June 22, 2015

Wafer-thin and wonderful: Paper View round up

You may well have noticed, but we do love paper here at MOO. We love it so much in fact that earlier this year, we launched Paper View, a year-long collaboration with SCOPE Art Shows in which we celebrate the wafer-thin and wonderful medium of paper through the work of international artists and curators.

The second installment of this collaboration took place last week and we teamed up with curator extraordinaire A. Moret who selected eleven installation artists to share their paper-based works with SCOPE and MOO audiences. In case you missed it, here we introduce you to the eleven artists and their work.

We were blown away by their creations and we hope that you will be too!

Orproject, Dynamorph, Ivory Paper, 300 gsm, 4.5m x 8m and 3 m high, built at International Cultural Institute, Venice, 2014.


Orproject is an architecture and design practice set up in 2006, with offices in London, Beijing and New Delhi. Their work explores advanced geometries with an ecologic agenda, and integrates natural elements into the design. Projects range from experimental small-scale installations to large real-estate developments. Their work has been published and exhibited widely, amongst other at the London Architecture Festival, the Furniture Fair in Milan, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the China National Museum in Beijing. In their own words, “Ecology as a narrative expresses our approach to design: More than creating perfectly efficient ecological machines, we are interested in expressing, through a visual narrative, the sequence of steps in which architecture can harness natural elements.”



Andreas Kocks

Andreas Kocks, Cannonball (#703G), Graphite on Watercolor Paper, 330 x 1670 x 13 cm. 2007.  Installation at Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York. Photography by Hermann Feldhaus.

Andreas Kocks was born in Oberhausen, Germany and received his MFA in Sculpture from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and his MA in education at the University of Düsseldorf. He received several awards, among them in 2006 the Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship. In 2010/11 he was a visiting and lecturing artist at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Savannah,Georgia, and in Lacoste, France. In addition to exhibiting at museums and galleries in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England and the United States, he has received numerous commissions from private and public clients. In 1998 he moved to New York and now lives in Munich, Germany.



Annie Vought

Annie Vought, Its a trick, Hand-cut paper, 2015.  

Annie Vought is an artist based in Oakland California. Her work is an elaborate investigation into the visual architecture of language and the limits of paper. She has a far-reaching digital presence and has exhibited extensively. Annie received her MFA from Mills College in 2009. She is the recipient of the Irvine Fellowship Award, the Herringer Family Foundation Award, the Murphy and Candogen Award and a 2012 SECA nominee, and the Emerging Voices Award in 2015. Annie grew up surrounded by the arts in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her father is a painter and her mother and stepfather are musicians. She now lives in Oakland with her husband and large dog. She is an avid reader and probably watches too much TV.



Christophe Piallat

C Piallat, Tana (Detail # 1) 2011. Archival pigment print 30”x20”

Christophe Piallat is a photographic and installation artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. His career began in the late 1990’s when he transitioned from being a carpenter for stage and film to a commercial and fine art photographer. His use of common materials such as: paper, plastic, aluminum foil, and discarded photographic prints transform the mundane into the supernatural. After receiving a Masters of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, Christophe exhibited a 50’ long, four-window display, paper and light installation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From there his work has been a part of several international exhibitions, including the 2010 Holland Paper Biennial and the 2012 Santorini Biennial.



Cristina Parreño

Cristina Parreño, James Coleman,Sharon Xu, Koharu Usui, Natthida Wiwatwicha, Hannah Ahlblad, Paper Chandeliers, ARCO Madrid, 2013.  Photographed by Luis Asin.

Cristina Parreño Alonso is a licensed architect with ten years of professional experience working in Madrid and London. She holds a Masters and Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Madrid. She has taught design studio at the University of Western Australia, at the State University of New York at Buffalo and she currently teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios at MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Her work has been published in newspapers like El País and El Mundo and in several publications like Quaderns and Via Arquitectura. Cristina Parreño received the “Europe 40 under 40 Design Award 2014” and was recently selected as one of four emerging firms for the “Design Boston Biennial 2015”.



Hollis Hart

Hollis Hart, “front.” 2014 cardboard, chipboard

LA based, Hollis Hart is a contemporary American artist focusing on installation and performance art. Hollis spends time collaboratively working with musicians, fellow visual and performance artists; public art installations as well as private exhibitions.



Kustaa Saksi

Kustaa Saksi and Gert Wingårdh, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 1120 stacks of paper, 44000 suspension points, 700000 A3 sheets. 2013.  Photographed by Photos by Tord-Rikard Söderström

Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi builds fantastical worlds of playful, paradoxical, troubling yet inviting shapes, environments and psychedelic atmospheres. Combining uniquely organic qualities with uniquely detailed textures with energetic color palettes, Kustaa’s clients include Sony, Microsoft, Nokia, Nissan, Vespa, Nike, Swarovski, Levi’s, Adidas, Lacoste and Issey Miyake.  Kustaa’s work has been extensively exhibited worldwide, most notably the Victoria & Albert Museum, Nike Showroom 1948, Main Post Office Gallery, Helsinki and City Hall in the Netherlands as well as many galleries from New York to Thailand.



Robert Seidel

Robert Seidel, Black Mirror, Projection and Sculpture, 2011. Soundtrack by Richard Eigner.  Commission for Young Projects, Los Angeles.

Robert Seidel began his studies in biology before transferring to the Bauhaus University Weimar to complete his degree in media design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, as well as at galleries and museums such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and LACMA to the Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honoured with various prizes, including the Kunst Film Biennale Cologne Honorary Award and Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

In his work,Seidel is interested in pushing the boundaries of abstracted beauty through cinematographic and science-based approaches. By the organic interplay of various structural, spatial and temporal concepts, he creates a continuously evolving complexity. Seidel lives and works in Berlin.
S. Astrid Bin

S. Astrid, A thousand means of escape

S. Astrid Bin is an artist and technologist. Her work spans a range of media and techniques, from installation and performance to computer code and electricity. She is mostly concerned with the beauty in the everyday, the poetry in things that surround us, and creating interesting things to look at, experience and listen to. She lives and works in London.
Simon Schubert  

Simon Schubert, Blind Space (Installation View III), 2013, Abtei Brauweiler. Photograph by Maurice Cox.

Simon Schubert lives and works in Cologne, Germany and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf.  Simon Schubert has shown in several solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the US and is represented by galleries in Cologne, Munich and New York City.




Visualpilots, Papercut Chandelier, Shadows Lounge, Kaserne Basel, 2013. (Installation View,Detail).

Visualpilots are a London-and Switzerland-based collective of creatives formed around the founders Christoph Thüer and Simon Haenggi. Their work combines elements of art, technology and design, creating immersive environments that engage the visitor and invite for exploration. Having extensive experience in commercial and artistic work, Visualpilots use each new engagement to push the boundaries of all disciplines involved to create surprising experiences and lasting memories.

SCOPE Basel runs from 16 – 21 June 2015.

There you have it, from paper planes to paper chandeliers, I hope you agree that paper is beautiful and can be used to delight, challenge and inspire. The next stop for the Paper View project is Miami.


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