Saturday, 19 March 2011

Laser cutting and art

Is laser cutting art? Or is it the lazy way out? The answer to these questions is in another. Is ink printer art or a cop out? Is a printing press a copout? Of course not they are tools. You don’t chastise a carpenter for using a hammer and expect him to beat nails into wood with his bare hands so why chastise an artist or designer for using a laser cutter. It a new step in the evolution of design tools enabling for greater precision and detail than ever before, which in turn enables work that before the advent of these machines and vector based software was beyond even the most skilled craftsmen’s capabilities.
Beijing artist Wu jian'an's "golden tree" may not have been possible without this technology.

or the work by newyork designer Michael Maniberg seen here.

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Artist Olafur Eliassom created this piece, a laser-cut negative space rendering of his house in 85:1 scale.

It’s made of 454 slices, bound together in a book. Apparently it was quite a difficult process to put together, due to the complex constraints that were put upon the paper. Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Tattoo artist Scott Campbells
"Make it rain" collection conisits of stacked one
doller bills laser cut to bear slogans and images.

Amazing laser cut dress by Marchesa

Michael Mandiberg, New York City, burning the New York Times from Michael Mandiberg on Vimeo.

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