David Kirkpatrick

February 10, 2010

The SculptCAD Rapid Artists Project

Received mail from Nancy Hairston recently about a very exciting project combining fine art with 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and digital sculpture. Nancy is the founder and president of VanDuzen Inc., parent company of MedCAD, SculptCAD and Vouch Software, and even though she’s currently a leader in the 3D modeling and prototyping world, her background is in the arts.

She regularly presents at the SME Rapid show each year — a couple of years ago even discussing a VanDuzen project involving fine art when uncovering a forged Picasso sculpture — and this year was approached about giving working artists the opportunity to play around with the cutting edge of 3D digital technology and see what resulted. Nancy jumped at the opportunity and out of the initial conversation grew the SculptCAD Rapid Artists Project. Nancy has assembled 14 artists, including herself, and the resulting artwork will be shown in conjunction with the SME Rapid show coming this May in Anaheim.

From the final link:

SculptCAD, a front runner in blending sculpture and CAD for manufacturing and reverse engineering, is inviting artists to hang a left from the utilitarian use of this technology and do what they do when they do art. “Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what these artists would come up with, if they had access to 3D tools.” mused Nancy Hairston, Founder of SculptCAD. An idea was born : SculptCAD Rapid Artists Project.

The experience is apt to be transformative, expanding the creative process and arousing a shift in thinking about how art comes to take it’s place in the physical realm. A very, very contemporary approach to art. Why “Rapid”? Rapid Prototype Printing, 3D Scanning and Digital Sculpture. New approaches to art making and art output. High speed. On Demand. It allows the impossible to be possible. The SculptCAD Rapid Artists will show the possibilities they discover.

And here’s a list of participating artists:


Expect much more on this project here in the coming months.

October 20, 2008

Goodnight, State Fair

Filed under: Arts, et.al. — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:23 am

Tonight marked the end of the State Fair of Texas. I ended up going four times and had a blast every single time. The food breakdown went like this: corn dog (of course), funnel cake, boudin, tornado potato, grilled gator, a hamburger and a bunch of assorted stuff I can’t even recall. I think the grilled gator kebab gets my blue ribbon.

Update — STOP THE PRESSES — I can’t believe I forgot the chicken fried bacon. It was awesome, but the gator still wins.

Til next year …

State Fair of Texas, Midway entrance -- 2008
State Fair of Texas, Midway entrance — 2008

Our good friends, Brad and Laura Abrams both had artwork on the grounds this year. Thanks much for the parking passes! Hit the link for more information on their work.

June 13, 2008

It’s good to see the Texas GOP’s …

Filed under: Arts, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:05 pm

… taking on the big, important issues of the day.

Oh, wait a minute:

Robert Hurt went to Washington and didn’t like what he saw – nudity in the nation’s capital. “Nude women, sculptured women,” he told the state Republican platform committee, which sat in rapt attention.

Of all the evils in Washington that the Texas GOP took aim at this week, removing art with naked people from public view was high on the list for Mr. Hurt, a delegate from Kerrville.

“You don’t have nude art on your front porch,” he explained. “You possibly don’t have nude art in your living rooms. So why is it important to have that in the common places of Washington, D.C.?”

Mr. Hurt offered statistics: He’d heard that 20 percent of the art in the National Gallery of Art is of nudes.

He offered detail: On Arlington Memorial Bridge overlooking the famed national cemetery, “there are two Lady Godivas, two women on horses with no shirt on and long hair.”

Actually, they are classical sculptures about war – one called Valor, depicting a male equestrian and a female with a shield, and Sacrifice, a female accompanying the rider Mars.

(Hat tip: Wes)