I first came across Marc Hagan-Guirey’s (aka Paper Dandy’s) kirigami craft when I stumbled upon his Horrorgami Exhibition back in November 2012. It had topped the Time Out list of things to see that weekend and I have been in awe of his intricate paper cutting and folding skills ever since.
For his latest exhibition, Cut Scene, he created 12 kirigami models inspired by Star Wars. Each scene is cut from a single sheet of paper and shows an iconic moment from the original films. This time however the coverage of Paper Dandy’s work has been on a much wider scale, everyone from the BBC to Wired magazine have been trying to get a piece of the action.
I was especially excited about seeing the work this time round, as I had sponsored Paper Dandy’s exhibition on Kickstarter and one of the rewards for doing so was to be able to attend the private viewing of the exhibition prior to it’s official opening night!
The exhibition took place at 5th Base Gallery, Heneage Street, London. Now I’m not really a fan of Star Wars (yep, okay I said that out loud) but I have seen all the films (the original ones anyway) so I took hubby along with me as he was keen to see more of Paper Dandy’s work, as well as being a Star Wars fanatic himself.
We were greeted upon our arrival by a group of storm troopers – which got people’s attention straight away…my hubby was almost star struck!
We headed inside to see the exhibition and we were by no means disappointed. The models were mind-blowing. The level of detail within each piece was astounding and in the words of my hubby, ‘This dude is a genius’.
The preview was packed full with people itching to get a look at these amazing creations. I cannot even begin to get my head around the planning process to create these scenes, let alone the patience needed to cut and fold the paper.
Each model was displayed in a coloured light box on the walls of the intimate gallery space. (My photos just don’t do these models justice. They have to be seen to be believed!) Hubby was happy to give me a running commentary about each Cut Scene, in fact, I think he was more excited than I was – for me this was paper porn and for him Star Wars porn! The perfect art exhibition for us both to attend.
We both cannot wait for Paper Dandy’s next exhibition, as he’s already planning the ideas for his next one!
If you’re interested in his work then check out these links to find out more: