Matthew Shlian

"In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor.  I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.  

 

Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity." 

 

Matthew Shlian is a self-proclaimed “paper engineer” – cutting and folding paper into complex organic structures based on mathematical equations with a focus on fractal geometry.

 

While Shlian does create free-standing sculptures and even kinetic works, the artwork in his current series are all all framed pieces that have a relief profile of no greater than 1.5” so that viewers can readily see the points of interconnectivity across each geometric plane.

 

Matthew Shlian lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI with degree in art from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

 

His work is frequently applied to research in fields of communications, constructions & energy. Shlian’s artwork has been placed in collections around the world.

ara150
ara150

26"x40"x1"

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barrel
barrel

18"x18"x1", folded paper

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breath castles red
breath castles red

26"x38"x1"

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breath castles cerulean
breath castles cerulean

26"x38"x1"

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silver test
silver test

26"x26"x1", silver foil paper

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9sided 26"x26"x1"
9sided 26"x26"x1"

9sided 26"x26"x1", folded paper

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ara 117
ara 117

18"x24", silver foil paper

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Ara 142.jpg
Ara 142.jpg

24x18"x1" folded paper

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tidal white
tidal white

10"x10"x1"

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tidal black
tidal black

10"x10"x1"

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Sleeper
Sleeper

8.25"x8.25", cut paper

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Process 10
Process 10

13"x10" cut paper

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