Joshua Harker was on a quest to find a medium that would make his surreal drawings into something tangible. By a process called automatism, he generated his first drawings called ‘Tangle’ in the 1980s and as the name suggests, the collection was far too complicated to be realized sculpturally. Fast forward 20 years later when 3d printing took the world by storm and gave Harker the perfect tool he needed to turn his drawings into the sculptures he intended them to be. Today, the artist and sculptor is considered to be a visionary and a pioneer in creating modern art using 3d printing technologies with different materials such as metals, plastics, and ceramics. According to Harker, “A product of my time, I use technology not only because of its utter necessity in the forms I make but also that I feel absolutely compelled to make art with it, to humanize the inhuman as we’ve done with stone, clay, metal, & wood… digital data as medium, computer as chisel, & 3d printer as forge.” His Kickstarter project called Crania Anatomica Filigre featuring a 3d-printed skull remains as the most funded Kickstarter project in sculptural art.
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