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: 518 x 287 x 187 mm
GNILICER 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 GNILICER the way he envisioned; 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 colours 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 colours.
In GNILICER the coloured lines remind us of the light cycles in the science fiction movie TRON (1982) or of the complex structure computer grids have these days.