Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Matthew Sporzynski and Paper Sculpture

While recently flipping through a REAL SIMPLE magazine to cut it up for collages, I came across the work of Matthew Sporzynski, a paper sculptor who creates commissioned work for the magazine. His work is intricate and beautiful, often only using one color for the construction, creating a strong emphasis on line, volume and the texture of the paper he uses. What strikes me as interesting about his work is its connection with a magazine titled REAL SIMPLE. The magazine, and its accompanying website boasts "life made easier every day" and is full of simple solutions or creative ideas for many aspects of life, primarily geared towards women. Main topics include Food and Recipes, Home and Organizing, Beauty and Fashion, Holidays and Entertaining, Health, and a section on balancing Work and Life. All of these categories are full of ways of making one's existence more streamlined, efficient and beautiful, while keeping complications and mess to a minimum. Sporzynski's paper seems to fit in this mix, but fits strangely.
In one way, these paper creations are the essence of simplicity. Simple colors. Simple objects presented. Simple materials. These colors, objects and materials are also utilized both skillfully and beautifully, highlighting another main goal of the magazine, and bringing artistry into the cover pages of the different sections of the magazine, and embodying some of the essential values of the publication as it does so.
At the same time, these pieces seem an odd choice. The magazine, despite its appreciation of beauty and purity of construction also values a careful use of time and effort, and gives its readers some clear insights into how to limit complications in their lives. Commissioning art which portrays simple scenes and objects but does so in a which so utterly complicated manner seems odd. In their small paragraph on the REAL SIMPLE website, they introduce his work with the quip, "we don't know how he does it either." There's no sort of suggestions on how to get started doing paper construction yourself, or "how to" section like everywhere else in the magazine. These objects are purely something to look at and be impressed by. Is this as strange as I think it is? Or is it just fueling our culture's stubborn love of paper in an increasingly digital world?


  1. No, that is an oddity. Forgive the bluntness of my statement.

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