Untitled by Bruce Gernand

Bruce Gernand was head of sculpture at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design from 1997 to 2007.

Details

Medium:
Rapid prototype models and digital prints
Dimensions:
Set of four sculptures, each 15 x 4 x 4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £1,000)
Acquired in:
2012
Vendor:
Bruce Gernand

Since 1998 he has been involved with 3D computer modelling. His most recent project, Coded Chimera, was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council from 2010 to 11 and involved a collaboration with the Natural History Museum and Cambridge Computer Lab to explore relationships between sculptural form and biological morphogenesis through computer modelling. Taking D'Arcy Thompson's transformation diagrams as a starting point, but also drawing on the ancient concept of the chimera, Gernand used scans of animal specimens and new software tools to morph and blend digital meshes of different species, which convey qualities of fluidity and mutability. These four small sculptures are some of the results of that project. They comprise ‘chimeric’ stages in the morphing of a cat to a crocodile – Gernard deliberately uses animals that are culturally related rather than biologically related. Several morphing techniques were used by the sculptor using a Morph Tool in the Cambridge Computer Lab including ‘warping’ the cat and crocodile computer meshes and using a ‘marching cubes’ algorithm that interpolates a new mesh from elements of the two. This is then smoothed and sculpted digitally and printed as a rapid prototype model using a 3D printer. This acquisition was presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Provenance

The artist.

Venue details

University of Dundee Museum Collections Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DUNDEE Tayside DD1 4HN 01382 384310 www.dundee.ac.uk/museum

Entry details

Free to all

Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries

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Sat, 1 – 5pm

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

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Artists’ Book Collection Dundee 

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