‘Mind 2 Machine 2 Material’ 3-D art exhibit to open

3D art by Sophie Kahn

Eight internationally renowned artists who are connecting their imaginations to the limitless possibilities of 3-D printing are exhibiting sculptures at Northern Arizona University.

Mind 2 Machine 2 Material: Digital Technology and Sculpture Today explores emerging media and digital technologies in fine art at the NAU Art Museum. The exhibit runs April 19 through June 10.

“3-D printing is more than just technology, it has more to do with not being bound by any particular practice or even traditional art methods,” said David Van Ness, coordinator of New Media at NAU. “If you can imagine it, you can create it.”

New Media, the term used when artists’ aspirations interplay with digital technology, is a “conceptual and phenomenological leap that is generating a great deal of interest around the globe,” said NAU Art Museum Director George Speer.

Sculptures in the show range from small to large, light as thread to heavy as bronze, ghost-like human forms created from glitched movements, dreamy colorful swirls, thick books with pages of face sculptures, antler-clad beings, curious creatures and birds with wings that flap as the viewer approaches.

The exhibit’s opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the NAU Art Museum.

Located inside the front doors of NAU’s historic Old Main on the Flagstaff campus, the NAU Art Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information, go to the NAU Art Museum, or call (928) 523-3471.