Printed sculpture show set for Rockland

Feb 13, 2013
Joshua Harker’s Kickstarter-funded printed sculpture is a 3D simulation of a reaction-diffusion math pattern, intersected with a scanned head. Harker is on of the “Bits to Its” jurors.

Rockland — One of the world’s first juried 3D printed art shows will be mounted this spring at the downtown Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St.

“Bits to Its: 3D Printed Sculpture” is dedicated to the use of new 3D printing technology to create art. The show will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. public reception Friday, May 3, preceded by a private reception Saturday, April 27, and a week of educational activities coordinated by Maine FabLab, a part of the MIT FabLab network. All art will be available for sale.

The judges come from the intersection of 3D printing art and technology. GeoMagic founder and CEO Ping Fu is moving to the new position of Chief Strategy Officer for 3D Systems Corporation, pending the sale of her software company to the 3D printer manufacturer. She has an intimate knowledge of the 3D printing and scanning process; and is regarded as an innovator in the industry. Her story of escaping the tortures of Mao’s China to lead an innovation success story is an inspiration to all.

American Joshua Harker’s 2011 Kickstarter Campaign “Crania Anatomica Filigre: Me to You”
holds the record for most funding in the sculpture category, raising more than $77,000 from almost 1,000 backers. He is a self-described artist, sculptor, scribbler, digital adventurer, imagination architect and troublemaker.

Asher Nahmias, better known as the 3D printing artist Dizingof, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is most noted for his Math Art. MakerBot’s Thingiverse calls him probably one of the most well-known designers in the entire 3D printing community.

Entries must incorporate 3D printed components into at least 75 percent of the piece; additional processes may be used in the entire piece, but 3D printing must be central to the design. If artists do not own their own 3D printers, Potomac Photonics of Lanham, Md., has generously offered to complete the printing on the 3D Systems high-resolution ProJect or color Cube printers in its MicroFabLab, for the cost of materials.

Digital photos of entries must be received by March 15. To receive an entry form with dimensions, fees and details or to discuss questions, send email to service@mainefablab.org. Tickets for the private opening reception are available online at mainefablab.wordpress.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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