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Small sculpture

The sculptures in this body of work are made out of cut multicolored construction paper and Elmer’s glue. While the sculptural ensembles stand on the floor, these much smaller works are meant to be held in one's hands, spinned and rotated like Rubik’s cubes; they can stand on the horizontal surface or be perched on the wall. 

In the adjacent room to the main studio Gladkova has gradually amassed leftover construction paper in various colors. She started playing with these works while taking a break from the big ensembles, gluing one sheet of paper to the other, folding, cutting, adding new colors and subtracting them. As the layers of paper and glue fortified the paper configurations, she turned them inside out. She twisted the ends of the paper surfaces creating a Möbius strip. She cut and rearranged the pieces in different combinations until she arrived at a “solution” – a play of angles and colors that worked as a whole.

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Square route
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
8x16x15 inches

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Pont du Gard
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
9x9x16 inches

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Paper never forgets a crease
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
6x13x15 inches

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How to fold a gondola
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
12x14x10 inches

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Philidor position
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
10x14x10 inches

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Straight lines make a curve
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
12x13x10 inches

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Short circuit
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
9x18x12 inches

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Nautilus shell
Colored construction paper, Elmer's glue
8x15x14 inches

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