Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  Paul Laidler  Ray Kinsela Z-Corp Powder Binder 3D print

3D 2D: Object and Illusion in Print - Exhibition

location: Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery
Curated By: Paul Thirkell
Date: 18 September - 30 October 2010
URL Links:www.lightyearsprojects.org //
www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/dealers_galleries/InfoAll/exhibitions
catalogue essay: http://www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk/pdfs/45essay.pdf
There has long been a close relationship between the second and third dimension in the field of Printmaking. Connoisseurs and printmakers frequently describe how the rich surface qualities of (for example) the etched emboss, the raised trace of the relief block, or the layered impasto of a screen print – serve to enhance the impact of a 2D image, creating something more akin to an object than a mere visual illusion on a flat surface. Many traditional artists printing techniques in fact share similar principles and conventions to those of sculpture for moulding, processing, casting and being produced in multiple. In recent years new digital techniques for printing have enhanced the printmakers palette, however, prints produced through digital output have remained largely in the 2D realm.

Currently a new era is dawning with print based, rapid prototype technologies gradually coming within the reach of the fine artist. This exhibition investigated the dual possibilities of creatively engaging with digital software and hardware to produce data that can be printed in both 2D and 3D. A selection of artists working in the field have were selected to produce printed images and related printed objects that reveal new insights into image and object making through print. Each artist produced both a 2D (digital print) and a 3D printed object that in some way sets up a relationship or an interaction between the 2 dimensions.

Below are a selection of photographs from the exhibition - click on any image to enlarge.

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As well as the new work, the exhibition featured a work by Richard Hamilton printed at the CFPR in 2003 – The Typo Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass – which maps and annotates Duchamp’s work in the form of a large inkjet print. Other work in the show includes an illuminated print by US artist Lesley Dill and laser cut prints by Charlotte Hodes.

List of exhibiting artists and works:
Katie Davies and Peter Walters ‘Pulsar Z Corp’ and ‘Time Slice’
Jeremy Gardiner and Anthony Head ‘Light Years: Coast’, ‘Isle of Purbeck’, ‘Mupe Bay’, ‘The Handfast Point’, ‘St Aldhelm’s Head’ and ‘Corfe Castle 1, 2, 3’
Brendan Reid ‘Foxvoxbox’, ‘Erasure’ and ‘Striped Manta’
Paul Laidler Brendan Reid ‘Ray Kinsela 1’ and ‘Ray Kinsela 2’
Paul Laidler ‘Roombeek series’
Charlotte Hodes ‘Dappled Light: Orange’, ‘Dappled Light: Apricot’, ‘Dappled Light: Whites’ and ‘Dappled Light: Pink’
Conor Wilson ‘Garden’, ‘Earth’, ‘Infants with Goat’ and ‘Tree’
Lesley Dill ‘Faith’
Richard Hamilton ‘The Typo Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass’
Paul Sandammeer ‘Flying Fish Pig’
Paul Thirkell ‘Fairground Horse’ and ‘Abandoned Dodgem’