Installations that Celebrate Structure: Paul de Guzman
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: www.pauldeguzman.com.
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.