Interweaving: Creative Fabrication
Nov 10, 2020
Dec 23, 2020
Courtesy of the artist.
FRONT & CENTER
Front & center
Interweaving: Creative Fabrication features recent sculptures and data materializations made by students and faculty from UNC Asheville and Texas A&M University. These works explore the intersection of time and identity in relation to key issues and current events, including Covid-19, Racism, Gender, and the 2020 Election. Each sculpture is realized through digital and traditional fabrication methods such as laser cutting, water jet cutting, 3D printing, hand-finishing, forging, forming, casting, embroidery and sewing, wood working, and welding. Additionally, several of the designs were generated by working through a novel creative process or workflow, developed by the faculty, called data materialization.
The data materialization begins by researching and identifying trustworthy datasets. The data may be imported into one of several custom scripts, which in turn generates a pattern. The designs are further customized by the artists and produced as both 2D patterns, as in Sophie Lee’s Into the Social Fabric, and 3D as in Julia McAulty and Tate Folds’ Instability. The goal of this process is to produce works utilizing data as a raw material to produce meaningful forms.
Form, Installation, and Environment, is a course in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. MFA/MS candidates investigate connections between meaning, material, form, the body, space, and installations while keeping in mind the Visualization program’s mission of connecting art, science, and technology. Creative Fabrication: Art Meets Engineering is an elective course in UNC Asheville’s Engineering Program that satisfies the university’s general education requirement for the arts. In the class, students design and create sculpture that communicates a thematic message through data.
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about the artists
Susan Reiser and Courtney Starrett
Selected by CFC Partner Gallery Faculty Advisory Committee:
Suzanne Dittenber, Assistant Professor of Art
Lei Han, Professor of New Media
Jackson Martin Associate Professor of Art
Jonathan King Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Leah Mathews, Professor of Economics
Lise Kloeppel, Associate Professor of Drama
Dr. Leisa Rundquist, Professor of Art History and University Curator
Brent Skidmore Associate Professor of Art and Public Arts & Humanities Chair
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