Vance Houston
SPARKS, Nevada

A self-taught Origami artist, Vance Houston has created his own folding technique, which he uses to construct his complex and intricate sculptures. He classifies his work as “Paper Engineering.” Each work is made up of thousands of sheets of paper, which he folds and then assembles together through a process of weaving. His work relies on mathematics, geometry and symmetry to achieve the final structure. The pieces form as he creates them, building upon each initial shape to become increasingly multidimensional. The final pieces have a molecular, futuristic quality, projecting a sense of possibility, or thoughts of something infinite. From every angle you view the sculptures they take on a new form. There is an element of surprise, both in their blueprint-free construction, and the ability take on a new meaning each time you rotate the work. The interweaving process mirrors Vance’s view on art. When asked why he doesn’t have a studio he responds, “my life is art and it consumes my world. Having a studio infers that you only work and create in that particular space.”

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Intersecting Cubes in Origami

Sculpture on paper


32" h x 12" w 
1 lbs. 2 oz.


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This sculpture contains roughly 2,050 sheets of hand folded 3"x3" paper. The design begins with a cubic variation that exists within a 3x3 cubic grid. 8 of these are mirrored off of each other to make a larger cube. I then intersected 4 of these larger cubes to create the final design. This sculpture is one of my favorites because it was one of the most challenging for me to make at the time of its completion. For the most part the piece is hollow, so you can see through open windows which reveals a much more intricate inside filled with negative spaces. This sculpture was constructed with my self created base-fold and no adhesives were used to create this artwork. The sculpture is freestanding and does not need a support system of base for display. 


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Paper is a very common surface for all types of artwork, including photography, printmaking, drawing and painting. Art paper varies in thickness and color. Read the notes section to learn more about the paper used to create this artwork. If not noted as framed, most paper artwork will require framing.


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