Felix Semper’s Paper Sculptures | Art Loft 807 Segment

They can’t believe that it just does this. If you touch it, I mean, it’s solid. And then all of a sudden, it becomes something
else, it expands, and it moves, and it gives you that idea of flexibility, of movement. And that’s what I was trying to achieve when
I made this, you know. And not just the top, it goes all the way
up to the bottom. Somehow I’ve been able to change the way that
we perceive sculpture. It entertains, it excites. Hi, my name is Felix Semper, and I am an artist. My first paper sculpture, I glued solid. And I said, “How am I gonna prove this is
paper?” Took me about a year to kind of come up with
the whole system, and once that happened, that first sculpture, I took it to New York,
and I went to Washington Square Park, and I just kind of messed around with people. I just wanted to get people’s feedback and
reactions. It started going viral. Most of my stuff is recycled paper, and I
try to do that as much as I can. So, what I do is, I take sheets of paper,
individual sheets of paper, glue them in stacks, and then I cut them to about the size that
I think the sculpture is going to be, and then I start carving it. So all this process is eliminating paper. It’s kind of like the original technique of
sculpting, but in a different method. I’m using paper versus, you know, stone or
any other medium. But the fun part about it is that I paint
it and give it the original look. So a lot of times you can’t really tell if
it’s paper or what we’re talking about. I was invited to a dinner, you know, like
a wine dinner. And then I brought this bottle with me. And you know, everybody brought their own
bottle and stuff, you know, so I walk in like this and they say “Wow, you got a nice French
bottle right there.” And I say “Yes, it’s Bordeaux, man. Here let me”. And they go like that, they were freaking
out, they went crazy. Things that inspire me are things that are
around me. I made a Lay’s potato chip bags, and then
ASAP Rocky bought it, and then, you know, all these celebrities started talking, so
it’s just kind of exploded that way. So it involves painting, it involves sculpture,
and it involves performance art, because I take these pieces and I go into the public. I open them and show them what it does. So it becomes a performance art. This is my new series. This is actually I finished this not long
ago. This is a flexible wood sculpture. So I said, “I’m going to make a wood “that
I can twist and turn.” And it goes in any direction. And then, of course he has a hat that is flexible. I went to a place where it had, like, old
junk stuff, and this old TV was just sitting around there. When I saw the TV, it was from the 1950s,
I said, “I wonder how many people watching it, “like, what was the most famous show back
in the day, “you know, that kids loved?” So I was, you know, I did some research and
it was, you know, Howdy Doody. So I said, “I bet I can put Howdy Doody “in
there in black and white.” And I wanted just kind of bring it you kind
of mix all kinds of mediums together, so I develop a motor, and put it inside, and Howdy
Doody comes up, remote control, and, you know, he expands. That’s what this art does, it engages the
viewer, not only to look, but to participate. You know, it just keeps evolving, and that’s
the beauty about this art. I think it expands your mind, because you
don’t, you know, you’re looking at an object that is solid and all of a sudden this object
does something else. I can do anything, I think, with paper.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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