Artist Adam Nathaniel Furman has paired up with 3D printing company Lee3D to create a new exhibit for the Design Museum, Designer in Residence program. Lee3D chose to sponsor Furman's exhibit at the design museum and used their ZPrinter 650 to print the pieces for display. The exhibit, called "Identity Parade", explores the concept of identity through products made entirely from 3D printing and slip casting.
On his blog, Furman states the inspiration for his artwork comes from his desire to invoke all of the viewer's senses through his pieces. "Beauty is great and everything, but I don't think that anything can beat something that is totally irresistible, stuff that is so completely luscious you just want to shove as much of it in your mouth as you possibly can, or lick it like mad; like it's a huge, ice cold, five scoop strawberry ice bonanza. It's frankly got nothing to do with whether you can actually eat something or not. It's all about how much it gets your senses going, how quickly and strongly it gets to your gut through your eyes, how quickly it makes you salivate with longing. Our senses, our urges, all our various bodily desires that can be aroused have extremely vague boundaries, they blur into one another. That's what I want to see from the things that emerge from my kiln. My very own Terracotta army fighting in perpetuity, not for beauty, not for my memory, but for deliciousness, delight, titillation and desire."
Furman has produced a large number of pieces for display at the Design Museum. To get the production process started, Furman first works his designs up in a CAD program and then delivers them to Lee3D. Once they have the CAD files in hand, Lee3D uses a ZPrinter 650 to build the pieces, because it is capable of producing durable color models that can be cast to produce molds. "The ZPrinter 650 is suited to Adam's work with its complex geometry and vibrant colors," said Lee3D director George Lee. "We have invested in finishing technology for this project to keep color parts looking as sharp as the day they were printed. In the past some color parts faded which would be disastrous in a high profile exhibition in the Design Museum."
The 3D printed pieces are also used to produce molds for glazed ceramic editions of Furman's work. Identity Parade will be on display at the Design Museum from September 4 through January 12, 2014. If you'd like to view more of Furman's work you can take a look at his blog, which he updates regularly with photos.
If you'd like to view a ZPrinter 650 in action you can take a look at the video below: