When viewing RAW:Pittsburgh artist Theodore Bolha
's work at a glance, you wouldn't expect that his only tools are an X-acto and paper. With real precision, and a true knack for the knife, he constructs what artists typically utilize as a surface for art, into the art itself.
With a background in graphic design, Bolha has used his eye for shape and color, to take paper where it's rarely taken -- giving a medium as flimsy and one-dimensional as paper a tactile, fluid, and illustrative quality.
"At first, I wasn't sure why paper had such an appeal to me," says Bolha, "but the more I thought about it the more I realized that it has something to do with my graphic design background using vectors. Paper, to me is the 'physical vector,' if you will."
Looking at his work, you are amazed at what you can do with paper. And while you're stuck admiring, you are reminded of the material's very fleeting presence in our ever-changing society.
"Paper itself plays one of the biggest roles in inspiring my concepts now," states Bolha.
"Thinking about where it comes from, its structure and fragility, its uses and the future of paper in our society, how dependent on paper civilization had to be in order for us to get to where we are today. It's very fitting to compare civilization to a bee hive when we think about the relationship we've had with paper."
View more of his work on his site
and at The Gallery 4
See his incredible pieces live at RAW:Pittsburgh presents GENERATION
! THURSDAY | MARCH 7 | 8PM | CAVO