Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen uses just a one sheet of paper to create these small white sculptures.


Formed from a single sheet and just a small amount of glue they are a transformation from something simple and mundane into an interesting 3-dimensional structure.

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The most interesting sculptures in my opinion are those in which the empty space left behind becomes part of the work, such as in The Short Distance Between Time and Shadow above and Closet which very cleverly creates a cupboard from the silhouette of nightmarish monsters.


Aptly named On The Other Side uses a red backed sheet of A4 to depict Jesus’ crucifixion, perhaps the title refers not only to the coloured paper but also to Jesus’ 3 day absence. The details of the nails and the hints of a crown of thorns as well as the folded corner emphasising the duality of the piece make this my favourite.

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Keeping with the Christian theme Transparent God depicts a large humanoid figure constructed from numerous smaller people is possibly Callesen hinting at the wonder and mystery of an Omnipresent God. Though not visible directly the works of God are carried out in us, his presence on earth seen through his people.

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In addition to A4 Callesen creates larger projects, Erected Ruin measuring in at more than 1 meter long. It disappointed me to realise that at least some of the sculptures are probably cut on a printer.

Should the method in which art is created matter? Well the artists original will always be the embodiment of the works meaning, a print far less desirable than an original painting. Often the methodology employed by an artist is integral to understanding character. In this particular instance obviously the structure and ideas are Peter’s but part of the fascination of these models is certainly how they were created. If they were sculpted from clay or from a 3D printer they would be nothing special, and I feel that using an algorithm on a computer to decide how they are constructed falls in to the same category.

Many of the pieces, however, are of course still fun, interesting and significative, the website definitely worth a visit.


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