Ex Nihilo, “out of nothing” in Latin, is an outgrowth from Patrick Lichty’s obsession of the porous boundaries between the physical and the virtual. This fascination stems from Lichty working almost entirely with digital media since 1989, and after working in the online virtual world, Second Life, for nearly 30-40 hours a week for the last three years. From this prolonged immersion Lichty felt an intense need for being in-person, and translating media works into physical manifestations…3D printing is a natural direction for this exploration, and the exhibit will feature 3D-printed work from Micah, Marius, and over 20 other artists, including Patrick Lichty. Micah tells us he will submit his James Tiberius Kirk #1 and Shuttle R.I.P. which are up on Thingiverse. Micah explains his work in this episode from the last season of MakerBot TV. Marius’ residency focused on form studies like the picture below. More of his work can be seen on his portfolio site, where he writes that the “low cost [of MakerBotting] allows a real exploration of the serial nature of a single system, rather than selecting one single ‘perfect’ form.” For those readers in the Chicago area, here are the details on the show. Opening reception: Thursday March 29th, 5:00 – 8:00pm Exhibition dates: March 29th – April 28th, 2012 Gallery hours: Weds: noon – 3.30pm Thurs – Sat: noon – 5pm What It Is 23 E. Madison, Chicago, IL, 60602 ph. 773-837-9809 https://wot-it-is.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week, a fascinating exhibit will open in Chicago that will feature work from not one, but two of MakerBot’s former Artists-in-Residence, Micah Ganske and Marius Watz. Improbable Objects is an element of Ex Nihilo, a solo exhibition from the artist, technologist, and writer Patrick Lichty. The site for the exhibition has an interesting note on the origins of Ex Nihilo.