When Autodesk wanted to show the world what their design software could do in the right hands, they turned once again to renowned artist Bruce Beasley.
The result is a body of work titled "Coriolis" on display now at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.
In physics, the coriolis effect is the deflection of moving objects when viewed in a rotating frame of reference, and Beasley's work is a collection of twisting and spiraling pieces of abstract shapes that imply motion while fully stationary.
"These Coriolis works utilize Autodesk technology that best allows me to investigate and communicate what has fascinated me for over sixty years – the aesthetic and emotional potential of complex shapes in space. Computer modeling and 3D printing give me the ability to make sculptures I could not execute in any other way. The creative impulse remains the same whatever tools an artist uses, but it is liberating and exciting to explore a new vocabulary of shapes – part mechanical, part organic – made possible through innovations in technology."
Beasley has spent the last five decades on the art world's cutting edge. His portfolio has enjoyed both critical and market success, with pieces collected by the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou in France.
Beasley was also one of the first artists to adopt 3D printing and has been working with the technology for the last 30 years.
Autodesk sponsored the Digital Stone Exhibition in 2008, which showcased Beasley along with three other sculptors who use 3D software as part of their artistic process.
The new exhibition is an illustration of both Beasley and Autodesk's commitment to exploring the rich interactive boundaries between creativity and technology.
"Bruce has always forged a new technological path to further his art and was one of the earliest artists to adopt our design software into his work," said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. "His latest Coriolis exhibition further solidifies him as one of the leading masters of revolutionizing fine art sculptural media."