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'2015 Triennial: Surround Audience' Exhibit Features Artists Not Afraid of 3D Printing …

logo (2)An edgy exhibit at New York City’s New Museum truly has a realistic idea of what’s going on in contemporary art and design today — as they make a statement about the future — featuring compelling evidence as to how technology like 3D printing gives many artists and designers new ways to experiment as well as manufacture their own designs for prototyping and selling.

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Juliana in progress

The artists being featured are early in their artistic careers, and will have their work displayed in the exhibit, titled 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience. Spanning the globe with artists from 25 countries, 51 young creators have work in the show, including Josh Kline, Juliana Huxtable, and Oliver Laric, whom we have covered previously regarding a show he did with 3D Lincoln Scans at the Usher Gallery.

“Many of the works in the show look really closely at our present moment, a time when culture has become more porous and encompassing,” explained New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell, who is co-curating the exhibit with artist Ryan Trecartin. “The metaphor that Ryan [Trecartin] and I use is, ‘Surrounded.’”

While the show has a comprehensive mix of political and social statement, 3D printing certainly made its presence known as a new and viable medium, and was centered especially in Frank Benson’s Juliana. Benson, a New Yorker himself, chose to make a stunning statement with his entirely 3D printed piece, which is the third in a series of nude sculptures. Juliana is a striking statement with Benson’s use of 3D printing coupled with the complete nudity of transgender artist Juliana Huxtable — who is also featured in the show as an artist, with her self-portraits in the exhibit.

Full-sized, iridescent, and pushing boundaries with both technology and sexuality, the piece was originally not planned as a nude, but Benson wrote and asked her tentatively if she would consider allowing him to portray her like so.

“I was nervous of what she might think of that, so I sent her this intense email full of historical references,” said Benson.

Benson made sure to convey Huxtable’s personality, even in the buff, paying special attention to her braids and makeup.



“I want the sculpture to exist as a completely finished entity inside the computer,” Benson says. “The 3D model is its ultimate version and the print is the real-world manifestation of it.”

3D printing features extensively in the exhibit, with a mind-blowing display of creativity and mastery of various mediums, as well as technology. These artists are not just painters or sculptors, but true craftsmen and artisans with technical skill. They are building artworks, installations, and entire rooms of mixed media impressions and concepts.

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s work, Phantom, also integrated the Oculus Rift into his work as viewers entered a virtual reality 3D forest. Casey Jane Ellison made a 3D printed USB containing her stand-up comedy routine, which has with a surreal slant. Artist Josh Kline made use of 3D printing for props in a dramatic installation featuring a room filled with riot police bearing Teletubby faces.

Aleksandra Domanović mixed up media to use 3D printing for the Belgrade Hands, robotic hands, in her installation, SOHO (Substances of Human Origin). Again bordering on surrealism and horror, the design is from robotic prostheses straight out of the movie Demon Seed.

“Technology has changed all of our lives so dramatically, and really changed how art is being made, too,” said New Museum Director Lisa Phillips.

Have you used 3D printing in any artwork or mixed medium pieces? What do you think of the ideas behind the exhibited pieces? Tell us your thoughts in the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience Exhibit forum over at 3DPB.com.



Kenilworth Art Studio Tour includes 34 artists May 24-25

From staff reports 10:24 p.m. EDT May 17, 2014

The 34 artists include 17 Kenilworth residents and 8 visiting artists at 15 studios in the neighborhood, along with 9 artists showing their work at Harvest House at 205 Kenilworth Road.

Kenilworth Art Studio Tournext weekend

The ninth annual Kenilworth Art Studio Tour will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday over Memorial Day Weekend. Find details online at http://kenilworthartists.org.

This year’s tour will feature 34 artists: 17 Kenilworth residents and eight visiting artists exhibiting at 15 studios in the neighborhood, along with nine artists showing their work at Harvest House at 205 Kenilworth Road.

The tour covers an area less than two miles square, so it’s easy to get around to all the studios. Signs will be visible in the neighborhood, with accessible parking indicated on tour maps available at information posts throughout Asheville and at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. “Van Gogh” lunches will be for sale at the church noon-3 p.m. both days.

Participants include glass Sam Stark; fiber artist Jude Stuecker; painters Vanessa Bell and Irving Greene; potters Ann and Sandy Batton; mixed media artist Lynn Bregman Blass; and tile and ceramics artist Diana Gillispie.

Again this year, each artist will donate 5 percent of sales to Loving Food Resources, a Kenilworth-based nonprofit that provides basic necessities for people living with HIV/AIDS or in hospice care.

Curator talk at AAAC

The Asheville Area Arts Countil, in conjunction with its current show “Look Again,” will host a curator talk with artist Hoss Haley 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 346 Depot St.

Haley is a conceptually focused American sculptor and painter who live and works in Asheville and whose work is featured at the Asheville Art Museum. He will discuss his inspiration for “Look Again,” which encourages people to see materials in a different light, highlighting artists who use byproducts of contemporary society including plastic grocery bags, tin cans, wood and scrap metal.

To learn more, contact 258-0710 or info@ashevillearts.com or visit www.ashevillearts.com.

Skyuka Fine Art features Keith Spencer

An exhibition of the works of Keith Spencer, titled “Grounded in Color,” opens at Skyuka Fine Art with a free public reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. The show runs through the end of June.

Spencer’s work features intense local color as well as abstractions of those colors. “The unifying concept in my work is an effort to present the viewer with a sense of the feeling of a place,” Spencer said. “Rather than rendering the details of the elements in a landscape, I try to reduce it to elemental shapes and colors. In that way the work becomes as much about the paint as the subject.”

To learn more, visit Skyukafineart.com or contact info@skyukafineart.com or 817-3783.

Center for Craft shows 3D printing

The subject of 3D printing is the focus of “CTRL+P,” a free exhibition on show through Aug. 23 at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, 67 Broadway St.

The show looks at the impact of 3D printing on the making of sculptural and functional objects and features work by artists who use open-source programs and 3D printers in their work. The exhibition was curated by Anna Walker and organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

To learn more, call 785-1357 or visit www.craftcreativitydesign.org.

Garden Jubilee Festivalnext weekend

The Art League of Henderson County will participate in the 21st annual Garden Jubilee Festival set for Saturday and Sunday along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. The league will have a booth to raise funds to contribute to art programs in local schools.

The league will be selling hand-painted and decorated crafts in keeping the garden-related theme of the festival, including birdhouses, boxes, candles, placemats, planters and more. All items will be painted and decorated by the Art League members. The booth will also have original framed paintings of botanical subjects, created by league members.

To learn more, call 435-1415.