Fall 2001

The Paper Sculpture Show

The magazine takes shape

Matt Freedman

In my mind’s eye I can see what I want: a magazine that turns into a sculpture garden. Instead of just sitting there in your easy chair thumbing through one copy out of thousands of duplicate copies, you are here asked to get up and dance with the magazine, so to speak. Five paper sculptures have been thought up for you by five benevolent and generous artists, now figuratively hovering over your shoulders even as did your pipe-smoking dada while you completed your flyable wood airplane.

Going from the flat to the real is a long and difficult trip for a piece of paper to take, and, since so much is riding on your shoulders (and who knows how deft and reliable you are?), it is by no means a safe or predictable one. We have therefore enlisted the services of Jonathan Ames to go first onto the thin ice: He has built (or has attempted to build) the pieces in Cabinet’s testing laboratories in Nevada and has filed a report. As I write this he has not yet begun his labors, so I don’t know how things went for him. I hope it all worked out nicely.

Whether you take a knife to these pages and try to create your own Cabinet sculpture park, or you prefer to maintain the projects in their current pristine and archival virtual state of unlimited potential is up to you, of course. But who could resist?

Matt Freedman is an artist based in New York.

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