Technology Meets Art and Design at FOG Design+Art
From the advent of video art in the 1960s to forms of new media art in the 1990s, technology and its progress has continued to create new ways of artmaking and art viewing. This year’s FOG Design+Art showcases craftsmen and artists who have harnessed new capabilities and materials to create technologically advanced ways of engaging with and thinking of the functional object. To explore some of these technology-driven designs and artworks, read on for an overview of Artsy’s more tech-related gene categories:
Art and Technology: Some of the most dynamic works of art have often focused on the crossroads of technology and culture, often looking at the way art and design evolve in and are impacted by a world defined by the increasing presence of technology. Examples at the fair include Benjamin Rollins Caldwell’s Binary Table, 2013, made from deftly manipulating found computer parts into baroque-like ornaments for chairs, tables and shelves; Jim Campbell’s Edition 25, 2013 (Hosfelt Gallery Art) created using rows of LED lights, explores human perception and information technology through pixelated grids of out of focus digital images; or Jeppe Hein’s Frequency Watercolours (D) #4, 2013 (not featured at FOG) in which the artist uses sound vibrations to arrange and manipulate watercolor paint into geometric abstractions.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printed: An offshoot of CAD, which uses computer software programs in the creation and construction of design objects, 3D printing involves the printing of successive layers of materials. Examples from the fair include designer Ron Arad’s Drop, 2013 (Hedge Design) a computer-rendered wall sculpture in the shape of a Fiat 500 created from hundreds of stainless steel rods; Korean artist Kim San Hoon’s 3-D printed and sensuously curved console table from Gallery SEOMI Design; and Porcupine Cabinet, 2010, (Cristina Grajales Gallery Design) by Chilean-born Sebastian Errazuriz, made from independently flexible slats that open and expand into multiple configurations.