This year, renowned ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was chosen as the base for all of the designers who entered their works into the art show that travels from Tokyo to Milano and finally to London.
One of the designers, Shusuke Osanai, who is Integral Vision’s Chief Computer Graphic Designer, decided to make a 3D printed-inspired ukiyo-e design.
“I wanted to use Japanese paper from when Katsushika Hokusai lived,” Osanai said in an interview with 3D Print Industry.
“So, books from around the Edo period (1800’s) were purchased,” he said. “Pages with letters were torn and glued on the rocks, and the surrounding swords. The reason why it looks so old is because it actually is about 200 years old.”
Ukiyo-e, which means “picture of the floating world” is a traditional Japanese art style that developed in the Edo period. It features paintings and woodblock prints that show off everything from people to landscapes.
The style was established by Hiroshige Utagawa and Hokusai Katsushika, but now designers are putting a new twist on it.
Accoridng to Shusuke, 3D printers will soon become household objects in Japan and says, “a new door has opened for the future of art.”
And you can see some of the amazing results he’s had by combining these two distinct art forms, one traditional and one modern.
But not all 3D printers in Japan have been welcomed with open arms.
3D printing technology can be used to make anything from exact replicas of 3D models to more traditional sculptures like the one created by Osanai. However, there are artists who are taking a modern twist on the technology.
Megumi Igarashi is a Japanese artist who used 3D printing technology and managed to get herself into quite a bit of hot water earlier this year. Igarashi was attempting to make a 3D printed kayak from scans of her vagina, but found some resistance and was arrested in July on obscenity charges.
She was eventually released, but now in December she’s facing more charges under the obscenity for distributing data that could be used to create obscene works. It could lead to a 2.5 million yen ($21,000) fine and/or two years of imprisonment.
“My works are all meant to induce friendly laughter because they involve cutely decorating sexual organs. The works are not obscene,” she said in a statement.
— ろくでなし子 (@6d745) October 27, 2013
One is welcomed as an open door to the future of art and the other is banned as obscene. It leaves us wondering who has the right to distinguish what is art and what is not.
Images courtesy: 3D Printing Industry