Archive for November 2015

3D printed art still opening eyes

With the International Sculpture Conference in town at the beginning of November, I made it a The crowd at the opening for Ten: Modern Abstract at monOrchid Shade Gallery, Phoenix, Arizonapoint to have as much work visible as possible. Sure, many of the attendees were not necessarily art buyers, but they are art lovers. Too, artists usually appreciate outliers like me, people who don’t play by the rules.

Creating sculpture with 3D printing isn’t that unusual – there are plenty of artists out there doing it – a Google search for 3D printed sculpture brought back 1,440,000 results (admittedly, this isn’t a scientific study, but still!).

That being said, very few artists are printing their own work, much less doing so with a printer that can create sculptures as tall as 4-1/2 feet.

So when I got the chance to have some of my large format 3D-printed sculptures at one of the most popular galleries in downtown Phoenix, I jumped on it ….

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Sculptors dig deeper into technology

NextEngine scanning softwareWhen I heard that the International Sculpture Conference was coming to Phoenix, I knew I wanted to be involved.  I joined the International Sculpture Center, the organization that sponsors it, and began deciding what I wanted to attend.

One of the sessions I signed up for right away was “3D Body Scanning and Prototyping Workshop.” It was to be held at Arizona State University, one of the largest universities in the United States, which is in Tempe, part of the metro Phoenix area. The workshop was organized by Dan Collins, a professor and longtime 3D printing enthusiast whom I first met last year through the Shemer Art Center 3D printed art show “Materialize.”

I didn’t know much about body scanning, but I thought it would be an interesting adjunct to my work with 3D printing. Little did I know that Dan would ask me to be part of the session ….

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