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Vishal Dar

Los Angeles, California USA
Project: Snake
12" x 48"

Artist Statement: The paradigm shifts currently at play in contemporary art, architecture and design are fundamental and inevitable, displacing many of the well-established conventions. In a digitally-mediated design of the "digital avant-garde" the practices of the past suddenly appear unsuitable. Models of art and design capable of consistent, continual and dynamic transformation are replacing the static norms of conventional processes. The predictable relationships between design and representation are abandoned in favor of computationally generated complexities.

"Project: Snake" represents an incessant fluid process of mutation, deformation and delirium, dynamically changing form that is both surface and cavity, and expressing the limitless in relative terms. The sculptural representations embody an emerging new media aesthetic. The metaphor of the snake investigates experimental art and contemporary design inquiries, that would explore the possibilities offered by digital processes akin to surfaces coupled with a variety of conditional experiences such as skin | structure, enclosure, representation, ornamentation, perception, gender and performance.

As we continue to reduce the space of slippage between the plastic solidity of material and ephemeral liquidity of light, imagination and matter begin to speak the same language.

The digital sculptures were produced with Alias|Wavefront Maya, and the data were were processed through SURFCAM, then translated through the CNC milling process into sculptures using medium-density fiberboard. A large-scale sculpture was produced in high-density foam and converted into an acrylic mould through the process of vacuum forming.

Vishal Dar, an architect and new-media artist, conceptualizes, designs, and builds works that inform and overlap the field of architecture, design, film/ animation, and interactive art.