Daniel Agdag - Sketching with Cardboard

Daniel Agdag on sculpting with cardboard:

"It began as pure necessity. I had a small space to work in and it was a very convenient. I just needed a blade, a ruler, some cardboard and a cutting mat."

"I did fine art originally but I majored in photography and I minored in painting so I wasn't making anything sculptural. I went back to school after a period and did filmmaking but the cardboard is something that is very much self-taught.

The very first model I made was a traffic light. It was a very complex traffic light and I really liked the cables and junction boxes.

I don't draw; I intuitively cut the cardboard and begin with a general idea of what I want to make. From that the proportions develop themselves and I find myself chopping and changing pieces in and out, then it pretty much forms in front of me. That's why I describe it as 'sketching with cardboard,' because it's not planned."

"I mainly use an actual surgical scalpel that doctors use, and number 11 blades. I also use a very standard hobby knife and that's pretty much it: just a couple of blades, a pair of scissors, and a metal ruler to cut straight lines."

Daniel Agdag Portrait

"I love the fact that I can work in a small space with it. I actually like the limitation of the material because I find that alleviates any limitation I have in my imagination. Because the material is so pliable and so useful, I can create anything I want and I like the fact that I don't need fancy equipment or tools to manipulate the creations that I want to make. I like the accessible nature of it."

Daniel Agdag Empire

On memory and imagination:

"I don't have a photographic memory but I do have a strong attention to detail.

When I walk around a city I'll look at the details: I'll look at the pipe work or a little junction box--all sorts of things, and I retain those little elements."

Daniel Agdag Building

"When I build these little sculptures, in my mind, there's a very clear logic as to why all of the parts are in the position they're in.

They build up slowly so one part leads to another. I don't plan it; I just start with an element that I really like.

There's a level of aesthetics and also a logic to the pieces so they're not just aesthetically driven.

Certain buildings might have characteristics of one building and another and I bring those together to make a unique building. There are elements from different parts of the world that come together and I sort of conjure up what I'm making."

Daniel Agdag Empire

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