Recently opened at Black Book Gallery in Denver, Colorado is the show “Oh, The Places You’ll Go" by artistic duo Hari & Deepti. The show is a brand new body of work featuring their back-lit, paper cut sculptures. The work is simply gorgeous. Take a look at more below!
Last week we featured a selection of exquisite works of cut paper art by a Japanese Kirie artist named Akira Nagaya. Today we learned that Nagaya also creates awesome cut-out depictions of beloved Anime, manga, cartoon and comic book characters using individual Post-it notes.
The leaf pictured at the top of this post isn’t a leaf at all. It’s made of paper and is an exquisite example of the Japanese art of papercutting is called Kirie (切り絵, meaning ‘cut paper’). All of the extraordinarily delicate examples of the Kirie seen here were handmade by a self-taught Japanese artist named Akira Nagaya, whose skills were first discovered about 30 years ago while he was working in a sushi shop.
"One of his first tasks was to learn sasabaran, a technique to create decorations by cutting slices into bamboo leaves. Back at home, and recalling his boss’s demonstration, Nagaya tried to practice using paper and a utility knife. He found that the technique came quite naturally, and he enjoyed doing it.”
Years later Nagaya was still making his intricate paper objects when he opened his very own restaurant and decided to display his kirie “for fun.” When a local newspaper showed up to review his restaurant they spotted his creations and encouraged him to display them in a gallery.
“That was the first time I even considered what I had been doing as art,” recalls Nagaya.
Paul Louise-Julie is a French-American painter and sculptor working exclusively in paper, cardboard and acrylic. Using both traditional and modern techniques, he gives his pieces a gestural and naturalistic effect. Paul places pieces of cardboard and paper in the same geometric harmony characteristic of West African sculpture as well as its hieratic scale. Also, he is strongly influences by European masters such as Klimt, Monet, Rodin, and Eric Joisel. The artist is best known for his 3D paintings. He produces these by placing pieces of paper sculpture onto a canvas, and then adds color and lighting with acrylic paint, thus creating a sense of depth that seamlessly bridges painted illusion with dimensional reality via
Viacheslav Filimonov is a 24 year old web designer from Siberia living in Moscow. He uses his Tumblr blog called prncslavto experiment, learn and express himself through his art. He likes art because of its power to make people think about things they may not have thought of before.
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Grigori Chevtsov, known as wmill, began making art in late 2011. Nowadays, it plays the biggest part in his life. It changed from a hobby of his into his daily routine and one of his only activities. Most of his art comes from different moods, music and other things around him. His biggest inspirations are other artists. There are always little techniques he wants to try out to see if there are different ways to use them or make them better. Most of his art is created with Cinema 4D, After Effects and Photoshop.
MXL PXL is an anonymous psyglitch VJ from the Southeastern United States. He mixes pixels as a hobby by VJing to live music, which he considers the pinnacle of audiovisual expression. He tries to make a looping clip per day which he will then crop and strip down and post as a GIF. You can find his work posted on Tumblr as mxl-pxl.
"I appreciate the beautifully-lossy GIF for its restrictions that force me to simplify and subtract."