Form Finding in the 21rst Century
:Imagine being in a group of like-minded creatives working in proximity to create sculpture carved by robot but finished by your hand? We seek to bring together artists, sculptors, designers, architects, and curators to explore robot carving in wood. Working around other artists can inspire and motivate as you discover new ideas in a speculative, constructive context. It’s an opportunity to discover new ideas as well as work with new technologies. That's the spirit and tone that Sculpture X: Form Finding for the 21st Century seeks to provide.
William Paterson University Center for New Art is now offering a 2 week workshop from June 3, 2021- June 17, 2021 for carving a sculpture (from a wooden block) by robot and then further designing it by hand.
David D’Ostilio (William Paterson University) is an artist, educator, programmer and fabricator. He has a BA from Moravian College and an MFA from William Paterson University. He received an Autodesk scholarship to participate in the Digital Sculpture Project in Garfagnana, Italy. In addition he has studied robotic milling at Robotic Solutions, Inc. David is currently an adjunct professor and Coordinator of the Center for New Art at William Paterson University as well as working as a robot programmer and fabricator.
Christopher Manzione, Stevens Institute, is an American artist who ran the Virtual Public Art Project, an organization that used augmented reality to produce original artist works in public space. His most recent project Activatar app hosts a range of new media artists projects through monthly shows via a free app. Manzione’s work also includes sculpture, installation, virtual reality, 3D printing and performance. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Visual Arts and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
Michael Rees (William Paterson University) is an artist working in themes of figuration, language, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural mélange. He is known for creating a new platform for sculpture that includes objects, software, hardware and interactive experiences. His work is shown widely including the Whitney Museum in the 1995 Biennial and again in “Bitstreams” in 2001, the MARTa Museum in Germany, Art Omi, The Pera Museum in Istanbul, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, The Nerman Museum of Art, Grounds For Sculpture, and in private galleries such as 303, Bitforms, Basilico Fine Art, Pablo’s Birthday, Favorite Goods, Bravin Lee Projects and others. Rees is currently professor of sculpture and digital media at William Paterson University, and Director of the Center for New Art there.
Michele Thursz is an independent cultural producer, consultant, and art appraiser specializing in contemporary art and electronic and time-based media (USPAP compliant) based in New York City. She has served as director of contemporary and outsider art galleries, media collectives, and art advisory companies as well as a consultant to private collections. She has written and led public conversations about contemporary art and related professional issues.
Olaf Unsoeld is a wood conservator at Fine Wood Conservation LTD. He Studied at the Yale school of forestry and has worked at the Stadt Museum in Munich, Germany, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The firm has been located in Brooklyn, New York since 1994. We serve collections of furniture and wooden objects from the Middle Ages through the present day. Our clients include private collectors, museums and historic institutions. Some of the institutions that have engaged our services include the Neue Galerie New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, the Judd Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Brooklyn Museum and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Roma David Bown was born in the Ukraine and came to the US in his teens. A BFA graduate from Bowling Green State University he is highly focused on digital media and 3d printing. His work focuses on the cultural disconnects in human interaction.
Collin Hassler was born on Center Reach, Long Island and has his BFA from SUNY Fredonia. Collin is figurative artist that deals with themes of queer identity, and has become intrigued in the use of digital media in the realization of full sized figurative works.
Our first year Participants
Photos by Seth Bechtold
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