Thursday, April 30, 2009

Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen, Fall, 2008, Acid free 140 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Fall (detail), 2008, Acid free 140 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Impenetrable Castle, 2005, Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Impenetrable Castle (detail), 2005, Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue


Peter Callesen, Elsmear, 2006, Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Half Way Through, 2006, Acid free A4 115 gsm paper, pencil, and glue

Peter Callesen, White Hand, 2007, Acid free A4 115 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Looking Back, 2006, Acid free A14 115 gsm paper and glue



Peter Callesen creates simply amazing things with paper. His website has the following explanation of his work:

My paper works have been based around an exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensionality. I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process - or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts. Some of the small paper cuts relate to a universe of fairy tales and romanticism, as for instance Impenetrable Castle inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier, in which a tin soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina, living in a paper castle. Other paper cuts are small dramas in which small figures are lost within and threatened by the huge powerful nature. Others again are turning the inside out, or letting the front and the back of the paper meet - dealing with impossibility, illusions, and reflections.

I find the A4 sheet of paper interesting to work with, because it is probably the most common and consumed media and format for carrying information today, and in that sense it is something very loaded. This means that we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By removing all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white 80gsm A4 paper as a base for my creations, I feel that I have found a material which we all are able to relate to, and at the same time is non-loaded and neutral and therefore easier to fill with different meanings. The thin white paper also gives the paper sculptures a fragility which underlines the tragic and romantic theme of the works.

35 comments:

sallymandy said...

Wow, I just love this stuff, Drolly. The starkness of the white paper sets off the images perfectly, and I love his interplay of two and three dimensions. New art like this makes me happy. I'm glad to see it this morning.

xo

...love Maegan said...

omg AMAZING. love.

clorivak said...

very cool...i'm digging this new wave of paper art i've been seeing lately!!!

Char said...

extremely clever

down and out chic said...

very, very cool. i like the skeleton coming out of the piece of paper.

erin@designcrisis said...

Paper is the most amazing substrate, ever.

I need that skeleton thingy.

Pop Champagne said...

WOW. The "white hand" one almost looks so real!

Diana said...

This is amazing! What is more impressive are his inspirations and the metaphor behind it! AWESOME

Tikimama said...

Incredible. Beautiful. Fragile. Powerful. Wow.

The Seeker said...

OMG I love it!!!!!

Thanks for introducing.

xoxo

K.Line said...

This is stunning! Thank you for posting...

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Simply brilliant. I like what he says too about the relationship between 2 and 3D. It's so true.

diane said...

The guy's an effing genius.

b is for brown said...

incredible

Kosmopolight said...

Amaaaaaaaazing! You always find the coolest stuff. Thanks for sharing!

matilda said...

cool pictures!

Love from Sweden

Milly said...

So damn Amazing!!

Alisa said...

I love this guy! I was so sad when I found out he was all the way in Copenhagen! I want to see these in person! Love him!

Mermaid said...

Wowww that's amazing.

Namine said...

really neat!

She's Dressing Up said...

These are amazing!

Hanako66 said...

these are creepy and amazing!!

Awesome Sara said...

Love!! paper art is probably the only thing i would never buy cause its paper and i see lots of paper cuts in my future.

Emz said...

Oh these look absolutely awesome! Wow... I thought origami was cool enough!

alissa said...

can you imagine the freaking patience you must have to do that? like one wrong cut and i would scream a lot of terrible words.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

All these from paper???! I thought my origami crane was amazing... this is beyond!

Sara said...

That is so cool! I especially love the castle and the ship!!

Eeli said...

In other words ABSOLUTELY PERFECT haha.


This collection is pretty much that to. So amazing to see such artists with such an immense talent like this. Absolutely aw-strikiing! :D

fhen said...

i love the paper arrangement and the shape it turns out to be~


love,
fhen

The Cottage Cheese said...

These paper sculptures are amazing. He is so talented and creative!

Hannah said...

These are stunning!

La Fée said...

wow those are incredible!!!!!

thereddeer said...

Wow amazing works!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Incredible that this is paper based art, thankyou for showcasing it, Drolly - What an eye for art you have, sweetheart!

molly said...

these are so fantastic!! i love the skeletal shadow piece and the castle especially. . . .does he only use the one piece of paper to create these?? amazing