Sophie Kahn (梁劉柔芬·卡恩)

24 11 2011

Born in London and grew up in Melbourne, Australia, Sophie Kahn trained as a photographer and later expanded her study to animation, 3d imaging and digital sculpture. Sophie’s work engages the role of the image in the expanded field of post-photographic imaging. Her creative use of the novel technology of 3d scanning and 3d printing to capture the living body produces a fragility that exists between that of the living in constant flux and the mortuary stillness.

Laura: RGB, 3d printed epoxy resin, plaster and cyanoacrylate, life-size

Dominick, black ABS acrylic (from 3d laser scan)

Laura, ABS acrylic rapid prototype, 2011, life-size

Head of a Young Woman, bronze (from 3d laser scan and wax stereolithograph), life-size

Cemile, Archival chromogenic print (from 3d laser scan), 24″ x 30″

Sophie has also been employed by the Royal Children’s Hospital, where she conducted research into 3d medical imaging. She currently resides and works in New York City as a teaching artist.

Check out Sophie Kahn’s website for more!

[images via shapeways]

[artist bio via MoMA PS1]





新世界『透明標本』Iori Tomita’s New World Transparent Specimens

20 09 2011

新世界「透明標本」 – New World Transparent Specimens is an exhibition composed of specimens created using a preservation and dyeing technique typically used for scientific purposes to examine the skeletal system.

Tomita uses an enzyme to dissolve the natural proteins in the soft tissue. He then injects magenta dyes into the bones and blue dyes into the cartilages, highlighting the usually unseen internal structures. The creature is then preserved in a jar of glycerin.

Some of Tomita’s smaller specimens (fish, shrimp and squid) can actually be purchased in a few stores in Japan, but the larger specimens (lizards, birds and turtles) are only available in his exhibitions.

He has also published two books:  [新世界]透明標本“New World Transparent Specimens” with descriptions of over 50 species and 透明な沈黙 “Toumei na Chimmoku” with more stunning photographs woven together with the words of philosopher Wittgenstein.

Read and see more stunning creations on Tomita’s website!

[via gakuranman]

These transparent specimens reminded me of David’s fetal monkey!





Between Reality and Reverie—Li Hongjun’s Paper Art (在真實與夢幻之間—李紅軍的紙媒藝術)

10 09 2011

Through Art Taipei 2011, the longest-standing art fair in Asia organized by Taiwan Art Gallery Association since 1992,  I spotted Li Hongjun, who attempts to convey the conversion space of existing objects such as the vacuity of life and death and the space-time distance of reality and illusion—the very same idea as Li claims seen from Gunther von Hagens’ plasticized human specimens on display.

Born in Shaanxi Province  and currently living in Beijing, Li Hongjun attained his degrees in Folk Art and Experimental Art.

Into Papers – Li Hongjun’s Solo Exhibition

Preferred to be called a “handicraftsman” rather than an “artist”, Li expresses his respect for the mere creation of art and exploration of the conversion space theme through his sensitive treatment of the material with the traditional Chinese paper-cut derived process.

“Drift Away II” made out of paper by Li Hongjun displayed at the Art Taipei 2011 exhibition.

Li Hongjun’s “Drift Away II” viewed by a visitor.

“Self”, 2008, paper, Li Hongjun

No. 1 (Series: Rotating Head), 2008, paper, Li Hongjun

No. 2 (Series: Offset paper), 2008, paper, Li Hongjun

No. 3 (Series: Offset paper), 2008, paper, Li Hongjun

(Series: works with no series), 2010, paper, Li Hongjun

Why does Li Hongjun’s work appeal to me so? At first glance, the layers of cut paper resembled the print layers of 3D printing systems for rapid prototyping, which I am currently studying. Realizing that they’re layers of paper, I am even more intrigued. No matter how high-tech and virtual our world becomes, I cannot forego the tactility of materials, especially that of paper. That is one reason I am so drawn to the making of origami. His exploration of the transition between the real and the illusionary,  the living and the deceased, and even the association he draws to von Hagens’ BodyWorlds of the once real and living bodies becoming plastinated specimens for display, is a theme that has long fascinated me with a more anatomical emphasis and has everything to do with the research project I wish to tackle currently.

[images and artist bio via ArtLinkArt via artdaily.org]





Gunther von Häagen-Dazs (岡瑟馮哈根達斯)

24 08 2011

Amazing video! Just had to repost from Street Anatomy.

The Art of Bleeding, a Los Angeles-based multi-media performance troupe specializing in “medical education”, has created this over-the-top mash up of Bodyworlds creator, Gunther von Hagen, and the beloved ice cream brand, Häagen Dazs.

Body Worlds’ master plastinator has wandered into the frozen dessert world. You scream, I scream. We all scream, and scream… and scream….

Cadaver Crunch and Blackberry Necrosis—fantastic.

[via Street Anatomy via The Art of Bleeding]





Nasal Prosthesis (假鼻)

8 08 2011

Anaplastology Materials & Techniques

Digital Application of Data Acquisition via 3dMD (3D Stereophotogrammetry) for a non-invasive and instantaneous generation of a digital 3D mesh of surface with texture information. It allows for custom-selection and export of surface of interest (nose) in common 3D file formats (STL, OBJ).

Rhinoceros prepares the STL file of noses for milling.

SRP (Subtractive Rapid Prototyping) Player generates mill perimeters for the Roland MD X-40 Milling Machine.

Replications were made of the master defect cast for working cast and milled noses for impression for wax sculpting with Dow Croning 3110 RTV Silicone and Catalyst.

Wax Sculpting

Mold Making of a Two-Piece Flask Mold

Intrinsic Coloring & Mold Packing

Factor II, Inc. A-2186 Fast platinum-based silicone was used to mix base color, red blush glaze (surface vasculature), gold tan glaze, dark brown glaze (freckles), shadow (depth).

Trimming & Extrinsic Coloring

Excess flashing and seams inside nares were trimmed with scissors and silicone bur.

Final color match with extrinsic pigments and A-564 Acetoxy Silicone Adhesive with condensation cure.

Powdered with confectioners sugar for a matte finish.

Complete Nasal Prosthesis





Auricular Prosthesis (假耳)

7 05 2011

Special Topics in Anaplastology: Fabrication of an Auricular Prosthesis

Impression Making

Marking Frankfort horizontal for orientation of prosthesis on defect cast.

Impression Casting

Wax Sculpting

Mold Making

3 part mold with a wedge piece to prevent undercut behind helix.

Intrinsic Coloration & Mold Packing

Flocking – short colored fibers were added for a subtle color change and to mimic vasculature.

Base color – semi-opaque underlying skin tone; commonly identified from underside of the forearm, along the hairline, anterior to the tragus, and at the base of the helix.

Laminar glazes: pink blush, freckling, tan, highlight (cartilage), and shadow.

Trimming & Extrinsic Coloration

Trimming excess flash with scissors and smoothing helical seam with silicone bur.

Color matching for extrinsic coloration.

Extrinsic pigments added to medical adhesive moisture-cure silicone.

Deshine with confectioner sugar to alter the surface geometry of the silicone.

Once cured, rinse the sugar off with water.

Fabrication complete with piercing.





3dMD Self Portrait (三維自畫像)

6 05 2011

Using the 3dMDface System in the Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois Medical Center, a 3D image of my face was captured. The 3dMD system utilizes Digital Surface Photogrammetry (DSP) to capture the 3D form by projecting a random light pattern with synchronized digital cameras set at various angles. By filtering different wavelengths of light, a 3D surface geometry and surface texture are acquired simultaneously, resulting in an accurate texture map when applied to the surface data.

The model was then imported into 3ds Max to create a cleaner low poly mesh with retopology. The surface texture is then mapped onto the new geometry.