Announcing The Great Fredini as a Recipient of Creative Glass Center of America’s 2015 Artist Fellowship!

I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected as a 2015 Fellowship recipient at Wheaton Arts’ Creative Glass Center of America to pursue a body of work based on techniques I have been developing to cast glass from 3D printed positives. I plan to use the fellowship pursue works on themes of Heaven and Hell. These ideas evolved out my interest in Coney Island through Dreamland’s famed attractions of Creation and Hell Gate, but have deeper roots in art history- specifically Ghiberti’s Gate of Paradise, Rodin’s Gates of Hell and Gustav Dore’s Paradise Lost. The themes of Heaven and Hell resonate to me in today’s era of climate change and environmental collapse, so I plan on exploring digital sculpting on top of 3D scanned imagery to create sculptures that can be 3D printed and cast in glass. Below is one work in progress from this new series. I’m really excited about exploring this work and hope to have some news about it in the future!

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

The Sideshow Cast -My 3D Printed Piece for Yale Art Gallery Show

The Yale exhibit opens next week. I’ve been busy 3d printing some of my favorite portraits of circus sideshow performers. For historical context, this piece will be exhibited alongside some classic Edward Kelty photographs. I can’t wait to see the installation.

Left to Right James Taylor, Mat Fraser, Velvet Crayon, Firefly, Heather Holiday and Danik, Leo the Human Gumby, Francine the Lucid Dream, Natty the Patchwork Girl, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Betty Bloomers

A 3D scanned grouping of sideshow performers in the tradition of Edward Kelty. Left to Right James Taylor, Mat Fraser, Velvet Crayon, Firefly, Heather Holiday and Danik, Leo the Human Gumby, Francine the Lucid Dream, Natty the Patchwork Girl, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Betty Bloomers. 12″ x 28″ x 8″

A classic Edward Kelty sideshow photograph.

A classic Edward Kelty sideshow photograph (courtesy of Sideshow World).

Juicy Blue Pepsi Prints

Last month I did a Makerfaire event for PepsiCo with the agency Sparks & Honey. I made 3D portraits for all the employees there. I’m just sending out the last batch of prints to all the PepsiCo employees we scanned. As a special thank you I’m throwing in these two jumbo blue prints of the guy drinking a Pepsi that I made on my SeeMeCNC Rostock Max delta printer. I think someone will appreciate them!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN From Theatre Bizarre… in 3D!

I recently travelled to Detroit to set up the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at Theatre Bizarre, a massive haunted masquerade ball that takes place in the largest Masonic Hall in the universe! It was the first time I have scanned in full color, and though I’m not quite up to printing in full color yet, the portraits were great! They really capture the costumes and the subject’s relationships. Please enjoy some highlights of Theatre Bizarre 2014 captured in the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio!
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R.I.P. Carlos

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One of the local Coney Island guys I have known since he was a boy died this week. Carlos had a heart attack just short of celebrating his 40th birthday. He was a hustler at one of those crooked game joints you can never win at, but he was a nice guy underneath it all. I like to think that he got some culturing through seeing the shows at Coney Island USA over the years.

I 3D scanned Carlos last spring so I made a few prints to give to the family for the funeral. His dad is a big tough Hispanic guy with a gold tooth. When I gave him the print he broke down in tears. It was very touching.

I always thought that the 3D portraits would make good funeral stones but this is the first scanning subject I ever had that died. It was an intense experience that reminded me of the power an image like this can have.

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Scan-A-Rama Sideshow Portraits

I’m due to be in a Coney Island themed show at Yale University galleries this January. They want to place my 3D portraits adjacent to an Edward Kelty sideshow photo, so they want a similar grouping of performers. Maybe something like this would be good? WDYT?

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Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio: Highlights of World MakerFaire New York 2014!

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at World Makerfaire New York 2014

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at World Makerfaire New York 2014

I brought some prints of the Makerfaire crew that I scanned last year

We brought some prints of the Makerfaire crew that were scanned last year

I even got to 3D scan Dale Doherty, Make Founder, as well as much of this year's crew as well.

We even got to 3D scan Dale Dougherty, Make Founder, as well as much of this year’s crew as well.

A class from Queens College came by- they had built a scanner based on my hardware designs which was also on exhibit

A class from Queens College came by- they had built a scanner based on my hardware designs which was also on exhibit

I scanned the guys from SeeMeCNC, whose scans may say something about their relationship... They responded bu

We scanned Steve Wygant and John Oly from SeeMeCNC, whose scans may say something about their relationship… I was an original indieGoGo backer of their Rostock Max campaign and got a kit that never quite turned into a fully operational 3D printer. They took pity on me and generously gave me one of their working floor models at the end of the weekend- Thanks Guys!

Naturally, my scan of them was the first print on their machine!

Naturally, our scan of them were the first prints made on the Rostock Max machine!

Dale Doherty, Make Founder

Dale Dougherty, Make Founder

The guys from the NYFD went out to get their full gear to get scanned in. It caused a little stir on the crew's walkie talkies when they returned carrying hoses!

The guys from the NYFD went out to get their full gear to get scanned in. It caused a little stir on the crew’s walkie talkies when they returned carrying hoses!

We even scanned the GhostBusters!

We even scanned the GhostBusters!

We made a bunch of portraits of couples like my friends Jim and Winnie

We made a bunch of portraits of couples like my friends Jim and Winnie

A number of dancers happened to come by to pose as well!

A number of dancers happened to come by to pose as well! We’re just starting to dig in and clean up files so there’s ton more to come, but these were definitely a few highlights!

The booth was very well received and won four awards so we were all quite happy!

The booth was very well received and won four awards so we were all quite happy! The first two ribbons were for the 3D Printed Luna Park exhibit and the second two were for Scan-A-Rama 3D!

UPDATE: Download the Makerfaire Crew 3D files on Thingiverse! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:154462

Scan-A-Rama 3D’s Luna Park: “Best in Class” at World Makerfaire New York 2014!

The dust is settling after our triumphant show at the 2014 World Makerfaire New York! It’s been quite a week. Here’s some highlights of the last few days:

Starting Thursday, I began moving the 3D printed Luna Park out of the Coney Island Museum

Starting Thursday, I began moving the 3D printed Luna Park out of the Coney Island Museum

There were over 300 3D scanned  and printed people in this box!

There were over 300 3D scanned and printed people in this box!

I knew the show was going to be great when I saw my cart #!

I knew the show was going to be great when I saw our auspicious cart number!

It took all day friday to get the install done

It took all day friday to get the install done

We had a great place at the base of the spiral stairs inside the Hall of Science!

We had a great place at the base of the spiral stairs inside the Hall of Science!

I was very pleased with the dramatic lighting!

I was very pleased with the dramatic lighting!

Luna Park looked great!

Luna Park looked great!

It was nice to get Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Museum some props at Makerfaire too!

It was nice to get Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Museum some props at Makerfaire too!

I was beaming at all the attention we received!

I was beaming after receiving the “Best in Class” Award at World Makerfaire New York 2014!

Loading out Sunday night was hectic but ran smoothly

Loading out Sunday night was hectic but ran smoothly

And now Luna Park is safely back in the Coney Island Museum!

And now Luna Park is safely back in the Coney Island Museum!