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Li Hongbo Creates Amazing Flexible Sculptures from Stacks of Paper

Posted By Mark Boyer On February 8, 2013 @ 5:45 pm In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery | No Comments

We’ve seen humble sheets of paper [2] take many shapes as an artistic medium, but few artists are able to match the realistic sculptures that Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo makes from paper. At the “Pure White Pa show that recently closed at the Dominik Mersch Gallery [3] in Sydney, Li unveiled busts and skulls made from paper, as well as life-size human sculptures.

According to Li Hongbo’s bio, he begins by gluing thousands of sheets of paper into a large block. “The artist carves this block to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different.” At first glance, the sculptures appear to be made from traditional materials; Li includes a few playful gestures, like leaving rough edges on some of his paper cutouts, to make it look like a sculpture [4] that has been chiseled from marble. But the big reveal comes from picking up and twisting the pieces, revealing the honeycomb-shaped paper within.

+ Li Hongbo [5]

via This is Colossal [6]

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[1] http://www.vimeo.com/54967505: http://www.vimeo.com/54967505

[2] paper: http://inhabitat.com/tag/paper-art/

[3] Dominik Mersch Gallery: http://www.dominikmerschgallery.com/Exhibition.aspx

[4] sculpture: http://inhabitat.com/tag/sculpture

[5] + Li Hongbo: http://www.dominikmerschgallery.com/Exhibition.aspx?id=86&view=past&y=2012

[6] This is Colossal: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/02/the-flexible-paper-sculptures-of-li-hongbo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+colossal+%28Colossal%29

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