Eric Standley’s Work


Eric Standley (b. 1968) is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Virginia Tech. He received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has exhibited in over ninety museums and galleries around the world. His artworks are a part of the permanent collections of the Palace of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the Scherenschnittmuseum, Vreden, Germany, and The Zupi Collection, São Paulo, Brazil.

Eric is represented by Victori + Mo Contemporary of New York City, the Marta Hewett Gallery of Cincinnati, OH and Media Force of Tokyo Japan. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel of Canada, Luxe TV, Luxembourg and Mezamashi National TV of Japan. Eric lives and works in Blacksburg, VA.

Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing  to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”