Latest Trend: Paper Cuttings (01:03)
Cut outs are back! Artist Kako Ueda started cutting paper with no education or experience. She, Peter Callesen and Takaaki Kihara are a new breed of imaginative artists.
Paper Creations with a Story (00:41)
Denmark's Peter Callesen describes his creative evolution and progress.
Origins of Paper Cuttings (01:57)
Travel to Niigata Japan where Kako Ueda, and Takaaki Kihara discuss technique and the sensibility that informs their pieces. Takaaki is a structural engineer who was first intrigued by a book called "Origami Architecture."
Romantic and Melancholic Style (02:13)
Peter Callesen talks about the intricacy and symbolism of his paper cutouts, some of which appear to be trying to "escape" their drawing." Seemingly simple, a closer look reveals the painstaking detail in Callesen's work.
Contemporary Style (02:17)
Kako Ueda fuses intriguing themes with nature. Ueda shows us a piece called "Thinking of Death." A human skull is alive with imagery, as Ueda explains. Gallery owner George Adams discusses her work, which is ever-evolving.
George Adams Gallery (01:13)
Kako Ueda shows us around the Chelsea gallery that shows her work--we see "Tree of Life." Ueda talks about the power of scale in her paper cut outs.
Origamic Architecture (01:07)
Takaaki Kihara uses just one sheet of paper to create buildings/structures, examples of which are shown here. His influences are contemporary; beautiful shapes inspire his work.
Supportive Creative Environments (03:26)
Denmark's Peter Callesen works among other artists in a government sponsored building. He talks about his creative process and the inspiration he gets from the works of Hans Christian Andersen. Takaaki Kihara shows a paper cutout that is a replica of Japan's tallest structure. Peter Callesen discusses his work in progress, "Nature's Maze."
Dreams and Nightmares (03:02)
Kako Ueda attended high school in the U.S. but returned to Japan for a time before completing graduate school in N.Y. We learn the significance of the butterfly in her work and how it links her to her culture.
Kihara's Favorites (02:10)
Takaaki Kihara discusses the process of making a paper cut out of the Sydney Opera House. Artist Yuki Kihara shares her favorite Kihara piece: "Stardust."
Food for the Soul (02:20)
Callesen speaks at an interactive children's exhibition, Sky and Heaven. Children get a peek at "Hell" when they look through holes in a sculpted hillside. Hear closing comments from the artists featured in this film: Peter Callesen, Kako Ueda, and Takaaki Kihara.
Credits: Paper Imagination: All Things Paper (00:21)
Credits: Paper Imagination: All Things Paper
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