Art is all about expression. It is also all around us, giving context to the culture in which the artist lives. What an artist imagines, how they feel and their ability to see things in a unique way permeates the art they create. For the genuine artist this sometimes means bearing their soul in the process of forging a work that reveals their signature touch. Many of these works become prized possessions of art collectors, usually purchased at auction for large sums of money. What has made the art that belongs to our modern culture so different from years past is that we live in a technological age. It introduces a situation where technology becomes part of the expressive quality that certain artists seek to exploit. It is hoped that technology, when being used, will become an extension of the artists own abilities. The fear is that reliance on technology in constructing a work of art will take away from the artists innate artistic ability. Still there are many who use technology to enhance their works of art, because technology provides them with the best solution for the techniques they intend to employ.
Technologies That Make Art Happen
If you look around you, you will probably find many technological gadgets that are useful in a variety of art based applications. Computers are certainly a big part of modern art, since very intricate graphics are able to be worked out on a screen. Computerized graphics are also easily altered and can be theoretically printed on a variety of materials. In addition, a commercial artist may choose to develop an automated system, where the computer is controlling how an airbrushed painting is being rendered. This is particularly helpful when the software used to develop the picture is able to take that image and change how it is represented topologically. According to an article at vr.isdale.com, by the 1990′s it was even possible to scan humans in 3D, making human scans available for all sorts of art-based applications. Today, this technology has come much further, ever providing artists with the ability to do more elaborate scanning and graphical renderings.
The Age of 3D Printers
What is inevitably going to be an invaluable tool to any artist with an imagination is the advent of the 3D printer. With the ability to render objects in 3D, an artist will not only be able to produce computer based paintings, but they will also have an ability to control the surface of the 3-dimensional canvas they are printing to. This could potentially make it possible not only to produce extremely realistic works of art, but extremely convincing fakes as well. With 3D scanning technology and software that calculates brush strokes to a high precision, it may be possible to have an authentic-looking Mona Lisa hanging in a person’s own living room. Not only may the painting look original to the eye, but the improved abilities of 3D printing may also make the rendering feel very authentic to the touch as well.