• Digital Sculptures

    Kevin MACK, Standing Mind Over Matter.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Kevin MACK:

    Standing Mind Over Matter
    An array of shapes form complex relationships through selective random happenstance and deliberate design. The forms are entangled and weave in and out of each other in purposeful and irrational ways.The apparently organized structural system provides conflicting stimuli. Rules are established, but not adhered to. Identity and function appear determinable, but are not.

    Many internal details remain hidden from view. The object’s complete form is unknowable.

    Like a Rorschach ink blot, it is designed to make you see things derived from your own mind. This is known as pareidolia and is a common theme in my work.

    The sculpture was created from directed random implicit surfaces and procedurally derived structures. These were distorted with turbulent noise prior to direct sculpting and manual manipulation.

    The inspiration for this piece came to me while exploring directed random implicit surfaces. I was thinking about the possibilities, when I saw this sculpture in my mind.The sudden and vivid vision came with explicit knowledge of the process I would use to create it.

    Totem To The Illusion Of Things
    Totem To The Illusion Of Things refers to the illusion of everything in general as well as the illusion of things as separate from each other. A number of different objects are entangled to create an integrated symbolic emblem for the illusion of things.

    The sculpture was created using fluid dynamic simulation, procedural modeling, implicit surfaces and digital sculpting. It was produced in nylon using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3-D printing.

    Aboxa Holy Vessel
    Aboxa Holy Vessel is a character study of non-dualism. The unity of the pairs of opposites is visualized by a single-sided surface. Like a complex Mobius strip, inside and outside are one, allowing the vessel to contain infinity. The title is also a play on words. The sculpture is essentially an extremely modified hollow box with many holes and is intended as an object of contemplation, so it is “a box, a holy vessel”.

    Frank’s Flowing Self-Awareness
    Frank’s Flowing Self Awareness is a visualization of the fluid nature of self-awareness. It’s shapes are both distinct and interconnected. The piece is intended to inspire imagination and contemplation of the self.

    Mobius Ganesha
    Mobius Ganesha is named for Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity, who is the remover of obstacles. The sculpture is also a single sided surface. Like a complex Mobius strip, the inside and outside are one. This represents non-dualism as well as the intellectual integration of radically opposing concepts into singular understanding

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    KM: My biggest influences are the things I see when I close my eyes and the things I discover while experimenting with 3D computer graphics.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    KM: I don’t usually listen to music or audio books while working as my process is mentally strenuous and requires my complete concentration. Sometimes I will listen to music I’ve created that I’ve slowed down hundreds of times using a program called Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch. These super slow soundscapes don’t seem to distract me. I like to read science fiction now and again. Greg Bear’s work is a favorite. I’m also a fan of neuroscience books and papers. I’ve worked in the movie biz all my life and I’m a voting member of the Academy, so I watch a lot of movies.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    KM: I went to see the Ken Price retrospective at LACMA which was thoroughly inspiring. I recently became aware of the sculptures of Herb Alpert of Tijuana Brass fame; I think they’re neat.

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