Ioan Florea decided to ‘pony’ up with another amazing 3D print to grab center stage at this year’s New York International Auto Show 2015. This year, Florea has further supercharged a Chevy Camaro with his inimitable style that takes a functioning object—often, technically, a machine—and stops it forever in its tracks, emblazoned in 3D printed art.
We’ve reported on Florea previously, after our 3DPrint.com Managing Editor and Co-founder Eddie Krassenstein was able to speak with him last year at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City, where he was displaying his much-discussed Ford Gran Torino borne from 3D printed liquid metal. At the time he was focusing on finishing his 3D printed house next, but the automobile industry was obviously still equally on his mind. We see, this year, that the vision of the automobile in 3D printing continued to both haunt and inspire him, as he greets the New York International Auto Show 2015 with yet another massive 3D printed work in its unmistakable vibrant, vehicular form.
The Romanian-born Florea is an artist who not only fervently believes in 3D printing as the next revolution, but others believe in him greatly as an artist, especially in his wielding of the 3D printing medium. Because of that, he has almost complimentary use of one of the world’s largest 3D printers, via Voxeljet.
With an array of raised surfaces and ornamental display, the Camaro is a stunning composition of primary colors that come together just perfectly. It certainly looks like a royal ride for the future, with the bright hues fused together during high temperatures and the curing process. Florea refers to his process as ‘Virtual Archaelogy,’ which involves a mixture of zen art along with numerical codes that offer infinite variety for his projects.
The artist, who holds an M.F.A. in painting has historically not remained mired in one medium or subject type, as he is accomplished in painting, large-scale sculpting, and obviously the impressive resume he is building in the 3D printing world with the connection to both the iconic automobiles of America and the comfort of home. He obviously enjoys offering his work as a provocative display for the viewer, who might sometimes have simple questions about its intent, as well as how he comes about producing such striking art with his 3D printer.
While thankfully his 3D printed home was meant to be an artistic statement only and not actually the next trend in suburban architecture, it is a showstopping 200-square-foot work encompassing his memories of Romania, combined with his unique new style that looks like it could–along with his other works–definitely put any 3D printer to the test.
The Camaro is still a work in progress that Florea is finishing at the show, located at the Javits Center, where the New York International Auto Show 2015 is being held from April 3-12th. Viewers who stop by Art Studio Booth 1321 can check out the progress firsthand as this impressive artist continues his literal fusion between art and technology that is meant as an overall (and obviously quite large) vision depicting the American Dream—to own a home and car. Following this show, the vehicle will remain at the Javits Center where it will continue to be on display as part of the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo from April 16-17.
Have you been following Florea’s work? Are you a car buff, and if so, what do you think of this representation of the classic pony, or muscle, car? Tell us your thoughts in the 3D Printed Camaro forum over at 3DPB.com.