Matthew Shlian - Ara 318

Matthew Shlian – Ara 318

Artist and designer Matthew Shlian, who describes himself as a paper engineer, gives patterns of life and motion to an otherwise flat form: paper. Shlian creates intricate three-dimensional geometric forms with exact folds and creases to form bas-relief sculptures. His works are often based on classic Islamic tile design principles, born out of years of study using geometry as a basis for patterning. The unit is as important as a whole and symmetry, proportion, light, shadow and repetition are all considered. There is an illusion of movement as the viewer’s eye quickly travels back and forth throughout the piece. In this tangible art form, Shlian creates various geometric forms in a very malleable and unpredictable process.

Artwork in the exhibition may be viewed here.

Opening reception Friday, March 1, from 5-7 pm.