Artist Matt Shlian is great at screwing up. A self-described papercraft engineer, Shlian designs stunning 3-D paper sculptures that fall somewhere between origami, pop-up books, and Minimal Art -- many of them happy accidents.
Sometimes "I begin with an idea for movement and try to achieve that shape or form somehow," he tells us. "Along the way something usually goes wrong and a mistake becomes more interesting than the original idea and I work with that instead."
His website doesn't say much, but "artist-engineer" Elod Beregszaszi is clearly some kind of micro-detailed savant when it comes to papercraft art. His delicate creations -- from simple Christmas ornaments to dizzying multi-layered compositions -- look like they require the precision of a laser and the patience of a saint.
In the year since the Museum of Art and Design reopened in its new digs on Columbus Circle, they've been delivering consistently compelling shows--from punk-rock lace to radical knitting experiments. The newest, "Slash: Paper Under the Knife", opened last weekend and runs through April 4, 2010.