Gridlock Series 3D Printed Artwork
As with much of my work, the aesthetic of these pieces is a reflection of the medium and technology. As a 3D printer is limited in scale, I decided to work with a "kit of parts" approach. This is a natural for me, as I am very keen on articulation. I like to let things be what they want to be. The frame, the panels, the spacers, and the clips each have their role. My intent is for them to all work together in one seamless system, of course.
I often work with repurposed imagery in my work, so as to give you an entry point into the experience. The spacers between the panels are intended to recall a USGS map, lunar moon photos, concrete formwork, and other markers of modular composition. The frame, traditionally added outside the main image, in this case is itself broken down into pieces by the corner clips, which, being of the same material and color of the spacers, integrate the frame back into the work. These elements are common, in different color schemes, to all of the pieces in the series.
The panels themselves explore different themes for each piece. Each piece is a one-off, and even though I sometimes use the same panel designs, I re-arrange them, change their colors, mix and match, or make other alterations to make each piece unique.