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Grayson Perry's star pins for Stonewall UK
Grayson Perry's star pins for Stonewall UK

Frequent Factum collaborator Grayson Perry was commissioned by Stonewall to design a pin badge celebrating the 30th anniversary of the British charity to be auctioned at their flagship ‘Equality Dinner’. A limited edition of 10 pieces were then produced at Factum Arte to form one of the top prizes at the fundraising event, which took place on March 14th 2019.

Details on the process, which involved 3D printing and injection of pigment-mixed resin, can be found here.

Jan Hendrix at the MUAC
Jan Hendrix at the MUAC

Since 2018, Factum Arte has been developing and coordinating the production of a series of works with Dutch artist Jan Hendrix that will be on display at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City. The exhibition will run from May 5th to September 22nd 2019, before going on tour the following year.

To find out more about the previous works produced at Factum in collaboration with Hendrix, please click here.

'Factum Fetishes' by Mariana Cook
'Factum Fetishes' by Mariana Cook

On the morning of the 1st March, the American photographer Mariana Cook presented her new series at a private viewing hosted by Factum Arte: 13 black-and-white images inspired by the fascinating variety of patterns and textures unintentionally thrust upon the tools and objects in use throughout Factum's workshop, ranging from a painter's vest, cast salt, and a butcher's knife.

The prints were formed through aquatinted copper plates being printed upon 300 gsm Somerset Satin paper with Charbonnel etching ink, producing the deep black in each print. The shape of the object, untouched by the inked plate, was then coated with clear gelatin over which a digital pigment print was precisely registered on Factum Arte's flatbed printer. The digitally printed elements were coated with a UV resistant varnish in order to enchance the difference between the black of the background and the tonal subtley of the 'fetishes', adding a physical dimension to the images.

These were shown alongside a group of large-scale photographs by Cook, printed on gesso-coated aluminium, depicting kamenitzas (indents in limestone that accumalate water and create the conditions for life) in Western Ireland and glacial erratics in New Zealand.

Shirazeh Houshiary's 'The Oracle' (2018)
Shirazeh Houshiary's 'The Oracle' (2018)

'The Oracle' began life as a 3D model provided by Shirazeh Houshiary; this gave the basis of its materialisation as a metal structure, that after several tests, was perfected, sanded-down, and hand painted.

The result is two snaking slender forms that twist in between each other; the resulting mixture of curves and turns creates an apparent harmony between the starkly opposing colours.

This sculpture was shown as part of Lehmann Maupin’s solo presentation of Houshiary's work at the inaugaral Frieze Art Fair LA, which ran from 15th to 17th February 2019.

More information on the production process behind this piece here.

Split Stone (7:34) by Sarah Sze
Split Stone (7:34) by Sarah Sze

Factum has collaborated with Sarah Sze on a two-part sculpture entitled ‘Split Stone (7:34)’, comprised of a natural boulder split in two like to a geode. The cut reveals a vivid image of the sky embedded into the surface of the stone.

By recording images in pixels and then fixing them in stone and pigment, Sze explores the fragility of time passing and our desire for weight and permanence in the face of both overwhelming natural forces and the ubiquitous images that surround us daily.

This work was installed at the National Roman Museum (Crypta Balbi) in Rome to coincide with Sze’s solo exhibition at the city's Gagosian Gallery (21st November 2018 - 27th January 2019).

Learn more here.
Image © Matteo D'Eletto, M3 Studio

Paolina Borghese at the V&A's Cast Courts
Paolina Borghese at the V&A's Cast Courts

Three statues created by Factum Arte, resulting from the recording of Antonio Canova's 'Paolina Borghese as Venus Victrix' in 2013, have been officially unveiled at the reopening of the V&A Museum's famed Cast Courts, which took place on December 1st 2018. Whilst the bright white edition is a 3D stereolithographic printed resin painted white, the other two versions were both cast glass and plaster using moulds produced directly from a 3D print.

Read more about the facsimiles here.

Ahmad Angawi at the British Museum
Ahmad Angawi at the British Museum

For his first collaboration with Factum Arte, Ahmad Angawi decided to realize a series of Mangour Screens, now exhibited permanently at the British Museum as part of the new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, launched in October 2018.

These Mangour Screens reflect the great connection existing between digital and traditional craftsmanship and celebrate the ancient Islamic principles and rich cultural diversity Angawi was inspired by.

Click here to learn more.

© Image Courtesy of Ahmad Angawi

Boris Savelev's Chernowitz portfolio

Using the specialist flat-bed printer available in our Madrid workshop, much of Savelev’s modern work is printed on gesso-coated aluminium; a material that complements the deep shadows present in his work as well as the multiple tonal layers involved in their production, with the photographer personally involved in every print himself.

Click here to see the complete portfolio.

Set design for the opera <i>The Magic Flute</i>
Set design for the opera The Magic Flute

Michael Hansmeyer has collaborated with Factum Arte to create the set design of Romeo Castellucci’s The Magic Flute / Die Zauberflöte, presented this week at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels.

Hansmeyer's piece is a significant example of computational architecture, showing the conversion of a geometry model into a monumental physical object. This new project testifies to the atmosphere of Factum Arte's workshop, that of a playground with a plurality of artistic possibilities, and embodies our obsessive commitment to pushing the boundaries that usually separate technology and craft skills. Learn more.

The Reinvention of Forgetting
The Reinvention of Forgetting

In 2018, photographer Maria Trabulo won the NOVO BANCO Revelacão Award which resulted in an exhibition entitled The Reinvention of Forgetting (November 30 2018 - January 29 2019) at the Fundação Serralves, Portugal.
This showcased her latest work made in conjunction with the Bode Museum, Berlin and inspired by Factum Arte and Factum Foundation's workshop.
For this occasion, a selection of large-scale prints of noisy 3D data were produced at the studio as well as a grayscale sculpture where the image is reproduced as a ghostly form, a double-sided piece consisting of a small torso, one positive and one negative.

Click here to know more about this project.

Caravaggio's 'Nativity'
Caravaggio's 'Nativity'

In 2015, a re-creation created by the foundation's sister company Factum Arte of the renowned stolen work by the Italian master Caravaggio was unveiled in its original location at the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo as part of the chapel's restoration.

The modern history and potential future of the lost piece is detailed in a new article from The Guardian featuring the re-creation and our director Adam Lowe that can be found here, whilst further information on Factum Arte's facsimile can be found here.

Adam Fuss at Factum Arte

Adam Fuss is a British-born artist characterized by a camera-less technique in his photographic work, often reducing the medium to its bare essentials of an object, light, and light-sensitive material. Alongside these photograms, much of the artists work encompasses photographic printmaking; a practice that brought Fuss to Factum and our specialist printers. This artist profile explores the exciting results of this collaboration, as well as his values as both an artist and photographer.

Paula Crown at Factum Arte's workshop

Paula Crown is a multimedia artist interested in exploring the limits and possibilities of cutting-edge technologies and traditional media. Last summer, Paula Crown was in residency at Factum Arte's workshop in Madrid, experimenting with materials, pigments and giving form to new ideas.

Learn more about Paula Crown's work with Factum here.

Gharem’s Hemisphere, on view at Sharjah Art Museum in Sharjah
Gharem’s Hemisphere, on view at Sharjah Art Museum in Sharjah

Completed with Factum Arte in March 2017 and originally exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2017, Abdulnasser Gharem’s Hemisphere sculpture will now be shown in the Sharjah Art Museum, in collaboration with the Galerie Brigitte Schenk. The exhibition ‘Subversive Forms of “Social Sculpture”: Heimo Zobernig and Abdulnasser Gharem’ will run until November 2018.

Learn more on Hemisphere.

Learn more on the exhibition.

Factum Arte's Greyscale Cabinet, on view at Homo Faber in Venice

On 14 Sept., the Fondazione Giorgio Cini opened its doors for the premiere of the event Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future. Until 30 Sept., the Venetian building hosted masterpieces, exhibitions, installations and workshops presenting the work of some of the finest European artisans. Among those works was Factum Arte's Greyscale Cabinet. Homo Faber is the first event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation.

Read the full story.

New works by Bernd Nicolaisen
New works by Bernd Nicolaisen

In collaboration with the Physics Institute - University of Bern and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research of Göttingen, Bernd Nicolaisen has developed his two new series HEAD OF 67P - ESA / ROSETTA MISSION and CHURY OUT OF HORIZON.

The new works revolve around mysterious places that have never been seen before, places more than 400 million km away from planet Earth. Within this seemingly abstract visual world, new perspectives on comet Tschurjumow- Gerasimenko 67P reveal themselves to the viewers. The large-format pictures in 3D print- and tableaux-formats incorporate two different work series.

On view at the Physics Institue - University of Bern. Read more.

Recording of <i>Queen Maria Luisa on horseback</i> (1799) by Francisco de Goya
Recording of Queen Maria Luisa on horseback (1799) by Francisco de Goya

Factum Arte's team has completed the 3D and colour recording of Goya's Queen María Luisa on horseback at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the first step towards the production of a high-resolution facsimile that can be used for the study, conservation and dissemination of the painting. The project has been made possible by renowned American artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel, whose works are embedded in a deep knowledge of the past.

The production of a facsimile of Queen María Luisa continues in the Prado's long tradition of encouraging both great artists and students to make copies of works in the collection as a way to study the old masters. In this case, however, the 'copy' will take advantage of the latest technologies, allowing us to extract high-resolution information from the painting and transform it using digital tools in order to create a new interpretation of the original. The process of creating a facsimile requires the active collaboration of experts from different disciplines - it is rethought for each project and often leads to new insights into the work of art.

Read more about the project.

Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe
Factum Arte's profile, by Patek Philippe

"The idea really is something like the old renaissance workshops where people with many different skills, work to pursue a common goal."
In his interview by Patek Philippe Magazine, Adam Lowe talks about Factum Arte, Factum Foundation, the creative energy that animates the workshops and the contemporary artists, artisans and secular masterpieces that run them.

To know more about the articulation of this unique place where artists, technicians and artisans join their passions and experiment with cutting-edge technologies, like art students in a playground, you can watch this video and read the corresponding article published by Patek Philippe Magazine.

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