German artist Andreas Kocks creates paper installations like I have never seen before. In Kocks’ nimble hands, paper – the dry, thin, pliable medium which most of us use to create art upon – transforms into a seemingly liquified material and explodes over entire rooms – the walls, floors and even ceiling.
Kocks, who resides in New York City and Munich, has totally re-purposed the medium of paper. Using thick watercolor paper, he carves sweeping curves as well as intricate lace-like patterns. He also runs graphite or paint over the paper surfaces. Layers of these specially prepared papers, forming a complex surface, are then attached to the walls. The results are breathtaking.
In Kocks’ world, paper itself functions as line and shape. It is not confined to the picture plane but rather the space of a room. Layered waves of graphite coated paper slosh on the walls. Paper cutouts colonize the wall as naturally as moss grows in a forest.