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Diploidal pas de Deux

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Diploidal pas de Deux by Robert Michael Smith

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Diploidal pas de Deux

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Robert Michael Smith

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2014

Marble

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Dimensions: 81.3cm (H) x 81.3cm (W) x 81.3cm (D) / 32" (H) x 32" (W) x 32" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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"Diploidal pas de Deux" was developed from previous digital files for the 3d printed exoskeleton in which the 3D bio-printed sculptural form comprised of living human cells was placed for the 2012 Art/Science collaborative project, "Biophormatalasmith". In this sculpture two of the exoskeletal forms are mirrored and conjoined as if splitting through a diploidal cellular cloning process. The title also refers to a ballet movement between partners as they mirror each other in a "pas de deux". The meaning of Form and Title in this artwork are to present a synthetic yet universal life form birthed into Being through a metaphoric Dance of Life between algorithmic doppelgangers.

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Born: 1953

Hometown: Santa Rosa

Based in: Santa Rosa, CA

Robert Michael Smith is an active pioneer of digital sculpture, 3D CG visualization/animation, virtual reality, robotic CNC milling, 3D printed sculptures and synthetic biology. Smith Retired from teaching Aug. 2019 after 40 years of academia at numerous institutions nationally and internationally including 20 years as Tenured Associate Professor of Digital Art & Design at New York Institute of Technology.

Smith exhibited extensively globally during the past forty years including Digital Stone Exhibition at Beijing Today Art Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Chongqing Jinse Gallery, Wenzhou ArtMap Gallery, China including Autodesk Design Museum, San Francisco, CA. Smith’s sculptures are included in the permanent collections of China National Museum of Fine Art at Beijing and Datong Museum of Contemporary Sculpture,

During past several decades Smith has served as a Board Director for several 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organizations including International Sculpture Center, Sculptors Guild NYC, SIGGRAPH Manhattan, and continues as a co-founding Board Director of Digital Stone Project.

Smith has lectured at numerous universities, international conferences, and featured in several international articles and books including Bruce Wand’s “Art of the Digital Age”, published by Thames and Hudson.

October 2012 Smith completed “Biophormatalasmith Stage One: Bio-Sculpture: Rapid Prototyping Human Biological Material for Sculpture”, Art & Science collaboration with Dr. Anthony Atala at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to 3D print living human tissue of an invented sculptural form designed by CAD. This project was a featured lecture presentation, “In Search of the Lost Cord” at XXXVII Brown Symposium, “What Things May Come: 3D Printing in the Fine Arts and Sciences”, Alma Thomas Theater, Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas during February 2015.


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