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Shadow Knives: Silhouette Artwork Cut from Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo

December 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Artist Li Hongbo, whose flexible paper sculptures we've admired many times here on Colossal, recently created a new series of silhouette artworks as part of a solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Each piece is delicately cut from the knife leaving a complementary negative space from which it appears to rise. Hongbo says the pieces are meant as a warning, that "human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals." If you liked this technique, also check…

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Li Hongbo: Statues in Motion

February 25, 2014

Christopher Jobson

There's been a tremendous amount of coverage online and off about artist Li Hongbo's astounding paper sculptures constructed from stacks of layered paper that can flex and contort into eye-popping shapes. You can read previous posts here on Colossal for more detail about his work, but if you just can't get enough, you're in luck. Kid Guy Collective in collaboration with Eli Klein from Klein Sun Gallery, have finally documented the artist's sculptures in a truly artful way. Shot at 240 frames per second, the video finally captures the fine details of Hongbo's work for those of us unable to…

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New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

February 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Currently on view at Klein Sun Gallery in New York, artist Li Hongbo (previously) has…

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Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures

March 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Remember those wild flexible paper sculptures from last month by artist Li Hongbo? This new video from Crane.tv shows the artist in his Beijing studio where we learn much more about how he makes each artwork.

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The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo

February 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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…

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