Geometric Paper Sculptures  Matthew Shlian

“I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.” Matthew Shlian

Artist and designer Matthew Shlian, who describes himself as a paper engineer, gives patterns of life and motion to an otherwise flat form. In his work, there is an illusion of movement as the viewer’s eye quickly travels back and forth throughout the piece. In this tangible art form, Shlian creates all kinds of geometric forms in a very malleable and unpredictable process. Shlian said “In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor.  I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.  Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.”

Matthew Shlian

Matthew Shlian

Shlian began collaborating with Ghostly in early 2011 with The Process Series, a collection rooted in basic geometry and inspired by electronic music. His second series with Ghostly, The Tessellation Series, evokes the joy of improvisation, and hints at a wellspring of inspiring works to come.

Shlian for Levi’s, 2012; paper 14 x 8 feet – Courtesy of Matthew Shlian

Of his work, he writes: “In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor.  I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.  Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.” To learn more about Shlian, be sure to watch his featured video, which also includes some amazing time-lapse footage of him at work.

Courtesy of Matthew Shlian

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