Matt Shlian

Ich könnte euch jetzt ohne Anleitung einen 1A Papierflieger mit einem DinA4 Blatt falten. Das wars dann aber leider auch schon. Ein 3 Jahre altes Kind könnte ich damit vielleicht noch beeindrucken, bei Matt Shlian würde es wahrscheinlich etwas schwer werden. Der Herr beschäftigt sich nämlich mit kinetischen Skulpturen aus Papier und Micro Origami.

As a paper engineer my work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifest in drawings and three dimensional forms. I use my engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture which have lead to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan. We work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro origami. Our investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as basis for artistic inspiration. 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. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.

All images © Matt Shlian | Via: illusion 360