Curated by Paul Thirkell the exhibition '3D2D: Object and Illusion in Print' explores digital software and hardware in a creative way to produce works of art that can be 'printed' in both 2D and 3D.
The latest print technology uses the technique of 'rapid prototyping' where a 3D object is built up in layers using specialised print technology from a digital file. The object can be designed by an artist on a computer and the latest technology is able to turn the digital file into a 3D object. This enables complex shapes to be created (for example, a sphere within a sphere), which are impossible to make though traditional methods. The Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England carries out specialised research into this area.
This unique exhibition is asking artists to create both 2D prints and 3D printed objects from the same digital file, as a way of exploring the possibilities of the new technology.
In recent years new digital techniques for printing have enhanced the printmakers' palette, creating a wider range of techniques and possibilities for creating new work. So far most of this output has been 2D, but new 3D techniques are now gradually coming in reach of the fine artists.
To explore this new transition, a selection of artists currently working in the field have been asked to produce printed images and related printed objects that reveal new insights into image and object making through print. For the exhibition each artist will produce both a 2D (digital print) and a 3D printed object that in some way sets up a relationship or an interaction between the two dimensions. This will push the artists to interact with and explore the new technology.
Part 1 of the exhibition will be held at Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery from 11 September to 30 October 2010 and will feature the work of Jeremy Gardiner, Katie Davies and Peter Walters, Connor Wilson, Brendan Reid, Paul Laidler and Paul Thirkell. The new 2D3D works from these artists will be shown along with a selection of older prints that have been created at the Centre for Fine Print Research throughout its 11 year existence. These include works by Richard Hamilton, Charlotte Hodes and Lesley Dill.
Artist Talk by Jeremy Gardiner and Paul Thirkwell
Saturday 11 September, 1-2pm at Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery. Curator of 3D 2D Object and Illusion in Print Paul Thirkell from the Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, will talk about the theme of the exhibition and outline how this has been explored by the artists in the show and provide insight into the work that went into the production of the prints at the CFPR. He will also outline some of the research that is undertaken at the Centre especially in relation to cutting edge print techniques such as 3D rapid prototype printing, laser cutting and artist quality wide format inkjet printing.
Part 2 of the exhibition will be shown at the Norske Grafikere, Oslo, Norway from 8 to 30 January 2011 and continue the 2D3D theme featuring the work of Jeremy Gardiner, Katie Davies and Peter Walters, Connor Wilson, Brendan Reid, Paul Laidler and Paul Thirkell along with further 2D3D explorations from Stephen Hoskins, Justin Marshall, Katie Bunnell and Tavs Jorgensen.