Peter Callesen is a Paper Magician

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The Painter III by Peter Callesen (2008)
The Painter III by Peter Callesen (2008)
(Image © Peter Callesen)

Can a plain A4 sheet of paper animate tragedies and comedies? Peter Callesen’s hands can. With his technical brilliance and his subtle instinct for the fragility and bewitching potential of human life as well as of the material, he carves meaningful stories out of something as ordinary as the white paper from the printer tray. (Anni Nørskov Mørch)

A large part of Peter Callesen’s work is made from A4 sheets of paper. And, it is simply mind-boggling what this man can do with a sheet of A4 paper. Despite the fact that it is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today, Callesen believes 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 his creations, he gives us a material that we are all able to relate to, but that at the same time one that is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. And, what he manages to achieve…

I think he is a paper magician.

Down the River II by Peter Callesen

Down the River II by Peter Callesen
Down the River II by Peter Callesen
(Images © Peter Callesen)
The Painter by Peter Callesen
The Painter by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)
Running the Fire II by Peter Callesen
Running the Fire II by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)
Half Way Through by Peter Callesen
Half Way Through by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)

Boat II by Peter Callesen

Boat II by Peter Callesen
Boat II by Peter Callesen
(Images © Peter Callesen)
Eismeer by Peter Callesen
Eismeer by Peter Callesen
(Image © Peter Callesen)

If you would like to see more of Peter Callesen’s magical paper works, I urge you to check out his website here. Apparently, he will be exhibiting at the City of Architecture in Paris during October of this year!

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Comments (24)

Love Love Love… they are amazing…. I especially love the Painter….

Isn’t it amazing how such a simple medium can be made into something so beautiful and intricate?

That’s awesome. I’d be interested to see what he could do with Kozo paper!

Oooh! – great idea. That would be cool to see!

Brilliant ! just brilliant!

Right up our alley, isn’t it, C?

Hi Syd. I just did a workshop with another paper artist Benja Harney who is absolutely amazing too.
http://paperform.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/slashies-documentary/
He has a solo exhibition coming up at NG Gallery in November. Cheers Sue

Hi Sue – how fab’ for you! I did a post about Benja (here) back in March. His work is wonderful.

Oh! I remember seeing that now, that’s incredible. He is soooo sweet and patient. I love paper! but give me paint I’m too clumsy. Besides my hairdresser said I should never be allowed to play with scissors!

Ooooh – there’s a story there… Do tell!

Yay! Yeah! – Go paper!

…Am I really doing a paper dance, DT?

Do the paper dance – I will!

Ha! Maybe we can start a global trend?

Yes – and we can measure our success by the number of hits we get on youtube 😉 If we get big enough the world is ours!

Choreographing as we speak…

Good – my dance skills are not up to par – so I need a choreographer. . . I can do the props hehe

This is amazing! Wow.

He’s clever, isn’t he?

Wonderful and so unique.

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