Gallery One and a Half is pleased to present Horrorgami, the first solo show of paper engineer Marc Hagan-Guirey, aka Paper Dandy. This series is the culmination of a lifelong fascination with the macabre.
The exhibition consists of 13 original kirigami works, each one cut from a single sheet of paper. Each construction represents an iconic location taken from a cult horror movie, with subjects including The Overlook Hotel from The Shining, and 112 Ocean Avenue from The Amityville Horror.
Presented within light boxes, by night the silhouetted paper sculptures appear as spectral and ethereal as the buildings on screen. By day, the works exist in their pure white and tangible form – displaying an innocent and simple beauty and showing their physical construction. Through this duplicitous presentation, Hagan-Guirey juxtaposes the experience of viewing the work with the experience of watching horror films. Under the cloak of darkness, a horror film is at its most effective and potent but this power dissipates when viewed in the safety and familiarity of daylight.
This series encourages us to consider the artifice of fear, and its psychological construct.
Marc Hagan-Guirey was educated at the Manchester School of Art. He lives and works in London.