With much excitement, we recently took delivery of a work by Matt Shlian titled ‘Drift 3′. Drift 3 is one of a collection of four unique drawings created with a Montblanc ballpoint pen refill attached to a computer-controlled plotter, each piece is nonetheless entirely unique as a result of the varying ink flow on the paper’s surface.
David has been following Matts work for a few years and while this work is not in his typical style it is a pleasure to have in the studio. (We are saving our pennies to get one of his works in paper)
Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.
An MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy, Shlian divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan, mocking up new-fangled packaging options for billion dollar blue-chips, and creating some of the most inspiring paper art around.
I am interested in line and fold, surface and illusion of depth. This series continues along these lines that I’ve been exploring for a while. They are rooted in digital technology with a nod to traditional drawing. Crafted on a pen plotter outfitted with a Montblanc ball point pen refill, each one is a bit different as the pen slowly dies and picks up dust while rending the pieces. Some lines print lightly or misprint, which reminds me of unraveling fabric or a missed stitch. The idea of drifting seems to fit with both the undulating surface as well as the process of creating them.
We have included a pic of another work by Matt – a work in paper that he is so well know for.
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