Dutch sculpturist Eric van Straaten makes ‘realistic’ 3D sculptures. His creative process involves a 3D printer that produces the objects of his complex computer creations. Here are some of his own words about this:
There is no technique that is capable of achieving such a great degree of hyper(sur)realism as 3D-modeling. At the same time, 3D printing is the only technique with which virtual models can be made actually physically touchable. Physical expressiveness in form and content is the biggest strength of the work of Eric van Straaten: while the sculptures remain to have a certain digital feel to them, the pieces contain a weirdly corporeality. Balancing on the edge of kitsch, the marzipan-like quality of the material resonates beautifully with the apparent innocence of the scenery.
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3D Printing is the next big thing, once these devices reach homes all over the world an entire new economy will flourish, and the beautiful sculptures created by Eric Van Straaten, an artist who’s also an early adopter of the technology, showcase exactly the sort of thing we’ll see becoming very popular in near future.