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

December 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

….8 x 1.7 cm, 2014 Bones of a Snake, Metal, 200 x 38 x 9 cm, 2014 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 b…




Li Hongbo: Statues in Motion

February 25, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…here’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 sculptur…




New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

February 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…inese decorations known as paper gourds—made from glued layers of paper—Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures. An investigation into expression through one of the oldest mediums in history, Li Hongbo invites viewers to experience paper and sculpture in a revolutionary and insightful new way. Utilizing his expert knowledge of paper’s natural strengths and weaknesses, the artist has transformed the media…




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. (via booooooom)…




The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo

February 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

…ite 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….



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