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An Argentine artist’s bespoke literary creations

Traditional tomes are transformed into striking sculptures

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An Argentine artist’s bespoke literary creations

December 12 2012
Christina Ohly Evans

Lovers of books, maps and other printed material will be in raptures on discovering the work of Argentine artist Ramon Lascano. His sculptural paper pieces, many of which he calls “fictions”, are comprised primarily of intricately folded pages of discarded encyclopedias; tomes often rendered redundant in today’s search-engine-focused world. His sculptures, wall-mounted pieces and free-standing architectural creations are made in a variety of sizes and finishes using everything from matte papers to ribbons of glossy photographs, and in a variety of colours that range from simple black-and-white text to blocks of brighter hues.

The geometric shapes capture light and shadow in interesting ways. There are smaller table-top objects (first picture) – orbs, diamonds, hexagons and ornaments in a variety of shapes (from $250) – to larger wall pieces that he calls Rectangles, Squares and Topographies ($1,500-$6,000), each involving intricate folds, slices and knots that are then mounted on plywood frames.

Lascano favours his custom creations best. “I love the challenge of executing what a client wants for a particular space,” he says. “From incorporating specific texts to book catalogues to colourful maps.” Particular authors or genres – from Chaucer to vintage sporting magazines – can inspire thematic pieces; Lascano will take direction and amass materials that fit with the subject. He is also happy to adapt pieces from his core collection, such as his Tower of Knowledge (second picture, price on request), which is comprised of seven refashioned texts stacked into one glorious column.

Lascano works and lives in the Hudson Valley, upstate New York. Any commission by him – most of which take three-to-four weeks to complete – will result in a bespoke work of art that brings a wittily wordy element to a neglected space.

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