eric standley's laser cut paper windows capture the infinite eric standley's laser cut paper windows capture the infinite
aug 12, 2014

eric standley's laser cut paper windows capture the infinite

eric standley’s laser-cut paper windows capture the infinite
images courtesy of eric standley




influenced by geometry originating from gothic and islamic architecture, eric standley‘s paper cut windows capture an admiration for the infinite. the intricate stacked forms focus on the conceptual migration from the permanence and massiveness of stone to the fragility and intimacy of paper.

the formation of the overlay etchings sometimes took over four months




eric, an associate professor of studio art for the school of visual arts at virginia tech, created his craft by drawing his layers individually in vectors – these can take over four months to complete. then, each sheet is cut using a CNC laser with high resolution optics in order to fabricate in precise detail. most windows compile upwards of 140 overlaps of his chosen medium and are framed under clear acrylic for protection.

a CNC laser cutter was used to produce the comprehensive work




his designs are initially sketched and then the second form of drawing is completed by vectors on a computer. the focal point is on generating physical space from the negative area of his 2D layouts. the results are finely detailed, paper windows which have been stacked in order to achieve the delicate yet complicated finish.



each window is made up of over 140 paper layers


dioscuri – 23’x19′


the artwork focuses on the creation of negative space – 18’x18′


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