New technology has transformed the way many people now work, and artists are no exception. Sure, the paintbrush and canvas have by no means been made redundant, but now there are so many different tools available to artists that we are now spoilt for choice. Not only that, but the way we learn about art and develop our skills have changed too. You don’t need to go to art school or take night classes anymore, because the internet has blown wide open the world of art in all its forms.
The easy accessibility of the internet means that anyone with a computer and a connection can learn about art, in their own time and at their own pace. It’s become so much easier for artists to access information and increase their knowledge of art, and there are now some great online resources for artists that offer a place for people to connect with one another and share ideas. Ok, so investing in some art textbooks is still a good idea, as there is still a limit to what established artists will make available on the internet. However, over the years artists and computer program developers have worked hand in hand to find the best ways to move art forms from the physical into the virtual. Now there are some great computer programs for artists, that can be used to draw, paint, and much more, and these can often be downloaded for free.
Introducing 3D Printing
What technology is also enabling artists to do is find out about the latest trends and provide the information they need to try new form of art. A great example of this is the new trend of 3D printing, which is enabling artists to create works of art that simply were not possible, or at least extremely difficult, before the technology was developed. Amazing new works of art are being created, through wild imagination and new technology.
The Work of Eyal Geyer
An Israleli artist who has embraced 3D printing and created wholly unique sculptures using the technology is Eyal Geyer. He is able to combine his skills of computer programming and digital artistry to produce captivating sculptures that capture the moments of a catastrophe. Yes that’s right, he models disasters in a completely realistic way through computer programming, using the actual physics and mathematics to model anything from a bus accident to a tsunami.
Gever believes, “Personal fabrication, creating physical objects out of the computer is going to be huge.” His skills as a computer programmer, which he picked up during National Service, and his education at an Art College, gave him the foundation he needed to create new works of art using 3D printers.
A catalyst for his decision to create sculptures of disasters was two-fold. He had his own successful business called Zapa, which suffered badly when the dot.com bubble burst, and he was shaken by the 9/11 disaster. Feeling the instability of the world, and losing faith in the internet, he decided he needed to turn his efforts towards a physical form of art, and 3D printing gave him the chance to produce art in a way not seen before.
The Possibilities of 3D Printing
Many artists have begun to experiment with the possibilities that 3D printing offers, with some amazing results. One of the most interesting capabilities that 3D printing has is the minute level of detail it can achieve. High quality 3D printers can have astonishing levels of resolution, which allow for extremely intricate pieces of art to be achieved. There are some printers that allow 16 micron resolution. To give you an idea of how small that it, it’s even less than half the diameter of a hair that grows from the top of your head.
The way that artists traditionally make sculptures or models to display could be completely changed by 3D printing. Before artists and designers were constricted by the available manufacturing processes of the time, and really had to work around them to get closest to what they wanted. For example, there was a limit to what injection moulding could achieve, and artist and designers understood this. All this has now changed, because now with 3D printing, things that were deemed either too expensive or complicated to achieve, have suddenly become much easier.