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3D Printing Is The Newest Hot Artwork

Living in the 21st century isn't quite what we expected. No flying cars in sight, but there have been a few driving...

3D Printing Is The Newest Hot Artwork

Living in the 21st century isn’t quite what we expected. No flying cars in sight, but there have been a few driving themselves. Commercial space flight is on the horizon, but at the moment is only available for a few insanely rich people. And, oh yeah, we have pocket-sized oracles that can answer any question we can think of at the speed of light.

 

It seems the time lag between imagining something and manifesting it into physical reality is decreasing at an alarming rate. And never has that been any more obvious than in the arena of 3D printing. With this bleeding edge tech, it’s possible to design an object on a computer and bring it into high definition reality in an unbelievably short amount of time.

 

Using this modern marvel, people have made everything you can imagine: toys, guns, shoes, instruments, and clothes, and somebody even built a house. What have been the most aesthetically pleasing, though, are the magnificent works of art that the creative minds with access to this technology have created. Just take a look at this gallery of examples:

 

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Yep. Two guys named Jeff Koons and Scott Eaton built a weird nude statue of Lady Gaga. There’s no accounting for musical taste, but a pop diva is as good a subject as any other when it comes to the beauty of physical form. It’s like a manic pixie dream girl version of a Renaissance sculpture. It's a Michelangelo of the digital age.

 

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Another less idolatrous addition to the art world is Tobias Klein’s incredible combination of the architecture of St. Paul’s cathedral, and an actual MRI scan of his body. This wondrous amalgamation of humanity celebrating the divine in architecture and awe at the images of our own complex structures stands apart as a contemplative work on the synchronicity between natural creation and the human imagination.

 

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Words can be a lot like bullets, but this is taking it a few steps further. Stephanie Lempert used a 3D printer to explore the themes of communication and violence with her piece, Do You Feel Lucky? This massive word gun is actually created from handwritten text wrapped around in the shape of Dirty Harry’s trademark 357 Magnum, in an artistic gesture that encourages all to remember the impact that our voices, ideas, and syllables can really have.

 

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Things got a little too literary in the last example, so it’s time to get back to the downright weird with Eric van Straaten's Groomer. Straaten uses an odd juxtaposition of the eroticism of naked ladies and the uninhibited freakiness of an old bald man’s disembodied head. Seemingly in a dualistic theme of contrasts that encompasses innocence and perversion, beauty and inelegance, desire and disgust.

 

Whatever the intention, it’s fairly obvious that the subject has a one track mind.

 

With the incredible creativity, beauty, and complex visual messages being sent with this new medium, one wonders what limits actually exist in this novel art form. Perhaps most exciting about the progression of the nouveau art is the uncertainty of it all—which in fact mirrors the nature of the technology itself. Where are we going, and what will it look like?

 

Judging from this gallery, the future is going to look pretty surreal.

 

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