Equating the role of the artist’s hand in traditional techniques, like woodworking or sculpting, to modern innovations like 3D printing, digital knitting, or CNC-milling, might seem antithetical to some. But a show now open at New York City's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) argues that, though these pieces are not “handmade,” the creator’s touch is present throughout. Organized by Ronald T. Labaco, MAD’s Marcia Docter Curator, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital is a highly successful attempt to capture this particular moment in the constantly evolving world of digital fabrication.
The exhibition features new and recent work from 2005 to the present and includes interactive installations and more than 120 digitally fabricated works of sculpture, jewelry, fashion, and furniture by 85 artists, architects, and designers, including Richard Dupont, Ron Arad, Chuck Close, Zaha Hadid, Anish Kapoor, Maya Lin, Marc Newson, Frank Stella, and others. “Part of the museum’s mission is dissolving the traditional boundaries between disciplines, so as you go through this exhibition, works of art are placed adjacent to design and architecture,” says Labaco. “There is no hierarchy.”