Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian

Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian Logical Aesthetic

A visual artist and graphic designer born in Ohio and now currently working in Bandung, Indonesia, Irfan Hendrian specializes in paper cutting, paper construction, print production and photography. His works have been widely exhibited in his home and abroad and he has worked for bands, art organizations, and the like to create clear visual communication. His works combine the use of pressed layers of paper and glue where some are carved and collaged along with silk and fabric. In these series, ‘Logical Aesthetic’ and ‘Record of the Past and Present’, some are minimal and others very complex. After layering paper with glue, he then dissects and exposes the paper to see how the fiber reacts and expresses itself naturally within the overall composition. A feeling that he describes as great, the ablity to lose control in how to compose and manifest paper.

Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian Logical Aesthetic

“Paper has been my main medium since I studied graphic design. I guess I like the simplicity of the material and its ability to be reformed efficiently, it is a technical challenge non the less. I was and still am a technical freak for printmaking, collage, packaging and bookbinding, when I entered art world I brought along and modified along the way these technique.” Irfan Hendrian

Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian Logical Aesthetic

Due to the myth in art world that paper is inferior to canvas because of its durability, he became obsessed in exposing paper as a strong material and his background in packaging and bookbinding shaped that perception as well. His solution for his artwork is to process paper like a plywood, stronger in layers just with glue and compression.

Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian Logical Aesthetic

His 2 months artist residency in Jeonju, South Korea helped me to incubate this idea. Jeonju has a long history in paper making (Hanji) and South Korean abstract modernism is heavily influenced by Mono-ha, a modern art movement focusing on materiality / spirit of material. Everything is up to the power and weakness of each fiber in millimeter square. I like to think it is like a sedimentation and a corrosion process in nature, the process happened as natural as possible.

Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian Record of the Past and Present

For me, paper is superior than canvas, the canvas doesn’t have a strong relevance to the image that appears on it. The image became the most important element in the art, the planar surface doesn’t affect much to the image. Whereas paper could be a planar image and also a material for object making, paper could express just itself as a material.

Minimal Carved and Layered Paper Reliefs by Irfan Hendrian Record of the Past and Present

images courtesy of Irfan Hendrian via submission

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