Matt Shlian


As a paper engineer, my work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifest in drawing and three dimensional forms. I use my engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan. We work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. Our investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.

Matt Shlian


Matt Shlian (American, born in 1980)

Sélection d’expositions:
2017 Islamic Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, Sharjah, UAE
2017 Telemetry Solo Show, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers FL
2017 Paper.Works Group Exhibition, Arvada Center, Denver, CO
2017 Art and Design in and out of Paper Group Show, LIGHT + ART DESIGN, Chapel Hill, NC
2017 IFPDA Fine Art Print Faire Exhibition, Presented by Tamarind Institute, New York, NY
2017 SOFA Chicago Exhibition, Presented by Michael Warren Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2017 Black and White Group Exhibition, Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, CO
2016 Chirality Solo Show, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC
2016 Solo Show, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2016 Solo Show, Thomas Riley Studio, Naples, FL
2016 25th Anniversary Group show, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI
2016 Cut up/ Cut out Group Show, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2016 Paper Biennial Rijswijk Group Show, Rijswijk Museum, Netherlands
2015 Telemetry Solo Show, Michael Warren Contemporary Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 Refractive Group Show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2015 Flipbook Show Group Show, Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC
2015 Spring Show Group Show, Thomas Riley Studio, Naples, FL
2015 Rock Paper Scissors 2 person Show with Wally Dion, 330g Gallery, Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada
2014 Recent works in Paper Solo Show, Haystack Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
2014 Apophenia Solo Show, Diboll Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans. LA
2014 Surface to Structure: Folded Forms Juried Show, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2014 Stacked and Folded 2 person show with Li Hongbo, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI
2014 Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium Group Show, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
2014 Paper-made Group Show, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, RI
2014 Paper Exhibition, Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, CO 
2014 Materials Group Show, SCIN Gallery, London, UK
2014 BURST Group Show, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Fold, Paper, Scissors Group Show, MESA Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ
2014 Black and White Group Show, LIGHT + ART DESIGN, Chapel Hill, NC
2014 Making paper dance: the art of pop up books Group show, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI
2013 Pulp Culture Group Show, Art Center Sarasota, FL
2013 Creased Group show Kinokuniya Bookstore, NYC
2013 Art Bodensee Gallery show- rep. Victor Lope, Austria
2013 OFF Art Fair Gallery show- rep. Victor Lope, Brussels
2013 PEAKED Group Show, Craftland Gallery, Providence, RI
2013 Surface Group Show, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Crease Fold and Bend Group Show, Lafayette College, PA
2013 Unpredictable Paperworks Exhibition, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
2013 Paper Exhibition, MONA Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2013 Paper Exhibition, Victor Lope Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2013 2nd Annual Penland Artists Group Show, LIGHT +ART DESIGN, Chapel Hill, NC
2013 Penland Auction Auction, Penland, NC
2012 Ghostly: of art and artifice Group Show, Art Directors Club, NYC
2012 Born of Folding Group show, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida
2012 Popierukas Group Show, FOUR ARTS, Lithuania
2012 Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue Group show, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2012 Proportion Scale Group Show, Butter Projects, Royal Oak, MI
2012 Carved Complexities Group Show, Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2012 Spatial Shift Group Show, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI