Factum Arte collaborated with Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari to produce a series of photographicobjects including cyanotypes, etchings and digital prints for the exhibition Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation on display until September 25th 2017 at the Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
The works produced for this exhibition demonstrate the extent to which photographic objects are transferable and reproducible in paper, glass and metal. Zaatari's exhibition brings to light discussions and key moments in AIF´s recent history by looking at different objects of the collection that triggered them. A significant part of the exhibition reflects on the disintegration of images over time and the aging of emulsion.
A new sculpture by Abdulnasser Gharem, Hemisphere, is now on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The sculpture representing a half-dome, half-helmet structure revisits a central theme of the Saudi artist´s oeuvre. Hemisphere is a socially engaged work that draws on Muslim heritage. The green side represents the dome of the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina and the other half represents the helmet of an Islamic warrior, symbolically uniting war and peace. The dome was materialised using a combination of digital processes and artisanal skills. The sculpture is part of the exhibition Pause, Adbulnasser Gharem´s first solo show in the united States from April 16th - July 2nd, 2017.
Our collaboration with Ghanian artist El Anatsui has been featured in a video published by the Financial Times. It shows the integrity with which technologies are being incorporated into the creative processes of the artists with which we work. The Lucida 3D scanner was an fundamental in the development of the body of prints Benchmarks on exhibition at the October Gallery in London. The video also features the work of Anya Gallaccio with whom we have no professional relationship. Factum pioneered concrete printing with Anish Kapoor ten years ago. The result was an in-depth, intellectually insightful investigation into entropy and the fluidity of matter. To learn more about Anish Kapoor´s vision and process, click here.
Factum Arte congratulates Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige for their recent nomination to the 2017 Marcel Duchamp Prize.
Their work will be part of group show for all nominees at the Centre Pompidou opening October 4, 2017 . The prize honours a French artist or artist residing in France, who is representative of his or her generation. Nominees were selected by committee formed by 11 collectors from the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF)
Factum Arte in collaboration with October Gallery presents a new series of prints by El Anatsui. El Anatsui is world renowned for his iconic wall sculptures of thousands of aluminium bottle-tops wired together with copper. Worked on by a team of assistants who crush, fold and pierce bottle-tops on workbenches and on smaller flats of wood, the repetitive and relentless force exerted on these surfaces over many years has resulted in a landscape of textured relief. These worktops were delivered to the Factum Arte studio to serve as the primary source materials for this new series of prints. Learn more about this process.
The prints will be on display at the October Gallery in London from April 5th to May 13th, 2017. Mike Ward, director of the Intaglio Studio at Factum Arte, will give a talk on Saturday, April 8 2017, 3.00 pm.
Photogrammetry is playing an increasingly important role in the research in Factum Arte's 3D studio. Images that are captured and processed in the 3D studio are often processed and routed on the 7 axis robot providing a fast and effective way to prove the resolution of the data. The Veronica scanner is complete and working very well - it captures and downloads 99 images in about 4 seconds that are then merged into a high-resolution 3D file that can be rematerialised in many different ways. New heads are being scanned and processed daily using different software to test the different possibilities of what can be obtained using this form of technology -more updates to come soon. Learn more about photogrammetry here.
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