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Installations that Celebrate Structure: Paul de Guzman

A small sculpture created from blue Lego blocks and a photograph of a buildingPerspective on Textile School, Lowell, Mass. diptych, digital c-print mounted on aluminum with UV laminate

Paul de Guzman creates installations that celebrate structure. His works have a collaged, somewhat unfinished aesthetic, often using books and architecture as their starting points.


In one recent installation series, Two sides of a flat surface are not the same, Paul uses the wooden skeleton of a stripped down wall as a kind of display case for smaller works, including photographs, altered books and small scraps of other construction materials.  More of these series can be seen on the artist’s website:

An installation created from desks, cut papers and other architectural detritusPedagogical Model for the Return of History, school desks, chairs, mobile, mylar, used pre-WWII postcards, rulers, clamps, A3 photocopies from architecture books

The theme of architecture seems to run through a lot of Paul’s works. Many of his art pieces reflect blueprints and house plans, while others are more focused on line and shape but are easy to interpret as the form of large buildings or skyscrapers. I really enjoy the way he does this in his book works, altering pages to create overlapping nets of straight lines that echo architecture on a much smaller, more closely examined scale. 

A detail view of an installation with a small piece of a picture frame placed in an unfinished wallTwo Sides of a Flat Surface are Not the Same, (detail view) found architectural tin ceiling fragment 

A screen capture of Paul de Guzman's art

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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