rogan brown


I don’t know what you were doodling while you were supposed to be listening in Biology 12, but I’m pretty sure I know what paper-cutting artist Rogan Brown was doing. Yep, this is imaginary, artsy science at it’s best! Petri dishes filled with layers and layers of intricately cut pretend science. Sigh. Gorgeous. Here are his words about this work:

“My work plays with the architecture of nature and organic growth. By identifying patterns and motifs that occur in the natural world in different contexts and at different scales, both macroscopic and microscopic, I have developed a formal, aesthetic vocabulary that I use to construct hybrid sculptural forms, half real, half surreal.”


comments (12)

  1. Cecile /// 12.08.2015 /// 5:39am

    How does he cut these? I doesn’t seem like an exacto knife would even get close in terms of precision… Jealousy doesn’t even describe my feelings at this point!

  2. Gretchen /// 12.08.2015 /// 6:26am

    Oh my, I love this. Truly a wonder!

  3. Joanne /// 12.08.2015 /// 8:34am

    Would you consider this to be Drawing?

  4. Rania /// 12.08.2015 /// 8:39am

    i have no words… you just dropped the microphone with this one!

  5. the jealous curator /// 12.08.2015 /// 8:47am

    from what i can find, he draws first (to plan, inspired by science) and then let’s his imagination take over for the cutting (he uses a scalpel and the pieces can take months to finish). rogan, if you read this, let us know! ; )

  6. Crystal Foth /// 12.08.2015 /// 9:28am

    holy cow those are amazing!

  7. Sister Hilda /// 12.08.2015 /// 11:15am

    Rogan may be a great person for the podcast since it would be fascinating to hear more about his process for this. Just amazing!

  8. Jen /// 12.08.2015 /// 8:29pm

    His site says that he combines hand cuts and laser cuts. These are stunning.

  9. the jealous curator /// 12.08.2015 /// 9:34pm

    ah, thanks jen!

  10. Joanne /// 12.09.2015 /// 2:35am

    It’s certainly a skill to be reckoned with!! I’ve been contemplating recently the notion of drawing and what it is or could be, a sound piece won a drawing prize a year or so ago, there were video and photographic entries also so why not a papercut? There is definitely a unique visual language and narrative to work, fascinating!

  11. Kenneth Morrison /// 12.12.2015 /// 11:45pm

    “hand cuts and laser cuts” out of what? just paper?i wonder what he uses to make the space between some of the layers….idk but either way 2 hands up for the macro and microscopic sculptures

  12. the jealous curator /// 12.13.2015 /// 9:25am

    yep… just paper (as far as i know from everything i read)