Artist Matthew Shlian displays paper sculptures in a new show at Turner Carrol Gallery opening on March 1. Shlian describes himself as a “paper engineer” who gives patterns of life and motion to paper.
The intricate three-dimensional geometric forms he creates with folds and creases become bas-relief sculptures.
Many of his pieces are based on classic Islamic tile design principles. Inspiration also comes from other sources such as solar cell designs, architecture and music. Geometric forms are the basis for much of the patterning.
Educated at Alfred University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Shlian maintains a studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.