Paper is a surface used by artists all the time, however we rarely see the true versatility of it as a material explored to the extent that is seen in the paper art featured here by: Ryuji Nakamura, Kyosuke Nishida and Brian Li, Jeff Nishinaka, Tomas Saraceno, Matt Shlian and Jen Stark.
Tomas Saraceno is a master of transforming a space and infusing it with an interactive surreal quality. His installations that are constructed to provide viewers with the experience that they are walking on a cloud are absolutely captivating. The soft dream-like magic of his work is more tactile and intimate, however, in this paper installation Cloud House featuring cloud like formations made only out of smaller geometric matte paper structures.
The installation Cornfield created by Ryuji Nakamura is breathtaking. It seems absolutely impossible that this soft poetic work was fabricated with paper, yet one look at the modern functional furniture Nakamura has fabricated purely from paper somehow makes it more believable.
Kyosuke Nishida and Brian Li colalborated on the text based paper sculptural relief work Still Life Comes Alive a while back. The two decided to collaborate on a similar piece again in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, in an effort to show solidarity and respond to those effected in a heartfelt way. The beautiful result can be seen above.
Jen Stark is viewed by many as the reigning queen of progressive contemporary paper art, for good reason. Her use of color and cut paper in creating hypnotic works that range from pedestals to wall-based 3D works are absolute perfection in their simultaneous simplicity and complexity.
The paper works seen here by Matt Shlian have a softness and a poetic sensibility to them. Crafted with flawless precision and exhibited with harmonious negative space, they have a peaceful sense of sculptural movement.
Jeff Nishinaka has received international accolade for his realistic depictions of landscape, mythical scenes and wildlife, made entirely out of paper. The construction of his works and the incorporation of light is mind blowing, and his process is terribly complex and involved.