Posts Tagged ‘Material Magic’

ABS of Bronze

Monday, February 13th, 2012

For The Bronze Project at SVA, select students received a grant to study closely with Ben Keating of Keating Studio. In less than one semester, undergraduate students created a digital CAD file, an ABS plastic prototype, and a bronze cast sculpture, all under the guidance of Keating, an artist whose Trenton-based foundry has produced large-scale, material-intensive sculptures for some of New York’s biggest galleries, artists, and estates. (I’m happy to know Ben personally.) Students even visited the foundry to watch the bronze-pouring process.

(l-r) Ben Keating, Suzanne Anker, and Sabine Flach

Ben Keating, "Love Hate," 2001-present

3D rapid prototyping technology is accelerating so quickly that consumer systems are increasingly approaching affordability. Art students will have to contend with this technology. Best is to immerse themselves in it and learn how to “scale up,” both in physical dimensions and materials, while learning what’s required to deliver a bronze sculpture in time for a show. And anyway, it usually takes a patron with deep pockets to cover the production of bronze projects. That means it could be years or longer before art students get hands-on access to bronze.

Next stop: NYC Affordable Art Fair: Laura Murray, "Inheritance," 2012

The Bronze Project sculptures are now exhibited at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery in Material Magic, curated by BFA Fine Arts Dept. Chair Suzanne Anker.  Photos here are from last week’s packed opening.  Watch for predators!

"I'm a shark, I'm a shark!"

Michael Joaquin Grey, "Autonomic Mother," 1992