Peter Callesen

Published August 31, 2009 by Molly


The bulk of Peter Callesen’s work is crafted from regular A4 sheets of paper– what he calls “probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today.” The simplicity of the material belies a meticulous technique that the artist wields in order to form spiders, birds, skeletons, cages, and, memorably, a tableau of hell from the stuff everyone else uses as scratch paper.

Callesen, who lives and works in Copenhagen, grounds his work in the assertion that “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.”


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