New Geometric Paper Sculptures from Matthew Shlian

Ara 211, 2016, Paper, 48 x 83 x 6 in.

Paper artist Matthew Shlian (previously here and here) combines his talent for sculpture with a knack for engineering, producing geometric works that are composed of tight-knit tessellations. Shlian’s receptively folded works have lead to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan, together working to visualize research by translating paper structures to micro folds.

“Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration,” said Shlian in an artist statement on his website. “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.”

Shlian’s solo exhibition TELEMETRY, which explores the intersection between science and art, opens this Thursday at Florida Gulf Coast University and runs through March 2, 2017. You can see more of his intricately folded work on his Instagram and Facebook.

“Unlean Against Our Hearts,” 2011. Sculpture at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Collaboration with Bob Stack.

Recursive, 2016. (work in progress) 42 x 84 x 12″


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