Cubanda

Cubanda

 

Whatever seems impossible, the Portuguese artist Paulo Barreto (1950, Vila Real) can accomplish using paper. Like shaping a ball from a single sheet of paper, or the 'Cubanda', a cube which you can turn inside out without any cutting or pasting. The 'Cubanda' is made from a single sheet of paper, and that is what the title refers to: on the one hand it refers to 'cube', on the other to 'line'. 

Barreto makes a special edition of the Cubanda in cooperation with the TU/e Art Commission. Displayed on the surfaces are images of some geometrical works of art from the TU/e collection: the 'Ring of Möbius', the floor reliefs by Ad Dekkers, Margot Zandstra's 'Turbulence', the 'Alfabet' by Dom Hans van der Laan, and the 'Cubic Vaulted Cross' by Jan Slothouber and William Graatsma.  

Paulo Barreto

It all starts in 1976 when Barreto, then living in the town of Deurne, makes a bus journey from Bergeijk to Eindhoven and is busy crumpling paper. He goes on this way after spending some years (early 1980s) at the Eindhoven Academy of Industrial Design. He has in the meantime developed into an accomplished paper folding artist, taking part in the Holland Paper Biennale of 2002. Barreto himself calls his three-dimensional constructions 'discoveries', because: "If you want to create something new, you must discover it, you can't conceive it beforehand". Barreto is an exploring artist, finding support in a considerable mathematical skill. Beside the 'Cubanda' he discovers a new line, the 'Diaradix', an intermediate between the diagonal and orthogonal.