Contemporary art embraces Objet 3D technology


The art world is starting to realise the potential of 3D printing technologies to create unconventional and innovative pieces of work.

Blazing the trail in this respect is Maria Fernanda Cardoso, with her extraordinary exhibition: It’s Not The Size That Matters It Is Shape.

The exhibition showcases a collection of miniature sculptures, electromicroscopic
photographs and digital drawings of the reproductive organs of various insects, spiders and other creepy-crawlies.

Maria is well known for her unconventional use of materials and her ability to embrace new technology, her work is exhibited in major museums and galleries in the Australia, US, Latin America, Europe.

“We think we have seen it all … we are wrong,” says Maria Fernanda, or better known as Professor Cardoso.

With an eye for the small and the unusual, her artworks of snail, fleas, weevil, mite, harvestman and microbat genitalia have been transformed into a landscape of investigative awe and wonder.

The Microsculptures, printed by Formero’s Objet 3-D technology have been described as complex and intricate organic and formally beautiful objects, a technological, scientific and artistic feat presented for the first time to the public to admire.

Formero, a company specialising in rapid prototyping and custom manufacturing has pioneered the rapid prototyping industry in Australia.

The first to introduce Objet’s 3D printing using PolyJet matrix technology that enables the printing of parts with physical and mechanical properties previously unobtainable.

This technology was perfect for recreating the incredible shapes, intricate details and complex geometries of the various species Maria exhibited.

Maria Fernanda Cardoso is currently represented by Grantpirrie Gallery in Sydney and ARC ONE in Melbourne.

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