David W Van Ness is a Richardson, Texas-based artist and is a sculptor/educator whose work deals primarily with a surreal world developing after the fall of a civilization. David’s civilization, unlike ours, can manipulate nature to their whim. He’s the son of a very successful mathematician and was obsessed with myth, monsters, and science fiction as a child.
How did you get involved with the RAPID Artists project?
Since 2006 I have been working with SculptCAD on and off on several different projects. Nancy (Hairston, SculptCAD founder) came to me early and asked about people I thought she should include. Though none of my suggestions were included, I was.
Is this your first experience with 3D/digital sculpting technology and tools?
No, SculptCAD first did work for me on my stacking cow project in 2006.
How have these technologies changed the way you approach your process?
The ability to test a design out and change it without much demand has been nice, but also a problem when the computer crashes amid working. Just means I do the work again but this time more direct and succinct.
Are these digital tools having an effect on the work you are creating? Are the tools aiding/adding to/hindering the process?
Not really. I have been able to realize a project that I was working out in my head. I did have a little learning curve but now I think of them just like any tool.
What are your thoughts on the SculptCAD Rapid Artists Project?
It has been fun and interesting to see the other artists’ creations. I have been thinking about computer aided design for a long time and see now that I was rather limited in my vision
Looking beyond the project, what do you have coming up in the near future art-wise? Do you have any shows or projects planned?
I am giving a lecture at the conference and at Boise State University on this subject. I have yet to build much work this year beyond the RapidArtist piece. I did have one show earlier this year at Mary Thomas Gallery. I am working on new work for a show there as well. My galleries in Santa Fe and Denver are more salon type and don’t have “shows.”
How can people interested in your work get in touch with you?
vanness.dave (at) gmail.com
Do you have any final thoughts on the Rapid Artists Project?
I hope we can reproduce this experience again, with more and different artists I know this means that I might not be able to participate next time, but I think it would be interesting to see what develops