I started with Wovenform7 for both the Laser-Cutting and 3D Printing (Part 2) experiments. I initially planned to use the laser cutter/Wovenform7 combo on several materials/substrates. But after starting to work with Andrew, I reduced the scope of the experiment to three basic usages:
- Engraving the image on 60# paper
- Tracing/cutting out the image
- Creating a matte with the negative-space of the cut-out
I was very pleased with the results, and can see great potential for the tool in building complex combinative constructs for art presentation. I was able to visualize and discuss with Andrew some very promising scenarios for deploying laser cut (LC) materials and artworks, as we engaged in the production. For example, within a 4D+ project, laser cutting would be useful for architectural modeling, materializing dimensional effects, especially combining LC forms in relation to 3D (printed) objects, and through interlaced application of materials, creating visually dynamic layering and faceting effects to generate complex interactive/encompassing environments of great variety. The engraving correlates to analog practices of artists I find immensely inspiring (i.e., Tom Joyce and Richard Painter). With the engraving/mask combine, moving the mask across the engraved paper, I recognized a tactic I have used in animations to produce effects that I find technically evocative of AB EX painters Robert Motherwell's and Franz Kline's black & white canvases.