Peter Callesen

I want to share some amazing work by artist Peter Callesen. He takes something as ordinary as white copy paper and turns it into something remarkable.

Says Callesen of his recent work “Lately I have worked almost exclusively with white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. A large part of my work is made from A4 sheets of paper. It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. This is why 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 my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.”

Distant Wish 2006. Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue.

The Painter, 2010. 115 gsm acid free A4 paper, glue

Saving Himself, 2007. Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper, acrylic paint and oak frame. 47,5 x 37 x 7 cm

Cowboy, 2006. Acid Free A4 115 gsm paper, glue, acrylic paint and oak frame. 53 x 40,5 x 7 cm.

(Image credit: Peter Callesen)


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  2. Penny @BonnieBlackbird October 8, 2012

    These are amazing! I wonder how many versions there were that ended up being thrown across the room first!

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