Gesamtkunstwerk Johnathan Keep

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Function – what does it do, or did it do … is this of interest to you? What is it purpose.

Johnathan’s work focuses between decorative and functional aesthetics and serves as an example of the problem solving and basic understandings of traditional techniques and merging them with new and constantly adapting and upgrading technologies. This is of interest to me as this allows me to work with ceramics but in a way that I can work with the material and shows that there is more than one way to achieve a result but a certain isn’t necessarily the way that works for you.

Material – Are you drawn to it because of the material it is made from?

As I’ve stated before I believe my love hate relationship with ceramics is loving the look of the work but hating the fact that this is a process that I am unable to achieve a high quality of outcome from. But the use of 3D technology I believe removes this problem and this is what makes the use of clay appealing as it challenges me to create 3D pieces that will print out layer after layer like a standard 3d print on Makerbot but in clay on a larger buildable printer.

Craftsmanship – Is it the virtuosity of skill evident in the object?

There is evidence of great skill in use as throwing itself requires a dedication and consistency as one wrong move will overbalance and potentially ruin the success of the original, but 3D printing isn’t without its own problems as when clay is used there needs to be a consistent amount of pressure as well as quality of material to avoid errors which when demonstrated occur no matter how much experience you have of working in this method.

Expression – Does it speak to you, move you, if so how?

To me this method of working speaks to me as a good example of adapting a situation in this case a process to better suit you so that the opportunities are freely open to you which can allow undiscovered interests and ideas to emerge which can greatly benefit any existing knowledge or technical skill which is an edge on anyone else working in this area or material and is a highly desired skill to be employed for.

Innovative – Does it inspire? Does it challenge, is it beautiful, and if so why?

To me this is inspiring as when you’re an undergraduate you want to be able to try a bit of everything but throwing has been something I haven’t mastered at all in fact a donut is the best result I’ve had. I believe this inspires as it shows a working process of ceramic that allows anyone who can’t throw a pot or any form of thrown vessel but has a reasonable understanding of 3d printing and software that allows 3D making such as Rhino an opportunity to work in any material they desire providing the necessary machine is capable of supporting that material in question. This also to me challenges whether newer markets will emerge where artists can develop weaker areas together with stronger areas of work to create new outcomes that would not have been achievable.


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