Creative Arts and Technology students and faculty were treated to a unique artistic experience on Sept. 4, as artist Fred Kahl took guests inside the world of three-dimensional printing in the academic division’s first installment of the fall Visiting Artists Lecture Series.
The Westminster Arts Center served as the backdrop for the morning session of Kahl’s program, in which he allowed students to serve as his subjects in a hands-on printing demonstration of 3-D printing. Participants were taken through each step of the printing process, eventually seeing a digital recreation of their staged pose that would eventually become a 3-D model.
The artist behind content creation studio Scan-A-Rama 3-D, Bloomfield College students were able to test Kahl's 3-D Portrait Studio during the morning demonstration; showcasing the work he has done at the heart of one of America’s most iconic locations, Coney Island, N.Y.
A member of the Coney Island Board of Directors, Kahl recently completed a scale 3-D printed model of the city’s historic Luna Park, on view at the Coney Island Museum. To help fill his model with people, he created his own open source hardware to help fill his recreation, scanning Coney Island patrons in his 3-D portrait studio as part of the project.
Kahl concluded his campus visit with an afternoon lecture series highlighting the technology behind 3-D printing, providing an entertaining beginning to the fall semester’s slate of visiting artists.
“Part portrait and part performance, Fred Kahl thrilled students with his scan-a-rama portrait booth in a hands-on workshop,” professor Laura Nova said. “It was truly a wonderful way to kick off the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and we have more exciting programming in store for the rest of this semester.”
The next installment of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, when artists Mendi and Keith Obadike visit for an afternoon presentation beginning at Noon. For more information on the artists, visit www.blacknetart.com.