Recursion Collision

Recursion: A method of defining functions in which the function being defined is applied within its own definition; specifically it is defining an infinite statement using finite components. The term is also used more generally to describe a process of repeating objects in a self-similar way.

This Body of work is based on two large scale sculptures which were either scanned or photographed and rebuilt in a 3d modeling program.

Versions of the original sculpture were remade three dimensionally out of ceramics using the ceramic 3D technology that we developed at BGSU. Some of the failed fragments of ceramic 3d printed objects were placed on a 2D scan bed and an image was created. That image was projected onto the large handmade Korean paper, traced and then painted with india ink by hand. 2D digital prints were created from the files of the digital information gathered from the scan of the original ceramic sculpture then ink jet printed.

This work combines multiple traditional and cutting edge technologies as a means of intensifying the experience of the original object for both the maker and the viewer. Each subsequent layer of information presents new potentials for additional works, moving exponentially forward, through both digital and analogue worlds, utilizing both traditional and non traditional outcomes. Each manifestation becomes a hybrid of the original, as object and/or image. In this particular case hundreds of potential outcomes collided as visual information.

The integrity of the exercise is still rooted in the manipulation of wet clay to make monumental ceramic sculpture using traditional methods. The additional recursive elements are an extension of the aesthetic, historical and technical insights derived from the original creative act. Theoretically, this process can continue indefinitely, using only the central sculpture as the source of new outcomes. However, it is likely that new original sculptures will be made and then through hybridization and recursion have new outcomes. This exercise has already become the source for new approaches to new sculptures.