When I first saw Daniele Papuli’s work, I though I was looking at a peaceful lake of silk or a gentle waterfall of colors.
Surprise! What I saw was actually an installation made of 10,000 strips of paper.
The Milan-based artist has been working with paper since a trip to Berlin in 1993 when he learned Cartoframma, this eccentric way of manipulating paper. In Daniele’s words: “I proceed more like an explorer than like a designer, transferring and amplifying some images and suggestions of a design path undertaken on paper.”
He then adds another layer to his project by combining a performance element, dance, with the sculptural work. This mix enhances our experience and makes for an intriguing exhibit called “Frame Cartoframma.”
The results is an illusion of fluidity given by the rippling effect that the artist creates using strips of paper. It’s a surreal experience, like finding yourself in waves that flow and expand across the exhibit area. MAGIC.