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Black Man Grove Series: IDEAS 08: Continuum Exhibit November 24, 2008

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Black Man Grove RP 05 & 07

Black Man Grove RP 05 & 08. Painted ABS Plastic

I had four sculptures feautured in iDEAs08: Continuum, Digital Media Arts Tomorrow Through Visions of Yesterday and Today an exhibition of artistic and innovative digital installations, interactive pieces, digital images, film and video and much more. The IDEAS exhibition coincides with the sixth annual International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) conference, Ideas for the Future in Savannah, Georgia during November of 2008. IDEAS 08: Continuum embraces the conference theme at its core, but includes how the digital technology of yesterday and today predict the digital world of the future, be it fantasy or real. Thus, the art in the exhibition predicts the technological future, celebrates the technological past, and makes commentary on the technological present and either incorporates digital tools or specifically addresses them. This exhibition defines technology in a very broad and multidimensional way that includes the continuum of digital media visualized through art. An exhibition catalog can be downloaded using the above link.

Black Man Grove RP 09 & 14

Black Man Grove RP 09 & 14. Bronze, Mixed Media

Catalog Statement:

While initially drawn to computer graphic technologies as a tool of pre- visualization and design, my current sculptural practice employs them as tools of fabrication. Digital sculpture bridges the gap between the object and its formative process. In this practice data generated in the virtual environment is utilized to create real-world art objects that can exist on their own and embody collective cultural ideals.

The “Black Man Grove” series utilizes edgeloop subdivision modeling techniques to create anthropomorphic abstraction of the Black Mangrove form. The surfaces of the forms are activated on both a spatial and textural level using cellular automata. These models are then grown using a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) rapid prototyping process. The objects created through this process are either painted as finished objects or invested in a ceramic shell for bronze casting. The result is a permanent object that links the past with the future.