Nissan builds an origami car to celebrate the fifth birthday of its Juke crossover

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RocketNews 24 (by Casey Baseel):

It’s been five years since Nissan launched its compact Juke SUV/crossover, and the company is celebrating with a very special fifth anniversary edition: a full-size origami model.

Oftentimes, auto manufacturers will mark the round-number birthdays of their best-sellers with a special paint color or extra badging. Nissan, though, instead enlisted English origami artist Owen Gildersleeve to make a paper Juke to commemorate the milestone.

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Unfortunately, this special car is a one-off, so you won’t find one waiting in the inventory lot of your local Nissan dealer. But if we ever find ourselves in the market for a Juke, and if Nissan is offering “origami” as a factory option at that time, we’ll be tempted to check that box when placing our order.

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Contemporary artist Li Hongbo’s “Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day” arranges thousands of paper weapon sculptures into flowery rainbow towers

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Design Boom/Beautiful Decay (by Hayley Evans):

Li Hongbo is a Beijing-based artist who builds elaborate and flexible paper sculptures that ripple and shift before our eyes. Featured here is “Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day,” a large-scale installation currently on display at the SCAD Museum of Art.

The work—which spans the entirety of a gallery—involves thousands of small paper objects bound together by honeycomb layers of glue. Close up, the bright shapes align themselves like an undulating, flowery rainbow; step back, however, and you’ll see that together the shapes amass into the greater form of guns and artillery. In a surprising clash of innocent colors and delicate paper with the brutality of war, Hongbo produces a curious (and potentially deceitful) optimism for deadly weapons.

Hongbo’s work draws upon the ancient, cultural tradition of paper-making in China, which dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). Inspired by this art form, Hongbo has reinvented it on a grand scale. Other projects include malleable bodies and busts, such as a version of Michelangelo’s David that unfolds spectacularly. The ability to metamorphose is integral to Hongbo’s works; with the politics left aside (or at least ambiguous), his sculptures challenge our perceptions by unsettling solid forms with their built-in fluidity. Whether it’s guns or classical statues, we can’t help but to reconsider the materiality and purpose of objects as they transform before our eyes.

Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day” will be showing until January 24th, 2016.

Check out SCAD’s website to learn more.

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Skilled Japanese artist creates intricate cut-paper origami cranes

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RocketNews 24:

Kiri-e (切り絵) is the Japanese art of hand-cutting paper into intricate designs. Kirigami(切り紙), on the other hand, involves cutting and folding paper to create a 3-D image that pops right off the page. But one talented Japanese artist has combined these two traditional art forms, creating folded paper cranes that contain a seemingly impossible-to-achieve cut-out design. Let’s take a closer look at her stunning artwork!

Going by the name Uni (Japanese for “sea urchin) on her Twitter, this steady-handed artist shows an amazing amount of skill as she’s able to fold, cut and bend paper into a delicately designed paper crane. Here is just a small sample of Uni’s work:

She’s also amazingly able to replicate the same technique and style in miniature form, shrinking her designs down to the size of a 1-yen coin (22 millimeters/0.87 inches).

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Uni has also created stained glass paper cranes. The way the light passes through each hand-cut panel is simply gorgeous!

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Of course, Uni makes traditional kiri-e creations as well. Here’s a beautiful flower cut from a single piece of paper:

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We’re sure by now you can’t get enough of Uni’s beautiful artwork. So hop on over to her pixiv site for more of her kiri-e and kirigami paper cranes!

Artist Profile: Katsumi Hayakawa’s “Void and Solid”

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The Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa explores diverse notions related to space and perspective in VOID and SOLID, a new way of world making, his first solo exhibition in Spain. Hayakawa’s architectural sculptures, made out of varying paper densities, represent the human-made structures covering earth’s surface.

His attention to detail is apparent in the cuts and folds. Accompanied by a new series of paintings and drawings, the site-specific installation examines the impact of architectural density while maintaining the delicate nature of paper.

Artist Profile: Paper Cut Sculpture by Nahoko Kojima (Documentary-2013)

 

Using a single sheet of paper, Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima intricately cuts sculptures of animals and textures. While some are encased in acrylic sheets, others are installed in three-dimensions.

She is currently hard at work on a life-sized swimming polar bear constructed from a single sheet of white Washi paper. 

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Artist Profile: Paper cut works by Bovey Lee

 

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One of the things we love about paper cut works, especially the works of Bovey Lee, is the amount of time and precision it takes to complete just one cut. As Bovey puts it, “I create layered and dramatic stories referencing my life experiences, response to headline news, and concerns for urban and environmental issues.

Here is Bovey’s full mission statement:

Power, sacrifice, and survival are the underlying narratives in my cut paper works. Within the parameters of these three subjects, I create layered and dramatic stories referencing my life experiences, response to headline news, and concerns for urban and environmental issues. I hand cut each work on Chinese rice paper with silk backing. I define what I do as drawing with a knife. My life long love affair with art begins with practicing Chinese calligraphy and pencil drawing since age ten. When I cut paper, it is a visceral reaction and natural response to my affection for precision, detail, and subtlety.

 

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Artist Profile: Paper cut works by Bovey Lee

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Artist Profile: “Byaku” by Nahoko Kojima, a life-sized polar bear paper sculpture, suspended in the air

 

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Depicting a life sized swimming polar bear, this weightless sculpture by Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima is suspended from the roof of Jerwood Space in London. ‘Byaku’, meaning white in Japanese, is cut out from one sheet of 3m x 3m washi paper that the artist imported from a paper mill in Japan.

Before she started to cut the animal figure, she crumpled the paper by hand to give it an uneven texture, creating a more faceted form than the smooth surface would have allowed. The artist explains that she ‘chose this particular washi because it has less then 100% kouzo content and this means that it subtly turns warmer in color over time – this mimics the fur of the polar bear which, based on my research, goes through a similar change over the span of its life.’

The delicately crafted ‘Byaku’ has many hidden elements that help to enhance its appearance of moving under water. The fur ends are cut to sharp, tapered points and also visible forms of carp and waves of water accentuate the polar bear’s sense of motion. It seems almost as if he moves in the air. An overhead spotlight casts a striking shadow onto a plinth below, revealing a swirl of patterns associated with transcendent water reflections.

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