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MATTHEW SHLIAN

Matt Shlian folds paper.  Archival paper and sometimes metallic foils.  Sounds simple, yet he creates stunning bas-relief sculptures. Shlian folds predominately by hand, but occasionally uses bone folders, blades, creasing tools, and Reverse Action Tweezers.  Informed by architecture, engineering, and Islamic design, the geometric compositions also fuse the concepts of origami with Kirigami (the Japanese technique of folding paper).  Early in his career, Shlian began taking apart pop-up books, disassembling them to see how they worked.  This curiosity evolved into investigation of how the brain anticipates repetitions and understands mirroring.  His sculptures have an inherent kinetic energy that engages the mind’s predisposition for pattern-seeking. Paper is transformed from a flat and one-dimensional medium into something 2-d that is intricate and complex. “It’s never just about the paper.  It is about light and form and structure.”  His portfolio extends from smaller works to large-scale installations while his paper prototypes have helped scientists with research in cancer and Alzheimer’s research as well as studies in nanotechnology.

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS

COMMISSION SAMPLES | for reference only

Apophenia

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Ara 211

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Ara 106

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Ara 114

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Unholy 112

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Unholy 124

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Omaplata 21

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Ara 170 (blue, silver, gun metal)

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Unholy 38

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Unholy 46

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Unholy 126, Lord Look Away

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Unholy 75

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COMMISSION PRICING

AS LONG AS YOU'RE HERE

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48 x 48

48 x 60

48 x 72

48 x 84

48 x 96

60 x 60

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$16,625 | $16,925

RLLR (YELLOW)

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48 x 72

48 x 84

48 x 96

60 x 60

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SOME CATERPILLARS

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48 x 48

48 x 60

48 x 72

48 x 84

48 x 96

60 x 60

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$3,600

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$17,800

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$16,925

OMAPLATA

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40 x 40

48 x 48

48 x 60

48 x 72

48 x 84

48 x 96

60 x 60

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$16,625 | $16,925

UNHOLY 227

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36 x 36

48 x 48

60 x 60

72 x 72

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NOT POSSIBLE

$56,000 | $60,000

$72,000 | $76,000

$88,000 | $92,000

ARA 356

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24 x 24

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48 x 48

48 x 60

60 x 60

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$15,000 | $15,300

STUDIO | INSTALL IMAGES

“My interest in geometric form led me to paper – then paper led me to pop-up books… I begin with a system of folding and, at a particular moment, the material takes over.”

BIOGRAPHY

MATTHEW SHLIAN

b. 1980, Norwalk, CT

lives in Ann Arbor, MI