Motor Homunculus

Artist Uffe Holm commissioned me to create this piece named “Phantom Limb” to be part of an art exhibition “Lake of Fire” in Copenhagen at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. The piece is printed at 148×111 cm for display from May 21th to June 26th, 2011. The pictures shows Sensorimotor Homunculus sitting in a Verner Panton Phantom chair.

For printing the full image was rendered in 10488×7866.

Get a higher resolution version here.

Poster from the exhibition:

Description of the exhibition. Lake of Fire is an exhibition that attempts to update the notion of ’readymade’ while taking a fresh look at the avant-garde. It began with bus tickets and small pieces of woven chair seats in the cubistic collages, and then came dada and Duchamp’s bottle rack, snow shovel, and urinal. On the other hand there were idealistic constructivist reliefs made of scrap metal succeeded by the industrial fetish of minimalism. And after Rauschenberg’s angora goat with a car tyre wrapped around its belly came pop art’s successful fusion of commercial motives with a media conscious grasp of the artistic myth.

With the exhibition Lake of Fire Danish artist and curator Mikkel Carl wants to investigate the art historic notions of ‘readymade’ and ‘appropriation’ from a contemporary point of view. Many artists today find it especially productive to have commerce with this particular part of the avant-garde heritage – an ability to precisely pick out and recombine, which has always been essential for collage, readymade, assemblage and appropriation.

In very different ways 18 Danish and international artist address what it takes to create a new meaning based on the manifold meanings already in place. The artists tend to focus on the very logic controlling the associations aroused in the beholder encountering the physical art object – a kind of sensuous grammar. The immediate integration of everyday objects, often combined with direct references to art history, has never really been incompatible with the artist’s individual approach. But the question remains: What do we call such an artistic strategy?

Lake of Fire is the title of a song immortalized by the grunge prodigies of Nirvana shortly before Kurt Cobain’s suicide. But ‘Lake of Fire’ is also a passage in The Devine Comedy, a work by which Dante the poet turned an entire universe of medieval art, philosophy and faith into his own. Thus, the title crosses the border between fine art and pop, art and life – an endeavour that has always been the avant-garde trademark.

Render of the chair alone:
Chair was modeled in Zbrush, textured and rendered in 3ds Max using Mental Ray. It was the idea to create a basic studio lighting setup as seen here.

Concept and early screenshot from Zbrush.

  1. joe liebermanjoe lieberman02-20-2015

    Very curious about this piece. Is it for sale?

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