Thursday, December 12, 2013

Play off: 3D printers vs 3D Doodlers

Using new technology is never a simple "or" choice.

While hacking a 3D plastic printer to enable it to print clay, I was alerted to the WobbleWorks 3d Doodler project on Kickstart by Romano Formentin.

It seemed relevant, so I and 26,455 others promised over $2m to try to get the project off the ground.

On 25 March 2013 the project went live.

It finally arrived the day I flew out to exhibit in the Florence Biennale.

My daughter and I had a quick 10 minus play before it was back in the box, until I returned from Italy yesterday.

 As a fun way to explore the machine, I introduced it to the Wednesday afternoon and evening class pottery and sculpture class students, during the coffee and champagne break (it was our last 2013 class:)).

The following 1 minute  video shows one of them using it,  their  and my own first rough creation (seriously handicapped by jet lag and lack of sleep).


The experience was very similar to drawing on paper, but in space.

Some differences include:

- slowing the speed in which lines are draw on surfaces, in order to thicken and strengthen lines.

- pausing at the top, after drawing a vertical line, to allow the plastic to cool, firm up, and so not collapse.

- ability to "scratch" quick lines to build up a thin web of support for a point in space, from which to branch out from.

At this early stage I would suggest the makers change the two speed buttons, to a pressure pad, so that the speed of extruding can be more precisely controlled in a more natural manner.

One of my evening class students suggested drawing lines over a 3d form, and then pulling it off before joining or "welding" it with additional lines.

The comment was also made that it fosters a different way of seeing and thinking about creating objects, compared to modelling in clay.

Some had played with Google's SketchUp, a 3D modeling software,  and commented how it too affected how they saw and "rested" form in space.

It's early days with the Doodler, and it will be interesting to see and hear comments from the other classes this week, and their responses.

Already I am becoming excited when thinking about making one of my life-size heads in the material.

It reminds me of a recent  head sculpture I made with dry and wet paper clay wool rods.

Plus, it's seriously a HUGE lot more fun than the 3D printer, and just so simple to use.  No assembly, no software, no computer, just plug and play.

Score:

3D printer:  0
3D doodler: 1

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My second doodle:




Sunday, December 8, 2013

Florence's living artists (this week only) :)

30 November ·  · Taken at Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy


The following are just some random pictures, the names of the 2013 Florence Biennale artists and links to those whom I have spoken with and exchanged details.  I'm updating this daily.


Aalto-Annala Marja-Liisa - Finland
Abessinova Elena - Norway

Agial Hanan - Libia
Ahmmed Ronni - Bangladesh
Aksit Zafer - Turkey
Alagirisamy, Geetha - Switzerland/Singapore , Sculptor and Ceramicist: Identity
Ali Celine - Romania
All Asya - Russia
Allori Laura (Lallycula) - Italy
Alves de Souza Costa Elisiana - Brazil
Andrade Elizabeth Almendra - Brazil
Antonelli Paola - Italy
Arakkal, Shibu India Photographer
Araujo Tati - Italy
Arianpour Sara - Iran
Ascencio Villanueva Victor Manuel (Vito) - Mexico
Baccaro Thomas - Brazil
Bagdasaryan, Dr. Svetlana Armenia/USA , Painting dancers, helped Carol setup
Bai Lingfei - China
Bakken Ase Pleym - Norway
Banfi Bianca - Italy
Barillaro Umberto - Italy
Barnhart, Carolynn Canada expressive oil painter
Barnhart, Gary Canada sculptor, minimism
Baroso, Cristian Italy Ceramic Sculptor
Baruch Eduardo - Armenia/Usa
Baumgarten Marizeth - Spain
Belka & Strelka - Flux Rus group - Russia
Bellesso Marzia - Italy
Belsito Olga - Italy
Benvenuto Maria Jose - Chile
Bermudez Denisse - Mexico
Berner Ghezzi Federica - Italy
Berrios Gabriela - Argentina
Bertina Maria Teresa - France
Besa Jacinta - Chile
Beyeler Brinkhaus Paula - Switzerland
Bianco Giovanna - Italy
Bizzarri Marco - Chile
Bolano Italo - Italy
Bombardieri Mariangela - Italy
Bonini Veronica - Italy
Borges Patricia - Brazil
Bravo Jorge Hernando - Argentina
Brull Ana - Argentina
Buttitta Antonio - Italy
Cabano Agnese - Italy
Cabell, Brigitte Germany Stone sculptor
Calli Vincenzo - Italy
Caluri Fiaba - Italy
Camiciotti Matteo - Italy
Capilla Fernandez Cristina - Spain
Caplain Nicole - France
Capone T. Truman - Usa
Cartagena Jose (Nacho) - Chile/Canada
Cason Floriana - Italy
Catino Tina - Italy
Celentano Cris - Brazil
Chen Chen - China
Chileeva Elena Fedorovna - Russia
Chiquesi Osvaldo Celso - Brazil
Chiti Angela - Italy
Christofi Stella - Cyprus
Chritch - Egypt
Ciotti Enrico (Creative Emotion) - Italy
Cirillo Nicola - Italy
Cocca Nino - France/Italy
Conde Cris - Brazil
Condito Teresa - Italy
Constantinidou Sozi - Cyprus
Cordero Rodriguez Oihana - Spain
Cordua Josefa - Chile
Cortes Caballero Norma - Mexico
Corvaglia Mauro - Italy
Cosler Anselm - Germany
Cuesta Recio David y Pablo (Dacuré) - Spain
Cusi Ines - Mexico
Da Ros Michelle - Italy
Daher Fabio - Brazil
Damian Oana - Romania
Darro José Manuel - Spain
Dassan Fernando - Brazil
De Boer Annie - France
De Willem / Cyem Inc Lloyd / Guillaume - Germany/Italy/France
Delemen Gul - Turkey
Delia Xhovalin - Italy
den Haene Adam Jean-Remy - Norway/Belgium
Dennis Julia - United Kingdom
Desaize Marie-Pierre - France
Diaz Barriga Guillermina - Mexico
Diaz Galvez Yoel - Mexico
Diaz Juan Antonio - Spain
Doua Halima (Doua) - Morocco
Duz Gianluca - Italy
Egual Tati - Brazil
Elorriaga Pilar - Chile
Eyzaguirre Filipa - Chile
Fedorova Anastasiia - Russia
Flierman Arjen - Netherlands
Florido Berrocal Aida Ines - Spain
Fluk Hanna - Argentina/Israel
Fontanelli Mauro - Italy
Francov Cristina - Mexico
Frei Miro - Switzerland
Galetskaya Adriana - Ukraine
Gamache Rosalie - Canada
Garcia Hernandez Ricardo - Spain
Garcia Martinez Heli - Spain
Gatignon, Hub Netherlands Bronze sculptor: tulips and egg symbols
Gerenstein Beatriz - Usa
Giannoni Giuseppe - Italy
Gil Merino Amalia - Germany
Ginailhac Laurence - France
Gini Chiara - Italy
Giraldo Giuseppe - Italy
Giulian, Boris Armenia/Usa Sculptor with meaning
Giusti Andrea - Italy
Glazunov Ivan - Russia
Glazunova Olya - Russia
Gogol Yuri - Argentina
Gomez Guzman Alberto - Spain
Goncalves de Andrade Mirtis - Brazil
Gonzalez Maruja - Mexico
Gould Giovanna - Liechtenstein
Govedarou Anastasia - Greece
Granifo Maria Luisa - Chile
Greco Giovanna - Italy
Haciraifoglu Anber - Turkey
Haiya Shounosuke - Japan
Hammarling Titti - Sweden
Hamzallari Alban (Alban Berberi) - Italy
Han Bo - China
Han Xiao - China
Hao Jiao - Italy
Hartman Carol - Usa
Haseler Reilly, Julie Australia Figurative sculptor
Hattem Dowa - Egypt
Hay Graham - Australia
He Wenjue - China
Headley Lyndsay - Usa
Hoffmann Cornelia (Nele) - Germany
Houtkamp Marianne - Netherlands
Hu Huiming - China
Huber Manuela - Switzerland
Huisman Wessel - Netherlands
Iannucci Luciano - Italy
Iki Nobuko - Japan
Ishida Katsu - Japan
Jabbour Margot - Brazil
Jakob Fabien - Switzerland
Jakupsson Barour - Faroe Islands
Jean Regina (Spika) - Mexico
Ji Chunlong - China
Jordao Ale - Brazil
Juarez Angel Ricardo - Argentina
Jungen Sarah Joy - Switzerland
Karacelik Hale - Turkey
Karam, Dori (Dorien)
Australia/Libanon
Khan Alexandra - Switzerland
Kilfeather Des - United Kingdom/Ireland
Kleyn Hilda - Netherlands
Knoop Pathuis Johanna - Netherlands
Knudsen Cathrine - Norway
Koch Ada R. - Usa
Koenig, Anja Germany , Painter next door
Kouwenhoven, Loes Netherlands sculptor and painter-heavy but light work
La Chauviniere-Riant Chantal - France
Lamandais Laurence - France
Lambrechts Hilde - Canada
Lancaster CLJ - Usa
Landolfi Patrizio - Italy
Lanza Nicole - Brazil
Lara Regina - Brazil
Lefroy Capelle, Joanna WA, Australia , Painting conversations
Legno Gabriella - Italy
Lei Ziren - China
Leon Cruz Carlos Alberto - Perù
Leresteux Ala - Lithuania
Li Shuo - China
Li Xiaoxuan - China
Lima e Silva Sandra - Brazil
Lindahl Jeff - Sweden
Litieri Izabel - Brazil
Liu Nian - China
Llano Maria Lucia Cristina - Colombia
Lopez Delgado Raquel - Spain
Lopez Lopez Adria - Spain
Loudovikos Kostas - Greece
Lovari Sara - Italy
Lu Jun & Wang Erjan - China
LV Shanchuan - China
Lv Yiren - China
M. Samaniego Paul Alex - Italy/Philippine
Mac Dowell de Queiros Mattoso Maite (Maite Mattoso) - Brazil
Mancinelli Pierpaolo - Italy
Manrique Martinez Fernando - Colombia
Marchesini Federico - Italy
Marchi Erika - Italy
Marin Anne Marie - Switzerland
Mariscotti Osvaldo - Usa
Marquez Tolentino Gabriela (Tolentino) - Mexico
Marraoni Donatella (Le Aly di Lia) - Italy
Martinet Marie Madeleine - France
Martinez Delgado Juan Javier - Spain
Martinez July - Mexico
Matta Alessandro - Italy
Mazzonetto Roberto - Italy
Mazzoni Alessandro - Switzerland
Megall Rafael - Usa/Armenia
Megia Fernandez Cristina - Spain
Meier-Roessler Inga - Germany
Meireles Fernanda - Brazil
Meng XinYu - China
Micallef Luciano - Malta
Milanova Iva - Germany
Miller Sherrill - Usa
Moein Ansari Mona - Iran
Molugova Nadezhda - Russia
Moncarz Norberto - Argentina
Morelli di Popolo, Emilio Italy painter
Morelli Fiamma - Italy
Moschi Antonietta - Italy
Murthy Sangeeta K - India
Musso Anne France (Anne Le Sergent) - France
Nankivell Maryann - Australia
Napoletano Giorgia - Italy
Navarro Romero Javier - Spain
Novian, Mina Iran/USA Romantic painter
O'Connor Akiyama Danielle - Canada
Okuyama Atsuko (Haruna) - Japan
Orejas Diez Carmina - Spain
Orlandini, Laura Italy Expressive figure painter
Ortega Braza Alvaro y Gonzalez Bustos Manuel - Spain
Pachioli Mario - Italy
Palombo, Giuseppe Italy Liquid Bronze Sculptor
Panella Silvana - Brazil
Paseri Marco - Italy
Pattova Edita - Czech Republic
Pazzaglia Carlo - Italy
Pellegrin Romero Jose - Mexico
Perez Pierre - France
Petronio Ebe - Italy
Petrova Ganna (Anna) Ukraine Artist – monumentalist, restorer, journalist
Pierini Jonathan - Italy
Pinar Castellano Mariana - Spain
Pintore Maria Aurora - Italy
Plowright, Terrance NSW, Australia , Sculptor
Poesini, Stefania Italy Ceramic Sculptor
Polit, Alegria Ecuador Painter
Porisse Julien - United Kingdom
Porisse Liam - United Kingdom
Portillo Roberto Octavio (Georgge) - Mexico
Potocki-Winiarski Caroline - France
Potocnjak Ante - Croatia
Predoi Bianca - Romania
Proietto Carlo Giuseppe - Italy
Punzo Alvarez Cecilia - Spain
Qian Zhongping - China
Rachel Celia - Brazil
Ragal Chaigneau Constanza (Conty Ragal) - Chile
Rangel, Bernard South Yemen/UK/Brazil/UK . Painting Tribal art
Raskina Lora - Netherlands
Reber Anna - Switzerland
Regli, Gedeon Switzerland Sculptor in stone mason firm
Ricciardi Giuseppina - Italy
Righi Fabio - Italy
Rivera Villamizar Federico Antonio - Colombia
Rodriguez Andrea - Chile
Roggi Andrea - Italy
Romanelli Donatella - Italy
Romanelli Monia - Italy
Rondeau Laure - France
Roshchupkina Yana - Russia
Rostovtseva Pasha - Russia
Rowling, Carol WA, Australia . Painter/sculptor: abstract
Rozema Reina - Netherlands
Russano Rina - Italy
Sabri Kambiz - Iran
Sadana Surekha - India
Samarghitean Nicoleta (Nico C. Samar) - Italy
Sanchez, Rocio Mexico Sculptor: plasma cut s.steel
Santos Godoy Rafael - Spain
Savanelli Gabriele - Italy
Savvaidi Evi - Greece
Scamanga Stelio - France
Scarsi Giancarlo - Italy
Schaapman Henny - Netherlands
Schwarzhaupt Dominique - Chile
Sequoyah Aono - Japan/Usa
Shamma Sara - Siria
Shati, Amin United Kingdom / Iraq Mixed media Babylon painter
Shpilberg Anica - Usa
Silk Alexis - Usa
Sinha Ragini - India
Sisto Leonora - Mexico
Smallenbroek Jennie - Netherlands
Sole Costa's Team - Italy
Spicer Isabelle - France
Spitaletta Lombardi Antonio - Italy
Steele Helen - Ireland
Steins Bisschop, Fransje Netherlands Flora painter
Subasi Naciye - Turkey
Sun Yan - China
Talbot-Kelly Sam - Usa
Tardonato Giorgio - Italy
Terroux Michel (Terruscito) - Canada
Tharrani Thota - India
Thomas Lyndel - Australia
Thompson Patricia - Brazil
Thorsby Anne Kristine - Norway
Timokhina Inna - Russia/Usa
Tirado Carlos J - Usa
Toccafondi, Giovanni Italy photographer
Tonino Mario - Italy
Tornese Rosario - Italy
Traynor Magie - Scotland (United Kingdom)/Singapore
Tunç Gökte - Turkey
Turemen Mediha Didem - Turkey
Ucer Kaya - Turkey
Uda Kikuko - Japan
Urena Ramos Aristides - Panama
Urquijo Estefania Valls (Evu) - Guatemala
Vallone Vincenzo - Italy
van den Hoogen, Mieke Netherlands Ceramics fired with wood, flowers and covered in tinfoil.
Vardar Emel - Turkey
Vazquez Lorena - Mexico
Ventrella Kira Kamamalu - Usa
Vicuna Macarena (Macavi) - Chile
Viglietti, Monica Italy Ceramic sculptor and family Ceramiche Viglietti Studio maiolicata (realistic sea animal sculptures)
Villa Gianni - Italy
Villarino Isidora - Chile
Villarreal Constanza - Argentina/Italy
Vivaldi Marite - Spain
Wachter Tirado Laura - Spain
Wang Fei - China
Wang Jieyin - China
Wang Tan - China
Wang Yifan - China
Wang Zhenguang - China
Wang Zijia - China
Wei Qingji - China
Weissenberger Emmerich - Austria
Whaley Davyd - Usa
Wilhelm, Lauren WA, Australia . Figurative painter.
Wong Lucille - Mexico
Wu Willow - Taiwan
Xia Niansheng - China
Xiong Bin - China
Xu, Gengliang China , Painter: mass of bodies/humanity
Xue Song - China
Yalim Umut - Turkey
Yan Laichao - China
Yang Yahui - China
Yang Yong Zhi - China
Yin Wantao - China
Zabaleta Maricarmen (Zabeliz) - Mexico
Zafir Genrich (Henry Betzalel) - Israel / Usa
Zecchini Alberto - Italy
Zhao Qiong - China
Zhao Xiaohai - China
Zhao Yuqiang - China
Zherebilo Vasiliy - Russia
Zhi Jiang - China
Zhu Jiejun - China
Zhu Yamei - China -

Friday, December 6, 2013

Coals to Newcastle, Art to Firenze


Dead on arrival? Work being shoot by Italian photographer.

Coals to Newcastle, Art to Firenze

Taking contemporary art to Florence, reminded me of the British idiom (C 1538), carrying "Coals to Newcastle," a town that annually exported 15,000 tonnes.

On reflection, on two fronts, I'm mad:

Firstly, Italy, and particularly Florence / Firenze is credited as the birthplace of Renaissance art.  

How can a first generation artist like myself complete against generations of skilled artists going back to 1300 's? 

Skills and knowledge have been passed down, polished and refined for over 700 years.  

Compare that to my haphazard and disjointed 40 years of learning about and making art.

Secondly, contemporary art runs a distant last, way, way behind art in Firenze.  

People go to Firenze to look at museums, of which there are almost as many... well... um....Google Maps tells me there are 13,847!  

Each of these Museum has curators, historians, administrators, gift shop staff, maintenance  staff, cleaners, security staff, publicists, and so on.   

Then they employ graphic designers, web masters, architects, printers, and so on.  

So the whole of Firenze's working population has a vested interest in attracting people from the world to come and look at, and talk about, write and photograph, THE PAST.

Once everyone leaves Firenze, they may feel like they are experts about art, but really, it's only approximately the period 1300 to 1800.

Which makes them totally unprepared for contemporary art. 

While the Florence Biennale has been running for nearly 20 years, it is only this year that The City administration has acknowledged its contribution and provided some support.  Up until now it has been living artists from around the world, like myself who have bankrolled this event.  

So...

... back to the coals theme.

In 1927 conversional wisdom regarding Newcastle was overturned. 

Rivals to a US businessman, Timothy Dexter, persuaded him to send a ship of coal to Newcastle.

Luckily for him, just as he arrived the coal makers went on strike,  and he made a fortune.

Since then, the Russians have sold 70,000 tonnes of coal to the Newcastle aluminium smelting plant, as the mines have declined.

It's like the Scots selling half a million pizzas per annum to Italy each year.

So there's hope for myself and 300 other artists exhibiting there this week?











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