An exhibition entitled “Un-printed Material” held at the Creation Gallery G8 in Ginza, Tokyo, showcases three-dimensional outlines of paper created by the Japanese studio, Nendo. These virtual lines were not actually constructed by real paper, but by hand and a 3D printer instead. Nendo finds inspirations amongst all of the complex trivialities in everyday life. Through reconstituting and reshaping the essence from richness to simplicity, it surprises audience with the notion of “!”- lying within its creative artworks.

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

The exhibition was divided into three parts. In the first room, 30 sheets of A1-sized posters with black bold borders and edges in a folded or torn state were displayed in the open and white concrete space. This stark contrast creates a futuristic aura and stereoscopic impression. Each piece marks the existence of vestigial traits and every refined outline explicates the minimalistic sensuality to the fullest.

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

“Graphic designers use paper as a medium to express their ideas. Similarly, we wanted to work with paper but approach it from a different angle.”

Nendo, 2016.

Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

In the second showroom, 1mm-thick large postcard-sized papers with solid frameworks display the process of modification in different stages. Through presenting the quintessence of paper in lines and curves, rounding and stretching in various motions, the inconspicuous aesthetics of chartaceous texture were unveiled.

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

The final room features 3D objects like paper bags, milk cartons, paper cups, and origami figures, incorporating the timeless Japanese culture with subtle reified geometry. These vividly colourful designs add spice to the monochromatic exhibit.

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

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Un-printed material | Photography by Nendo

“We attempted to capture that unique essence of paper that we have all felt at one time or another.”

Nendo, 2016.

Extracting finer details from real ‘paper’ and transforming them into a replica, namely the ‘un-printed material’, gives artistic insight to stimulate imagination, or perhaps reignites our passion for print in the era of advanced technologies.

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Frame Publishers. 2016. Nendo’s exhibition Unprinted Material illustrates the expression of paper – News – Frameweb. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.frameweb.com/news/nendo-s-exhibition-unprinted-material-illustrates-the-expression-of-paper. [Accessed 25 November 2016].

nendo. 2016. nendo. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nendo.jp. [Accessed 25 November 2016].

“Un-Printed Material” By Nendo | iGNANT.com. 2016. “Un-Printed Material” By Nendo | iGNANT.com. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ignant.com/2016/11/02/un-printed-material-by-nendo/. [Accessed 25 November 2016].