ERIC VAN STRAATEN – 3D PRINTED SCULPTURES
LATEST NEWS: Eric van Straaten working on largest full color 3D printed sculpture in the world
The art fair REALISME (http://realismeamsterdam.com/pagina.php?p=2&lan=uk) is organized for the eleventh time in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. It is the only art fair in the Netherlands exclusively devoted to contemporary figurative art. Around 30 national and international galleries exhibit and sell works of art by Dutch and foreign artist. During the fair there will be a very special exhibition about 3D printed art, curated by Majke Hüsstege. Artists such as Ilse Vermeulen and Eric van Straaten (who also provided the campaign image for the fair) will be exhibited on the Panorama deck. Here is an article (in Dutch) about the fair which appeared in COLLECT WINTER 2013-2014.
Eric van Straaten will present his largest 3D printed sculpture up till now: a full color sculpture of about 1.20 meter high. This is a big challenge, because the material Eric van Straaten uses, only allows 3D prints in one go of 38 cm high. Therefore larger sculptures in full color must be 3D printed in several parts. When finished, this will propably be the largest sculpture in the world in this technique (3D printed full color sandstone). The piece will consist of more than twelve individual parts, underneath is the first part that is ready (the buste). Under that you see how the sculpture will look like when it’s finished (that picture is a render, the other parts are printed right now by i.materialise in Belgium).
From June 11 until June 29, 3D printing sculptor Eric van Straaten exhibits at FUMA CONTEMPORARY | BUNKYO ART in Tokyo. The gallery is open …
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These are my ‘real life’ 3D-printed statuettes that are available for sale. If you want information on that, please mail me here.
These are my latest ketches in the form of computer renders (some of them are not yet 3D-printed, others are – see my portfolio above for pictures of the prints). All these new designs can be viewed in a 360 virtual render (click with your mouse on the image and move around). Some of these designs are already printed, but if not, this way of presenting digital designs give a real good idea of how the eventually 3D-printed sculptures will look like.
These are some of the best ‘real life’ 3D-printed statuettes that I made earlier (sold out).
According to trendwatchers, 3D-printing is the next big thing: in the near future, every household will own a printer that is capable of printing digital three-dimensional objects into a physical object. In the process that is best known under the name ‘Additive Manufacturing’, a 3D-printer builds up a model layer by layer by selectively hardening liquid or powder.
If this powder is a plaster-like material, a model can be directly printed in full color. The 3D-printing of delicate and colored models is far from being just pushing a button, but requires great technical skills. Therefore only a few specialize in this technique and there is no artist who pushes the boundaries of colorized 3D-prints as far as Eric van Straaten.
There is no technique that is capable of achieving such a great degree of hyper(sur)realism as 3D-modeling. At the same time, 3D printing is the only technique with which virtual models can be made actually physically touchable. Physical expressiveness in form and content is the biggest strength of the work of Eric van Straaten: while the sculptures remain to have a certain digital feel to them, the pieces contain a weirdly eroticized corporeality. Balancing on the edge of kitsch, the marzipan-like quality of the material resonates beautifully with the apparent innocence of the scenery.
Prof. Dr. Arnold Ratsberger