Virtual Artifacts: Mold Making, Hydroprinting, and Screenspace Objects
2 week course || SCULPT 662 001 || 3 credit hours || Lab Fee: $200
This two week intensive course will introduce participants to the moldmaking process while using the screenspace as source material. This course will consider how non-material modes can manifest into tangible object hood. With a focus on both form and surface, the second half of the class will introduce the hydroprinting technique. Typically used in industrial applications, water transfer printing allows students to reimagine their sculptures rich with surface images. Course readings will include essays that consider historic perspectives on computational visual culture as well as contemporary positions. Scholars and artists include: Rosalind Krauss, Sonia Sheridan, Hiwa K, Prosthetic Knowledge, and Timur Si-Qin. Course assignments will move from screen objects to physical objects, culminating in hydroprinted forms that combine both two and three-dimensional compositional spaces.
Christopher Meerdo is a Chicago-based artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lithuania. Meerdo’s work was recently currently featured in a year-long solo exhibition at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh. He was an artist in residence at the SIM Program in Reykjavik, Iceland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Meerdo received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Exgirlfriend, Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Coco Hunday, Tampa, FL; Floating Museum, Chicago, IL; Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, NY; SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland; The National Gallery of Kosovo and a traveling exhibition in Birmingham and Leicester, UK. Meerdo is currently a participant at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands.