Andrew Ooi

 

Canadian painter, sculptor, and pattern-maker Andrew Ooi individually creases, unfolds, paints, and re-folds each piece of paper in his art by hand before assembling them all together. By combining color, pattern, and shape, Ooi creates a well-organized natural order.

“My art is about making sense of the world. It is about arranging the disparate shapes and elements I perceive environments, histories, geographies, art, artistry and human nature to be made up of into tangible systems and forms,” explains Andrew. “It is about occupying these realities, ideas and interests in feeling and being, to allow meaning and its significance in the long view, to develop measuredly.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Wagner

 

It seems especially appropriate to share the work of Mark Wagner today of all days, mid-term Election Day here in the United States. Wagner uses deconstructed US dollars to create intricately designed collages that open up a dialogue about the nature of money, man’s obsession with wealth, and our attempts to harness finances through economics.

Wagner destroys thousands of bills yearly to create works which pointedly and playfully explore the intersection of wealth, power, value, and American identity. Wagner’s audacious (and unlawful) destruction of this revered icon of American commerce is checked only by his virtuoso material manipulation, which renders what you will… portraits, plant life, fantastical beasts, or allegorical scenes recasting George Washington in every roll.

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Dessie Jackson

 

Los Angeles-based artist Dessie Jackson rotates between using mixed media, painting, and paper to create her wildly expressive portraits. With a swoosh of paint around the eyes or a whirlwind of color around a mouth, Jackson turns the everyday into the questionably extraordinary.

 

 

 

 

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Isobelle Ouzman

 

Dumpster diving has really paid off for Seattle-based artist Isobelle Ouzman. She takes books that others have discarded and creates scenes for viewers to dive right into, whether they’re looking for a dark nightscape or a fantastical escape.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unfolded

 

Photographers Daniel Carrillo and Eirik Johnson collaborated on this stunning project. Unfolded uses full and half-plate daguerreotypes to explore the creases of unfolded origami pieces and paper airplanes. The iridescent surface of the daguerreotype plates pick up every facet, giving each two dimensional piece of paper added depth and dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

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Elsa Mora

 

Artist Elsa Mora creates across a wide range of mediums, but today it’s her way with paper that has my attention – particularly her Mindscapes series. The collection of eight pieces explores the human brain through different techniques like embossing and intricate paper cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

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