May 28, 2008

Black Honey curved bowl


There's a debate within the design world about whether computer generated art should be given the same "weight" as designs created by hand. I understand why some would want undermine work that was created by designing on a CAD computer model. But I have to assume that this is the future. The above Black Honey curved bowl by Arik Levy ($2,400) is the perfect example. Levy used the process of stereolithography, which creates "rapid prototypes", allowing one to "print" three-dimensional structures from a computer. The computer model is sliced into very thin layers, and each layer is created through the use of a laser, which fuses together the material. Upon completion, the physical model replicates the CAD computer model to the finest detail. Just because something is easier to create, does that make it less worthy? Maybe.

3 comments:

IF+D said...

I too am torn between the excitment of this new way of design and my loyality to the handmade. I can only hope that we can all live together in peace one day!

Ceci said...

I think they can cooperate with each other...
Also, there are things that you can imagine, but you will never be able to draw by hand...

Imagine what would have been drawing the Bilbao Guggenheim by hand!!!

Anonymous said...

Is it really easier? I'm not sure.

What about a photograph how 'hard' is that to create - it is also completely mediated through technology.

Are the pencil/brush really that different as extensions of the body than the mouse or the camera? each has a set of limitations and parameters.

different mediums, different processes of 'becoming'