Searching to Honor The Pioneers in 3D And Fine Art

“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants.
We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did,
not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they,
but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”

The Metalogicon John of Salisbury 1159

Recognizing the Achievements of Others

There seems to be a need in us as humans to recognize the achievements of others. That is why we have banquets, and develop awards. However, there is one group with no award and no recognition. As I think of this group, I feel compelled to give them that recognition. If I could have a banquet and invite all of them from around the world, I would. If I had a space where I could collect their work and show it to the world, I would. The only thing I have to recognize these people is the space in my new book project and the thankfulness of all of my muses.

When watching awards being given we think of the life-work of an individual. We applaud and then order another martini. However, in this case, thankfulness goes much deeper than just a life of work. It is a person’s passion and life work that also contributes to paving the way for others who come after them. The processes of these “pioneers” enlightened others. Their struggles created dialogue; their mistakes or needs caused others to reconfigure the process. Some dedicated their life to passing on their information and teaching others. Everyone of these made a difference. I’m not sure if most of those in my group recognize that this is what they have done, and some of them, frankly, I’m just getting to know their part in this creative journey and how it plays on my creative process. Sadly, some that I am finding, have passed away and have never received the recognition they deserve.Those that I am speaking of are artists who have dedicated their life and passion to combining fine art and technology.

Many people think that realizing work in a physical form with 3D printing is new and the first time this has been done. My friend you could not be more wrong. There are artists who have been combining 3D technology and fine art and craft for years. I call these men and women pioneers.

My Way of Saying Thank You.

There are however, no banquets, no awards, and worse yet, no galleries that can house the “first” works of these individuals. The only thing that I can do with the resources that I have is thank them and give them a place of honor in my new book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploration of 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling by Bridgette Mongeon

It is these shoulders that we now stand on. It is their accomplishments and trials that have built the technology. I have said it time and time again; If artists take this technology and push it to the limits with their creative processes it will cause new and exciting things to happen.  It is the reason I am writing this book.

It is My Honor

There are many artists and vendors featured in the book. Those that I consider pioneers are:* Carl Bass- Recognized for your creative passion and your position in technology that encourages the marriage of fine art and craft with 3D. Thank you for the Digital Stone Exhibition and other things that you are doing. (I’m still trying to reach Carl for his participation of images.) * Bruce Beasley * Robert Michael Smith and * Jon Isherwood along with others who are committed to continuing education in 3D combined with stone and CNC milling.  * Bathsheba Grossman – As a woman who has worked in the primarily male populated world of 3D technology I am indebted to Bathsheba for paving her  way, for her incredible contribution and experimentation with 3D printing of metal and for her ingenuity with creativity and math. * Erwin Hauer and * Enrique Rosado, for their contribution in preserving the past by introducing the future.
There are many others that I have contacted and some that I have yet to contact. The list includes but is not limited to. *Michael Rees, *Kenneth Snelson, *Keith Bown, * Elona Van Gent, *The family of Rob Fisher *Dan Collins, * Christian Lavigne, * Barry X ball *Robert Lazzarini,  *Lawrence Argent and *David Morris.

These pioneers pushed the limits and created
dialogues around art and 3D. They paved the way, encouraged
collectors and museums and inspired others. They need to
be recognized not only for their art, but for their
contributions. Sculpture by Robert Michael Smith

Please help me find and honor the pioneers

If I have listed your name or you know of a pioneer  that I have forgotten, please contact me as soon as possible. I don’t want to leave anyone out.

  • Please send me an email at Bridgette (the at sign)
  • Please include a few high-resolution images of your work and possibly one of yourself and your work. Some artists are sending screen shots of the digital work to compare to the completed work; these should be screen shots with the largest screen so that we can make them look good when reduced down.
  • Please send me a short bio 500 words or less and let me know when you began using 3D technology in your fine art practice, and what type of work you do now.
  • Please give me a separate list of your software that you use and your vendors if they are pertinent to realizing your artwork in a physical form.
  • Feel free to send links to other resources on your work. I will also require an e-mail to send you an electronic release form.

My absolute deadline for all of the above information is September 1st. Space in the book is limited so the earlier I can receive information the better.

Make it Personal
If any of these people would like to participate in an online interview about their work I would love to schedule you for an informal podcast in the next 3-4 months. I create these podcasts through a simple phone conversation, at your convenience. They are recorded and released prior to the book. I will also provide you with a link to the podcast. Here are some examples of ones that have been done in the past.

Thank you so much for such strong shoulders to stand on. I only hope 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploration of 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling will be my small contribution to those who go after me. Thank you for your consideration.

This book will come out summer of 2015 and is being published by Focal Press. I am indebted to the publisher for believing in the importance of this project especially since it is different from their other published books.

Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

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She is the vice chair of the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012 and 2013

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