‘Gradient Bangles’ is a series of objects by MAIKO GUBLER that examines colour as direct representation of three-dimensional form, self-forming topology and their relation to the human body, rendered in multiple formats from digital image to 3d printed object.
• Gradient Bangles, 2013
Giclee print, 90 x 120 cm, Ed. of 50 and
3D-printed coloured gypsum, dimensions variable, Ed. of 25
• Gradient Bangles (Endless Limited), 2013
3D-printed coloured gypsum, 10 × 10 x 10 cm, Unique
The initial approach is based on the 3D modeling inherent preset of SURFACE NORMALS, automatically generated gradient RBG images where every pixel represents a surface coordinate of a model relative to its position in space. This dependency is then suspended again, by deliberately reassigning inappropriate coordinates provoking random-skinned objects.
Grown out of this investigation is the ‘Endless Limited’ version which focuses on self-forming topology. Based on constructive art methods, the nature of each object is algorithmically determined by chance, resulting in an infinite quantity of unique permutations.
While some of the objects remain virtual, others are materialized through a 3D colour printer, exploiting its specific characteristic chalky powder based surface qualities.
Photography by LENA C. EMERY
Please note: Although wearable, these objects are not meant to be functional jewelry. They are conceived as small-scale sculptures, deliberately unsealed to exploit the specific surface qualitiy of current 3D colour printing technologies. The objects are non-waterproof and therefore sold as show pieces only.