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3D printed paintings debut in art galleries

•, By David Worthington

Last month, a two-year exhibition called Sightlines opened at the Century Center and the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana. It features an artist who is pioneering the medium, Ioan Florea. Works by Jeff Boshart, Lea Goldman, Maria Lux, Mollie Oblinger and Jake Webster are also on display.

Florea says that 3D printing, a form of manufacturing that is used to make printable models, guns, pens, houses, human organs, and even a moon base, has made it possible to rapidly create very intricate shapes that cannot be reproduced by hand. He 3D-prints imprints using ultralight nano-materials, polymers and pigments. The imprints are manually embedded into the paintings, combining the printer’s work with muscle power.

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