Artist Simon Schubert, from Cologne, Germany, is known for his creation of labyrinthine images of homes and palaces simply by folding plain white sheets of paper. These folds create a relief of just a few millimeters, catching the light at different angles to create detailed pictures of architectural spaces. Schubert graduated from the academy of Fine Arts Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. He considers Samuel Beckett and Edgar Allan Poe as his biggest influences. Loneliness, isolation, loss and disappearance are the reoccurring issues in his paper works and sculptures. In his paper works, Schubert folds and creases the sheets in an extraordinary technique, adding a plastic quality to the plain paper without any graphical aid. The three-dimensionality of the picture is a result of a special technique. It is amazing how in different lighting, like the changing of daylight, the pictures change from nearly vanishing into an illusion of space and three-dimensionality.
The work below by Dezeen comprises 100 sheets of paper folded to resemble a fictional old house that was constructed in a CAD program, assembled as though the viewer chases a ghostly figure – in reality, a flat area of paper – through the paper mansion. On the other hand, the still images depict the Berlin Stadtschloß, a former baroque royal palace in the center of Berlin that was torn down when the east of the city was divided from the west.
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