January 22, 2019
Matthew Shlian is a paper engineer, his work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design. He can create beautiful and Geometric Art sculptures we ordinary sheets of paper can be a true work of art. Based on the principles of origami, the ‘paper engineer’ uses complex folding techniques to create waves of intricately proportioned protuberances, arising from a flat, wall-mounted surface in a visually arresting array of patterns and colors.
“I loved the immediacy of paper as a medium. I also loved the geometry. Figuring out the pieces was like solving a puzzle. I understand things spatially; I have to see something to make sense of it. One of my faculty advisers started buying me pop-up books and I started dissecting them and figuring out how they worked. It took off from there.”
You can see by his work the idea of constructing a puzzle is present in each piece of art, and the way we build it.
He is internationally recognized, with his art exhibited in several galleries at home and abroad, Shlian appreciates the financial support that enables him to dedicate his time to his work. After 15 years of working tirelessly without pay or recognition, you’d think it might be time to bask in the success his hard work has brought him.
However, this artist is only interested in creating, learning and constantly refining his skills.
“You have to love the process, shows are nice but I really don’t like the art world/schmooze. I’d rather be in the studio 99% of the time. If you are willing to work like crazy for yourself and no one else then go for it in the arts.”
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