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3D Notion Explores The World Of 3D Printing

Bruce High Quality Foundation brings New York its first art show dedicated to 3D printed works.

The mysterious art collective Bruce High Quality Foundation has once again made noise in the art world. This time it’s through their unaccredited art school, Bruce High Quality Foundation University’s (BHQFU) newest show, 3D Notion.

3D Notion is the first art show in New York to focus solely on 3D printing. The show opened last Saturday and focuses on how “the three-dimensional print reconsiders not only how objects are designed and executed, but allows numerous new techniques to explore the notion of product.”


Curator Taylor Absher  came up with the idea for the show after he saw 3D printing penetrating the art world within the past five years, and watching the art community embrace it as a new medium.

Absher has created a show that acknowledges artists, and particularly art students, who have been enabled by universities to pursue this exciting, new medium. The resulting show of 19 artists exhibits a wide range of works, from cartoon-like figurines, to small-scale architectural masterpieces, to even eerily realistic human faces.

The goal of the show “was to show the diversity of what I see artists doing with 3D printing and to show that medium is not an end in itself, but can be a way for artists to achieve their own aesthetic goals,” the curator told The Creators Project.

Micah Ganke [via]

One artist whose work was on display was The Creators Project vet, Micah Ganske. When we checked in with the artist, whose miniature industrial landscapes we covered earlier this year, he remarked:

“There's nothing more exciting than new technology and the things it enables one to create. Since I use DIY and consumer-grade machines, it's also really fun that all these objects I make are specific to this particular era and time. In 20 years, people will have nostalgia over the look of these prints and will write filters to give their prints the ‘ribbed’ texture that fused filament fabrication machines produce.”


Tom Burtonwood [via]

While all of these pieces are clearly in conversation with the future of art and its modes of production, the show's overall aim is to help express why 3D printing should continue to visitors.

Even though the exhibit comes down tomorrow, we don’t expect this to be the last time we see the Bruces push our minds to think about the future of the art world.

Unless otherwise notes, all images courtesy of Micah Ganske.

Ana Marva Fernandez 

Shane Hope 

Daniele Frazier 

Top image courtesy of Yijung Liao (Pixy)