer Helen Friel and animator Jess Deacon that explores the life cycle of a single drop of water through the pages of an elaborate pop-up book. The book contains nine scenes that were animated using 1,000 photographic stills shot over the course of a year. (via faith is torment)

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The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo. A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures. Hongbo recently had a solo show at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia who made the videos above, and you can see much more of his work on their website.

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New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson quilling paper anatomy

Paper artist Lisa Nilsson (previously) recently completed a number of new anatomical pieces using her profoundly incredible skill with quilling, a tedious process where paper is tightly wound into small rolls and then assembled into larger artworks. The natural formation of the paper coupled with Nilsson’s ability to identify the precise materials to mimic organic structures makes each artwork appear uncannily like actual cross-sections of humans and animals. The artist has a number of new works currently on display at the Boston Art Gallery as part of the exhibition Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy through March 31, 2013. Don’t miss it. Photography by John Polak.

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Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno

Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno paper clouds

Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno paper clouds

Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno paper clouds

Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno paper clouds

Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno paper clouds

I just spotted this 2009 installation by Tomás Saraceno (previously) at Andersen’s Contemporary Berlin. The exhibition consisted of numerous suspended geometric clouds made from white matte paper along with video, photographic, and sculptural pieces. You can read a bit more about it here. If you liked this, don’t miss Daniel Arsham’s Pixel Clouds.

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New Papercraft Stop-Motion Music Video for Shugo Tokumaru by Animation Masters Kijek / Adamski

New Papercraft Stop Motion Music Video for Shugo Tokumaru by Animation Masters Kijek / Adamski stop motion paper music animation

New Papercraft Stop Motion Music Video for Shugo Tokumaru by Animation Masters Kijek / Adamski stop motion paper music animation

New Papercraft Stop Motion Music Video for Shugo Tokumaru by Animation Masters Kijek / Adamski stop motion paper music animation

New Papercraft Stop Motion Music Video for Shugo Tokumaru by Animation Masters Kijek / Adamski stop motion paper music animation

Sit back, turn up the volume and set this video to full-screen. Behold the lastest stop motion music video from animation duo Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski (previously here and here) for Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru. The video was launched just this morning courtesy of Pitchfork and features a brilliant, continuous parade of what must be thousands of cut paper and foam core silhouettes set to Tokumaru’s quirky track Katachi.

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