A New York-based outfit called Unique Board (UB) is broadening the definition of the humble, more affordable art print. They may even be making it pretty damn cool too. The company collaborates with artists to create limited edition 3D-printed sculptures: reinterpretations of historic art (the statue of David), as well as altogether new, digitally devised pieces.
It’s a mostly Instagram-led initiative, picking up on artists and creatives who use Instagram as a canvas. “UB always carefully look for new inspiring artists and creatives mainly via Instagram to collaborate with and challenge their boundary to bring newer, bolder ideas to life,” explains UB founder Dan Kim.
Available to purchase on the UB website now is a digitally sculpted series by Seoul-based digital artist, Lee Sol. His Renaissance-inspired Instagram account (@venusmansion) has been brought to life for UB as a series of (fairly reasonably priced) 3D-printed resin David and Venus di Milo busts. Called Venus, the collection has been created in Lee’s signature candy-coloured tones. The busts are the first physical rendering of Lee’s totally social media-based concept.
Also on the site is a series created in collaboration with Copenhagen multidisciplinary studio, Wang & Söderström. Titled Excavation, the collection includes a set of 3D-printed resin vases, flecked with almost fossilized layers of colour. It’s meant to reveal the unmistakable humanness in digital processes.
Words by Sammy Preston.
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