Paula Crown's continuing work with the team at Factum Arte has resulted in a new body of works that unite digital processes and materiality. In the emerging Entitleist series, 3D modelling of the complex geometry of a golf ball´s surface is merged with the noise inherent in 3D scanning and the flaws in the geological formation of alabaster balls from Fuentes de Ebro in Northern Spain.
Paula Crown, Entitleist, 2018
To create this work, a golf ball was recorded with photogrammetry, a technique of photography in which images of an object are taken with more than 80% overlap at approximately 50cm from the surface. The images are processed with specialised software (Capturing Reality in this case) to output a 3D object file into a 3D model. The video below shows the 3D model of the golf ball.
Paula Crown was interested in creating an object that showed both the gradual destruction of a used golf ball and the complex geometry resulting from its 3D recording. The 3D model alabaster golf ball was milled using Kuka robot to create that effect. The Kuka robot is a 7 axis system that can generate a 3D model out of a block of solid alabaster. In this case, the alabaster block was large and different strategies of cutting with the robot were used to give form to the 3D model the artist had chosen.
The alabaster ball was milled with a Kuka 7-axis robot
"I was a golfer in college and always loved the concentration and precision required in the game. I’ve found, however, that its elitist, white-male-centric culture is emblematic of a greater issue of exclusion and “black balling” of others in all aspects of our society. This artwork represents exclusion and the pain and loss endured in the face of it every day."
Paula Crown's golf ball was exhibited during Masterpiece London Art Fair 2018.