Matthew Shlian

MICHIGAN, USA

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE CUP WALKED and THE PROCESS SERIES SET


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 sculptures which have led to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan.

Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a 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 making.

Matthew Shlian is an artist/designer and founder of the Initiative Artist Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work extends from drawings to large scale installations to collaborations with leading scientists at the University of Michigan. His work for the National Science Foundation explores paper folding structures on the macro level translated to the nano-scale. His client list includes Ghostly International, Apple, P&G, Facebook, Levi’s, Sesame Street and the Queen of Jordan. His work can be seen at www.mattshlian.com and eightemperors.com.

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