AboutNeoreplicants brings together the results of a partnership between Exeter Phoenix's Digital Art Commission 2012 and the University of Exeter's Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM). This opportunity gave thirty South West based visual artists the chance to explore the possibilities offered by the emerging technologies of 3D printing to their art making practice.
Artists were given training and access to CALM's facilities to create objects in computer modeling software that were then printed through a process of laser sintering - whereby granules of a densely packed nylon powder material are welded together, layer-by-layer, by laser.
The results of this opportunity reflect a breadth of interest and enquiry; from those seated in formal process to a more conceptual engagement with this emerging manufacturing technology. For some this offered a completely new approach to their practice, for others an extension of their existing interest in digital formats.
Although many of the works on show exist in the form of experimental sketches, the first step perhaps in understanding the possibilities and potential for further development, some emerge as finished artworks in their own right, and one artist has been selected to develop their concept further into a solo presentation in early 2013.
Catherine Cartwright / Mat Chivers / Sam Cook / Katy Connor / Maia Conran / Paul Channing / Susie David / Nick Davies / Robin Duttson / Diane Gorvin / Jacqui Harrison / Julie Hewson / Gabrielle Hoad / Nicola Jaberi / Jo Lathwood / Debbie Locke / Stephen Monger / Phillip Oreilly / Wei Ong/Sarah Parks / Josh Randall / Angela Read / Simon Ryder / Caroline Saunders / Helen Snell / Zoe Tissandier / Kasia Turajczyk / Jessica Turrell / Michael Werbicki / Nicci Wonnacot