Eric Standley


Eric Standley, an artist based in Virginia, overlapped a number of laser cut papers and made it an atmosphere like a stained glass. Each work which I conceived, painted, and talked over over several months, uses over 100 sheets of paper. His inspiration is felt when seeing the Gothic style and the decoration of Islamic architecture. You can see the work of Standley on his website.

As far as I see the picture, it looks like a needle of safety pin, it looks only metal. To a wonderful work, goose bumps are essential.
Associate Professor Eric Standley plays an important role in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, where he serves as the coordinator of Foundations of Art and Design, the program that teaches first-year students in the School of Visual Arts essential skills in Creativity, conceptual sensitivity, drawing and design. Standley draws upon his own experiences as a fine artist to instill “creative leadership,” in his students, which he defines as blend of creativity, technical skill, and command of visual culture.
Standley’s artwork is truly cutting edge, with layer upon layer of intricately laser-cut sheets of paper forming a rich, colorful, and detailed whole. He is a pioneer in the techniques used to create his art, which recently started an international buzz with art Collectors, blogs, and media, including Wired Magazine UK, Metaal Magazine Netherlands, and Discovery Canada.

His vector drawings were initially inspired by the geometry in Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation. The pieces are painstakingly assembled from laser-cut paper layered to create elaborate 3-D works of art. Often these works are created using well over 100 layers of paper and The result is so intricately detailed that the part must be viewed from multiple perspectives to be fully appreciated.

His work has evolved over the last five years as he continually pushes the envelope by testing the capacity of the laser optics and the color of the optics and the wooven together with the mathematical precision to create his art, combining 12th century architectural aesthetics with contemporary technology. Paper, often creating cuts with such shape that finished shape is finer than the actual thickness of the sheet of paper.

It is a mental exercise that he compares to playing chess while thinking seven moves ahead. In designing his pieces, Standley envisions three to seven layers of paper at one time, picturing how they will.

His cut-paper drawings have appeared in more than 40 exhibitions over the past two years, including the Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, LaGrange Art Museum, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and the Taubman Museum of Art. He is represented by the Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; ADA Gallery in Richmond, Va .; and Mulherin + Pollard in New York City.

Standley received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design.