What is Art History Made of?


(#arthistory hashtag held in front of a man walking down a street in New York describing the work of Taryn Simon, 2013, Charlotte Frost)


“I wanted to draw attention to the physicality of art historical statements whether they are made in print or online. I wanted to look at art historical writing as an object.”

I was very flattered to be asked by Dr. Charlotte Frost to become involved in the 3D printing side of her “Art History Hashtag” project. My “shareable readymades” project was in part a reaction to the treatment of artisans by post-conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, so reversing the artist/artisan relationship from that project and becoming the person modelling the artwork appealed to me. Charlotte’s writing about the physicality of art history media touched on something I have thought since I was at art school. And I love typography and hashtags, with varying degrees of irony.

Charlotte has now written about her inspiration for the project, providing a context not just for her immediate work but for any classical or digital humanities that wish to cross over with Maker Culture and/or to engage productively in a critique of the ways that their own medium specificity and physicality are implicated in their production. It’s an informative and valuable insight into the production of art and art history. I highly recommend it.

The work of art in the age of 3D printed reproduction


An excellent article on 3D printing art at MakeTank starts with my shareable readymads:


“While Myers’ work has yet to be displayed in a major museum – and that is not his point – a recent installation at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (PA), in collaboration with Materialise, adds to the question of what it looks like when you mix 3D printing with work intended to question the value of the multiple. The installation, Factory 2.0, with Warhol-inspired multiples, was put on in conjunction with the opening of RAPID 2013 Additive Manufacturing Conference & Expo. At the same time, there were exhibited five finalists from the i.materialise Andy Warhol Contest.”

They also quote Charlotte Frost and mention the Art History Hashtag project, about which more next…