Sculpting paper: Li Hongbo（李洪波）
(pictures courtesy of WhiteRabbitCollection, NeoChaEdge, Klein Sun Gallery, Colossal and Arrested Motion)
These sculptures appear to be made of marble, wood, or porcelain. And yet, there is no risk of damaging them by bumping into them: they are actually made of thousands of sheets of paper glued to each other and sculpted by Li Hongbo (李洪波), an extremely patient and talented artist now living and working in Beijing.
A book editor and designer, Li always felt a strong connection to paper as an artistic material. One day, he discovered it was possible to create these incredible sculptures by borrowing from the ancient Chinese art of “paper gourds” (纸葫芦), a type of children’s toy created by using honeycombed paper that opens to reveal a hidden shape.
See Arrested Motion, WRC, and the Dominik Mersch Gallery for more information (also, in Chinese: SmagTW.com, 吕胜中的blog)
Sculpting on paper: Elod Beregszaszi
(all photos from WebUrbanist and Popupology)
London-based artist Elod Beregszaszi relegates the art of two-dimensional paper cuts to history, with his intricate, meticulously designed 3D paper creations. Fragile, implacably symmetrical, his works seem to originate from a very distant planet.
(he also produces the paper himself)
See more on his official website and Flickr account.
Sculpting on paper: Peter Gentenaar
(pictures from MyModernMet and Colossal)
Netherland-based artist Peter Gentenaar creates surrealist environments with his floating paper installations, which he produces through a very personal technique.
First working as a printmaker, Gentenaar found commercially-available paper too thin for his engravings. With the help of Jo Persoon at the Royal Dutch Paper Factory (KNP), he designed his own beater to process very long paper fibers.
This type of paper, when reinforced with thin ribs of bamboo, upon drying shrinks up to 40% and therefore curls up in unpredictable shapes, like the leaves of a tree. The result: massive, light and delicate paper sculptures that float in mid-air like underwater organisms. A magical union of creativity and technique.
See his official website here — it is even possible to purchase a paper beater like the one he invented.
(more pictures on Colossal)
Behind the Scenes:
The Making of a Light Installation - Meridian Space
Théophile Seyrig (Théo pour les intimes) was trained in France as a landscape architect. But it was a very specific area of study that he decided to explore when he first set foot in Beijing: waste — in other terms, the discarded materials of everyday life, and the insights they give one into the “dark side” of the city.
Théo tackled this topic from a creative and academic point of view, which led him to start designing all kinds of items by assembling various objects and materials found lying around the urban wilderness. His workshop, in the faraway artsy neighborhood of Feijiacun, is a warehouse crowded with installations and contraptions of all shapes, kinds and colours, involving iron bars, light bulbs, computer fans, and the like. By his window is an extremely zen set of solar-powered rotating disks, on which small pieces of stone spin into life as soon as the sun appears in the morning.
Théo decided to collaborate with Meridian Space in order to showcase his talent and inventions. Besides the “magic corner” underneath the Meridian Space staircase (a window bringing light, mirrors and plants into the “& Café”), and the “Meridian” logo behind our bartop (metal and LEDs), Théo notably designed the splendid light installation currently hanging from the ceiling in the entrance of the Space. This work was the centerpiece of the Meridian Day, Meridian Space’s 24-hour long opening party, on April 19th, 2014.
The photos above are an attempt at giving a brief account of the many nights and days which were necessary for the making of this graceful and fragile piece — a 60-kg stainless steel board from which hang 7 loops of neon lights. It was only thanks to the indefatigable dedication of Théo and his friends, Jean and Rani, that this installation was eventually ready on time for the Meridian Space opening.
Meridian Space brings together artists and creators of all kinds under a common roof, in the heart of Beijing. The Space is open to all cultural and artistic events.
All works exhibited inside Meridian Space can be bought — please contact us for details.
Meridian Day - Meridian Space Opening Party
Part 4: Later that night…
Around 10pm, three performers from Sinotronics took the stage: Charm, Menghan and MMS.
Sinotronics is a Beijing-based record label publishing contemporary music from & in China, with a strong emphasis on electronic sounds. For their first event in 2014, they performed a hybrid live/DJ set incorporating sounds to be included on the forthcoming Sinotronics compilation CDs, followed by DJ of experimental electronica, dark ambient, and minimal techno.
Lights were dimmed, and green boxes rearranged strategically around the Meridian Art Lounge to form a strange and enticing environment. Meridian Club was born. (oh, wait… didn’t we use that name before?)
… Meanwhile, on the little patio outside: the sound of a trumpet was suddenly heard, along with frenetic drumming: two (somewhat inebriated) members from the band Omnipotent Youth Society had decided that the moment was appropriate for a little outdoors performance.
… Meanwhile, in the Meridian Workshop upstairs: people sat around cross-legged on woven mats, drinking tea and debating philosophical topics (or the latest Beijing trends, or both).
… Meanwhile, in the entrance of Meridian Space: Theophile Seyrig’s latest light installation, which was designed and assembled specially for Meridian Space, hung in all its glory from the ceiling — spreading its phantasmagorical neon glow over everyone and everything.
It kept on burning bright until the very end of that night, and Sunday morning — end of a fruitful and memorable Meridian Day.
(more on this installation in a following post)