17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

To most of us, the boundaries of origami are pretty well established: You have your cranes, your elephants, and your paper footballs. But hundreds of artists around the world use origami as a technical framework for making original art—and now, 88 of those artists are getting a high-profile show of their work.

At New York's Cooper Union this month, an exhibit called Surface to Structure will bring together nearly one hundred pieces of contemporary origami, ranging from fashion to animals to avant-garde art. The exhibition was funded on Indie Go-Go, and it's a tribute to the school's famed 1959 origami exhibition, Plane Geometry and Fancy Figures—the first origami exhibition to ever be staged in the US. The idea behind Surface to Structure is to show how the artform has evolved since.

The opening is this Thursday, June 19, 7–10PM, and the show will remain on view until July 3rd. Check it out if you're in NYC, but if not, here are a few highlights.


17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Event Horizon," 2013, by Byriah Loper, USA.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Shakti," by Joel Cooper, 2013, USA.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Rabbits in Motion," designed by Ronald Koh, Folded by Ng Boon Choon of Singapore/Malaysia.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Kiwi," designed by Bernie Peyton of the USA.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Diamond Crystal Lattice," 2013, by Jeannine Mosely, USA.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding


"St. Michael, The Archangel," by Vietnamese artist Tran Trung Hieu.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Crystallization," 2010, by Hana Coufalová, Czech Republic.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Ciérbol," 2013, by Victor Coeurjoly, Spain.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Freeform Origami Corrugation (Nudibranch)," by Tomohiro Tachi, Japan.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"South African Lion," by gachepapier, from Belgium/Germany.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Fluid Dynamic," 2013, by Richard Swee­ney, UK.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Constrained Bowl," 2012, by Linda Smith, USA.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Gorilla," by Nguyen Hung Cuong of Vietnam.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Lion," by Hoang Tien Quyet of Vietnam

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Vole," by Bernie Peyton of the USA.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

By Evan Zodl.

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

"Flying Mantis," by Brian Chan of the USA.

All pieces photographed by Christopher Bierlein.