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The Painter III by Peter Callesen (2008)

The Painter III by Peter Callesen (2008)
(Image © Peter Callesen)

Can a plain A4 sheet of paper animate tragedies and comedies? Peter Callesen’s hands can. With his technical brilliance and his subtle instinct for the fragility and bewitching potential of human life as well as of the material, he carves meaningful stories out of something as ordinary as the white paper from the printer tray. (Anni Nørskov Mørch)

A large part of Peter Callesen’s work is made from A4 sheets of paper. And, it is simply mind-boggling what this man can do with a sheet of A4 paper. Despite the fact that it is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today, Callesen believes we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for his creations, he gives us a material that we are all able to relate to, but that at the same time one that is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. And, what he manages to achieve…

I think he is a paper magician.

Down the River II by Peter Callesen

Down the River II by Peter Callesen

Down the River II by Peter Callesen
(Images © Peter Callesen)

The Painter by Peter Callesen

The Painter by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)

Running the Fire II by Peter Callesen

Running the Fire II by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)

Half Way Through by Peter Callesen

Half Way Through by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)

Boat II by Peter Callesen

Boat II by Peter Callesen

Boat II by Peter Callesen
(Images © Peter Callesen)

Eismeer by Peter Callesen

Eismeer by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)

If you would like to see more of Peter Callesen’s magical paper works, I urge you to check out his website here. Apparently, he will be exhibiting at the City of Architecture in Paris during October of this year!

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