These amazing plywood art pieces are created in a small work area by Gabriel Schama and his laser cutter Elsie. His work really took off after a successful Kickstarter a few years ago.
Via a great profile in In the Make:
We visited Gabriel at his Inner Sunset home studio, which really is just a corner in his bedroom with a desk tucked into it. His work doesn’t demand much space; he just needs a desk large enough to accommodate his essential cutting mat and necessary materials: glue, paper, a ruler, and an X-acto knife. To put it plainly, what Gabriel requires to bring his intricate and layered pieces into existence is pretty barebones and ordinary. I mean if ever there was a no-fuss operation, this was it. This minimal, matter-of-fact sensibility so readily expressed in Gabriel’s space and tools came through in other ways as well. While talking with Gabriel it became apparent that in both method and philosophy, he embraces a clear-cut and streamlined approach. Implicit significance, complex thematic threading, and abstract concepts are not at the heart of his current work. Instead, he chooses to avoid the issue of meaning altogether by focusing wholeheartedly on the physical and practical nature of his process. Recently, he enjoys making art within a set of logistical limitations and has found that restrictive frameworks have actually pushed his creativity and practice, allowing for a rush in progress and productivity. I don’t necessarily believe that Gabriel’s work is devoid of meaning or subtext, or that he doesn’t sometimes find himself tangled up in a knot of notions concerning his art— but he has made a choice to come at his work from a frank and pragmatic point of view, and in this way has opted to bypass discussions and explanations about ideas that he isn’t so sure have a place in his work. And that’s more than fair— Gabriel essentially just wants to make beautiful work, and he does exactly that. I just can’t help thinking that with titles like “The Materialization of Wonder” there’s got to be a bit more going on than just aesthetics, but that’s because I want to believe every title has a story.
Check out his Instagram for the latest and greatest.
• Gabriel Schama (via Colossal)
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