The grid

Fragile, fantastical designs constructed with cardboard

Kathryn Bromwich





Daniel Agdag began working with cardboard after seeing his architect neighbour use it to mock up designs. The Melbourne-based artist and film-maker was struck by the fragile material’s ability to resemble timber or steel. “Cardboard gave me means to realise ideas I had only imagined previously,” he says. “Its simplicity allowed the complexity in the work to flourish.” His latest series is Tide Houses, a collection of spare structures on stilts. “The narratives that feed my work tend to stem from my subconscious. The pieces are like mathematical problems, which I work through as I create them, decoding the world around me.”