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Peter Callesen  Copenhagen, Denmark

'Distant Wish'
'Looking back'

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About Peter

Lately I have worked almost exclusively with white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. 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. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.

The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.

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"We've all tried our hand at basic origami, and perhaps even cut out a strand of gingerbread men using folded sheets of paper for Christmas, but Callesen takes these same skills to an entirely different level, turning a single white sheet of paper into a museum-worthy sculptural object."

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"Really like the concept."


"Amazing. He can handcraft very well! Every little detail is beautiful."


":) a very nice idea."

"really gud move...."


"all i need to say is... W.O.W"

"this is very intriguing... amazing how you can cut such delicate details."

"cool how can i get one"

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