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Simpler Times:
A Look at Peter Callesen's Paper Art


Art is forever evolving and becoming more complex, both in use of media and in concept. Peter Callesen, a Danish artist, challenges the abstractness and immense complexity of art by making beautifully simple and relatable works from standard sheets of A4 paper.

Paper art has been refined throughout the centuries, starting out in China around 100 AD and spreading across the Middle East and Europe, where the scherenschnitte art form is among the best known paper art in the world. 

Of his choice of medium, Callesen states,
"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."
By adding the third dimension to the visual process, Callesen recreates the manner through which a household sheet of paper does its job of relaying information while conveying an air of serenity that is not easily found in the age of information overload. Click through the slideshow for examples of his work, and click on any of the images to visit his site.  


All images via Peter Callesen