By Nick Ervinck, in collaboration with STRATASYS
The Sixth Element Collection by Stratasys
Produced on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer
Materials: VeroClear, VeroMagenta, VeroCyan
Size: 200 x 353 x 495 mm
BRETOMER is the result of the successful merging of two rather different worlds, an attempt to disrupt what we know and perceive. This is achieved by replacing the rigid foundation of blocks and hard materials usually associated with sculpting, with the incertitude of transparency and the seemingly infinite and elusive line. Paradoxically, it is within this incertitude that a new definition grows. The shape we perceive seems to be very elusive, giving the impression of being unstable, susceptible to change, a visually contingent object. Our mind tries to complete the image we see by suggesting virtual shapes, which seem to correspond with the “outlines” (if there are any). Some of us would recognize older works, like Moore’s “Reclining Figure,” caught within the essence of these sculptures. Others might recognize a somewhat threatening alien creature. For some of us, the shapes just keep changing and surprising us. Because of this, the viewer is given a chance at interpretation, which gives us a chance to feel at one with the universe, to come into contact with that elusive universal truth that hides behind this veil we call reality.
With the 3D printer, Ervinck was able to 3D print BRETOMER the way he envisioned them; an organic, biomorphic shape combined with a very unexpected play of lines. The fluid, organic outer shapes seem to rest upon the detailed and structured inner lines, which function as a floating skeleton propping up the entire sculpture. The colors seem to be caught within, a subtle reference to the noble search alchemists have been conducting for so long - namely trying to capture the essence of colors.
In BRETOMER we recognize an irregular and irrational play of lines, as if not only color, but also the very essence of smoke or wind is held captive in a foreign body. A power reaching, bending, contorting, trying to find its way through this abstract shape which sometimes has the likeness of a strange being, a creature of alien origin.