We are pleased to be exhibiting a new body a work from paper sculpture, Matthew Shlian.
As a paper engineer, Matthew Shlian 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 drawing and three dimensional forms. The use of his engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan. He works on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. His investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; he sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In his studio he is a collaborator, explorer and inventor. He begins with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, his work is made because he cannot visualize its final realization; in this way he comes to understanding through curiosity.