Not only is EuroMold 2014 shaping to be a force to be reckoned with in terms of international trade shows, but Stratasys is going all out. They will be keeping event goers busy checking out their displays, and will be featuring an art gallery, which is a first for EuroMold.
The artist to be showing his work is Nick Ervinck, who is creating five pieces of artwork with a powerful theme depicting and expressing the elements—with the sixth one being a tribute to the innovation of 3D printing—which he uses to create all the artwork in the collection, aptly named ‘The Sixth Element.’
Ervinck used a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer to translate the beauty and power of nature into art.
“There is currently no other technology in the world capable of achieving the unique, transparent 3D printed art pieces I’ve created with Stratasys. My work has always been a hybrid between the virtual and physical world and a 3D printer is one of the few tools, if not the only one, that can efficiently mediate between the two,” Ervinck said. “With the level of accuracy achievable with this technology, it is now possible to compose complex structures and designs that were unthinkable before in contemporary sculpture, pushing the limits of what is realistic to create.”
His collection features the following pieces, all created using the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer.
Light and Wind: through the sculpture GNILICER, the artist features colored lines which were actually inspired by the sci-fi movie, “Tron.” BRETOMER represents wind, with a nod to the ethereal quality of smoke as well, as if it is encapsulated and moving inside the art form. In using translucent color and the 3D printing technology instead of traditional methods, Ervink explores the qualities of mass and questions space by ‘oscillating between the static and the unknown.’
Water and Movement: MYRSTAW very much reminds me of the water and is reminiscent of a coral reef in shape, with the idea behind it as a representation of splashing water.
Movement: NOITENA and NOITULS were created as an expression of motion, and the intricate, detailed 3D printed pieces can be interpreted by the art lover in a number of ways, but it is important to note that this sculpture could not be re-created by traditional methods.
“When we approached Nick, we challenged him to encapsulate the motion blur of his Lightbox series in a way that it could be captured in 3D form. This adventure led us all to the birth of NOITULS and NOITENA,” said Naomi Kaempfer, Stratasys Creative Director Art Fashion Design. “The artworks perfectly encapsulate Nick’s artistic style of balancing the dialogue between the sci-fi and the morbid animal bone structure. It is a privilege to work with an artist that coins systematically a unique expression language.”
Ervinck uses an ethereal concept regarding the elements, light, and color to produce 3D printed works of art that allow the viewer to drift into a different reality, and one that was only made possible with the use of Stratasys’ inimitable 3D printer.
“The level of realism achievable using the Objet500 Connex3 is unsurpassed, as it is the only 3D Production System that enables me to combine colors, transparency and multiple materials at the same time to create organic, geometrical, fluid and large scale sculptures,” Ervinck said. “I now see 3D printing as a tool to use in creating my work just as a painter considers his brush a tool; it is that integrated into my design process.”
Because of the triple-jetting technology offered by the Objet500, Ervinck is able to mix transparent and opaque materials and produce various materials, shapes and opacities all at once.
Each piece of 3D printed art is inspiring in its expression of all life has to offer and throw at us in terms of the elements of earth, water, air, fire and life, with the sixth element unveiling the natural beauty of 3D printing. Two other accomplished artists will be working with Stratasys for works to be displayed at the EuroMold art gallery, and will be announced soon.