New 3D artist raises concerns about 3D art in the zeitgeist
A New York 3D sculptor and graffiti artist, whose work is often referenced in mainstream media, has raised concerns about the trend of 3D sculptures being used to create a “messy” impression of popular culture, a trend that he believes is taking over the zeigtgeist.
Zebediah Dziczek, an assistant professor of media studies at NYU, says she first saw the 3D-printed objects in a New York art gallery in late 2015.
She says the sculptures looked very real, and they had the texture and quality of natural marble.
But when she went home, she realized the objects were not as real as she had imagined.
They had too much detail and there was too much plastic, she told Business Insider.
“I realized that a lot of my friends who are 3D artists, who I work with, were seeing this as a way to express their personal style and expression,” Dzicke said.
She says 3D sculpture is not just about showing off a work of art; it is also a way of showing how people can express themselves in an artistic way, and that this trend is going to take over our art and media.
Her first project was a 3D printed sculpture of a man with the head of a giant bird.
She created the model by painting her hands with a special resin and then cutting it into 3D pieces.
“The way the resin was injected into the model was really strange,” she said.
“You could imagine that the resin had this sort of strange structure and this strange fluidity.”
When she tried to remove the resin, she says she found it difficult to remove, and it started to melt and she was unable to work with the resin.
She ended up printing a large piece of foam.
Then she decided to print a smaller version of the man, and then another man with a smaller head.
Dzickel says she decided on the large man because he had a “unique” style of sculpture.
“It had a very interesting sculptural quality to it, and a very different aesthetic,” she explained.
“It was kind of a weird little sculpture.
It was just a very weird thing that I was trying to do.”
Dziczke’s project became an online sensation and inspired a series of other 3D prints.
One of the sculptures is currently in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with a pair of hand-made 3D models.
She’s hoping to get a larger statue made for her next project.
“As 3D printing becomes more popular, there will be a huge surge in demand for 3D materials,” she told me.
“As a 3d printer, I can create a sculpture in less time and the amount of time that it takes to create something is going down.
People will want to create these very intricate things because it’s so simple.”
In the past, 3D printers have relied on laser-cutters or other precision tools to create intricate shapes, but now many 3D printer makers also make large objects that can be used in sculptures.
Dzikczek says she’s been impressed by the quality of 3d printing, and hopes to create even more intricate pieces in the future.
“These will be made by the most sophisticated 3D machine I’ve ever used,” she continued.
“And it’s going to be incredibly difficult to make something that I don’t feel like it’s perfect.”
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