Jason deCaires Taylor, “Ocean Atlas.”

Recently completed and installed earlier in October is Jason deCaires Taylor’s massive “Ocean Atlas" sculpture which weighs over 60 tons.  The underwater sculpture was installed in Nassau, Bahamas and is the largest underwater sculpture ever recorded and was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation for their ongoing underwater garden project.

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Somerville, MA-based artist Judith Klausner (previously featured here) recently contacted us about a wonderful series of 3D fine art prints she’s begun making based on the Oreo Cameo portraits from her awesome From Scratch series of food-based art. Each piece is exactly the same size as the actual cookie sculpture upon which it’s based and the cookie portion is made of a sandstone composite that gives it the same feel as real cookie.

"As an artist who employs almost exclusively low-tech techniques but is steeped personally and culturally in the world of technology, I am deeply invested in the dialogue between technology and art, and the symbiosis that can be found there. These 3D fine art prints have been captured in minute detail by 3D laser scan (I worked with a fantastic small company in the Boston area called 3D Printsmith) and 3D-printed in a combination of color sandstone and detailed plastic (then hand-assembled). Only 150 prints will be made of each Cameo, which comes with a stand and hand-numbered certificate."

We love Klausner’s beautiful Oreo Cameos, which are made by painstakingly carving the frosting inside Oreo cookies to create exquisite relief portraits. They’re wonderful, but they’re also very fragile. Humidity makes the cookies crumble and high temperatures cause the filling to melt. 3D printed fine art prints of the original sculptures seem like the perfect way for people to own a piece of Klausner’s work without having to worry about keeping it in a climate-controlled environment. 

Click here to browse Judith Klausner’s online shop.


On View: Troy Coulterman’s “Digital Handshake” at MacKenzie Art Gallery

Troy Coulterman’s resin sculptures evoke the vibrant colors and over-the-top expressions of animations and graphic novels. His illustrative style is somewhat unexpected to experience in three-dimensions. The Canadian artist (who was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 27) recently debuted an exhibition in his hometown, Regina, Saskatchewan, at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Titled “Digital Handshake,” the show takes inspiration from the abstract ways we communicate online. In the candy-colored sculptures, figures appear to dissolve into pixel-like blocks. In the show’s centerpiece, a man and a woman are separated by an abstract mass — perhaps a metaphor for the barrier we put between ourselves and the world as we increasingly opt for digital experiences over physical ones.

“Digital Handshake” is on view through January 25.


In Portents

Short video put together by Hannah Fitz, Tanad Williams and Kevin A. Freeney features a revolving physical form made with a melted lenticular sheet.

I’m embedding the video below, but I would have to say it is incredibly boring and long (it doesn’t run at the same speed as the GIF above) and there is hardly any contextual material to accompany it. This is, however, of interest for being an actual physical shape with a moving image on it (something I can’t recall seeing elsewhere) - lenticular prints are obviously more common for being flat. Maybe this will inspire some creative thinking for others, I don’t know …