LA-based artist Chris Natrop makes hand-cut, freehand paper pieces and installations that are mesmerizing and gorgeous. They remind me of utopian ladscapes, and also remind me of one of my favorite designers, Tord Boontje.
To see a gallery of his stunning installations, as well as to read about how LA affects his art, read more
In an interview with art.blogging.la he says,
What actually influences my work is my direct surroundings. My work changed a great deal since moving to Los Angeles from San Francisco 1 1/2 years ago. Coming right from a stint at the Headlands Center for the Arts on the coast of Northern California, I found LA to be a bit daunting at first, curiously disparate and seemingly disconnected. I wasn't used to driving everywhere, so I felt kind of disoriented. This overall perception found its way into the work. Different forms and structures began to emerge. I felt like I was finding the hidden essence to LA, a hidden substructure of peculiar relationships. I love how plant-life infiltrates and interacts with the city. How vines crawl up and descend from highways and overpasses. How towering weeds and grasses push themselves from the concrete, overtaking the hardened terrain. How LA's vast highway system pumps vehicles through huge stretches of a broadly anonymous city. Into the Silver See-Through is a place where the usual environment is stripped away from its substructure, allowing roads, vines, plants, streaking headlights, and glinting chrome to subtly coalesce into its own world.