An Argentine artist’s bespoke literary creations

Traditional tomes are transformed into striking sculptures

Lovers of books, maps and other printed material will bein 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 foldedpages of discarded encyclopedias; tomes often rendered redundant in today’ssearch-engine-focused world. Hissculptures, wall-mounted pieces and free-standing architectural creations are madein a variety of sizes and finishes using everything from matte papers toribbons of glossy photographs, and in a variety of colours that range fromsimple black-and-white text to blocks of brighter hues.

The geometric shapes capture light and shadow ininteresting ways. There are smaller table-top objects (first picture) – orbs, diamonds, hexagons and ornaments in avariety 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.

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

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

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