Take a quick tour of contemporary artist Jordan Wolfson’s latest museum exhibition which features scenes and installations from 3 of his animated film productions, ‘Con Leche’ (2009), ‘Animation, masks’ (2011) and ‘Raspberry Poser’ (2012). Though complex juxtapositions of web graphics, pop culture icons, historical art references and quirky music/animations, Wolfson elegantly showcases the development of analogue and digital animation through history: animation transcends borders to eliminate differences between images and objects, life and non-life, human and beast, motion and static, reality and imagination. Through animated pop bottles, condoms and other non-life objects, Wolfson shows us how these differences make up the culture we live in.
Watch Wolfson’s films and you will find uncanny references to our everyday desires and fears, and the notions of life, death and love. Condoms filled with plump little hearts flutter around, small Coca-Cola bottles hurtle by, mutating red blood cells and a caricature Jew are just a few of the players in the biotope of dazzling images.
From a metaphorical perspective, one of the most important aspects of Wolf’s films is that he appears in parts as a voice over, thereby diminishing the invisible line often drawn between artist and artwork. By taking on multiple identities, Wolfe shows us how our lives can be viewed in parallel to a play with several roles that can be enhanced by social media.
A glimpse of dutch designer Iris Van Herpen’s tantalizing Spring/Summer Haute Couture collection. Celebrities who have used the designer’s 3D-printed fashion include Lady Gaga and Bjork.
Producing wearable designer fashion pieces using 3D printers is already a reality today. With intricate designs created by a pulsed laser that layers powdered rubbers or metals into shapes calculated by computers, these wearable sculptures that unfold out of flexible material are taking over catwalks all over the world. However beyond mere novelty, 3D printing really offers creative minds the freedom to experiment with ideas and materials, without the burden of time and production costs that have become commonplace in the fashion industry.
Designer Daniel Widrig’s 3D printed exoskeleton spine showcases sharp and contoured forms that accentuate the natural curves of the back and shoulders. Inspired by contractions and expansion of muscles, it is easy to see the muscle fibrils twisting with the printed parts. As muscles expand and contract with body movement, muscle tissues clash with the 3D printed structure to create a contrast of forms that is intimidating yet seductive.
Designer Daniel Widrig draws inspiration from the human body to create matte sculptures that can be customized to the individual body type yet also maintain a consistent form at the same time (see image above).
3D printing isn’t limited to high fashion. Continuum is a clothing company that allows customers to shape and design their own fashion creations online while the company prints, manufactures and brings these unique fashion pieces to life. Why limit creativity to professionals when technology has made it possible for everyday Internet users to draw wardrobes on their desktops!