3D-printing is advancing at such an accelerated pace. It was only last week that my mind was blown by Michaella Janse van Vuuren‘s 3D-printed kinetic sculptures, and much like The Giant said to Agent Cooper on Twin Peaks: “It is happening again.”
Here we have San Francisco artists/couple, Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock. The duo recently worked with MAQET to produce a pair of Plastin® sculptures based on their art. If you’re in the Portland area, Tunstall and Plock will be at The Grass Hut tonight for the opening of their new art show, Sweater Party.
“Waiting” by Ferris Plock, acrylic on panel (L) and Plastin® sculpture (R)
The Grass Hut posted Tunstall and Plock’s new paintings online, and I paired them up with the new sculptures for some perspective. The face of Plock’s sculpture (in the photos above) is cloaked in wax paper for protection during travel. I’m not sure what motivated Plock to change the hat’s color from blue (2D) to green (3D), but I have been known to enjoy a green hat myself. I’m also loving the sneakers and the socks, and I’ve gotta say: MAQET’s ability to reproduce the artist’s intricate patterns is pretty damn magical.
“Confetti” by Kelly Tunstall, Plastin sculpture® (L) and acrylic on panel (R)
Here’s a comparison of the two mediums for Tunstall’s piece. I’m really digging the striped bass and the chain necklace. Spoiler alert: After copious modeling and crafting, the Confetti sculpture was printed in one piece–including that necklace! Tunstall’s color palette is also terrific. (See, I like other colors besides green…)
The piece began with the 3D rendering shown above at left. At right is one of Tunstall’s “Fashion Friday” illustrations. You can see more of her girls here.
Here’s a recent collaborative painting that Plock posted to Instagram. That filter-centric photosharing service is seriously becoming addictive.
To my knowledge, Plock and Tunstall have not dabbled too deeply in 3D. Looking through their websites, it seems like their characters and designs could be amazing if they were viewable and tangible from all angles. In 2009, the couple did the custom Kokeshi dolls above for the Japanese American National Museum.
I’m a big fan of the sweater vest, though I don’t know if I, personally, could rock that salmon pink one on the right. And although I love the green argyle of the sweater on the left, you don’t want to see me with that deep of a plunging neckline.
Here’s another Instagram snap of Sweater Party‘s installation courtesy of Tunstall. I wish these were MY walls and that I also had a closet filled with matching rad sweaters! For now, I’ll have to settle for checking out the work online here. (You should do it too.)