ARMORY WEEK ARTISTS IN FOCUS
Graphene and Glitter: Shane Hope's Molecular Realities, by Collin Sundt.
Shane Hope makes invisible worlds visible. Leaders in the world of digital art have called his work “the warmest use of digital technology out there.” This week the New York artist’s uniquely fabricated sculptures, digital paintings, and holographic prints will be the feature of Ed Winkleman’s booth at the Armory Show.
If one could wield a brush on a molecular level, the outcome may resemble Hope’s stunning creations. Using molecular modeling software suites, he explodes the parameters and renders compounds both possible and not, creating densely layered, intensely colorful images that are packed with content which remains largely indecipherable. Hope takes this impenetrability to exquisite extremes in his reliefs, which like his prints are the result of impossible instructions fed into systems unused to such subversion. These constructions acquire further complexity in the form of sculptural reliefs, which Hope produces using homebuilt 3D printers, crating masses of layered, intricate chemical models in the multicolored thermoplastics used industrially for rapid prototyping.
Does Hope’s artwork cross into the realm of science fiction? Perhaps...