Digital Disruption – John Waldron
As one of the participating artists at the Caloundra Regional Gallery’s Digital Disruption, John Waldron has created 3D houses in different states of ruin.
See the gallery below for the amazing pieces he has created, along with accompanying photographs he took of the buildings with projections and LED light arrangements; John also shares his insights in the Artist Statement down below.
Caloundra Regional Gallery
These artworks form part of my current explorations in digital art and design. For over 30 years my art making has been predominantly painting and drawing however during this time I have regularly departed from that practice to experiment with other methods, particularly through digital processes.
During the mid to late 90s I started to develop computer-based art and experimented with digital music and photography. Later this lead to my own or collaborative artworks that included digital elements such as film, photography, drawing, projection and sound.
Perhaps I have been an ‘early adopter’ of new technology however I enjoy learning the various processes involved to be able to better appreciate the skill and work of others and to make my own multi-layered artworks.
These sculptures are the result of over three years learning and testing 3D printing processes and determining how 3D printing can be used to make art or assist a final outcome.
This emerging technology is promoted as an easy to use digital fabrication method. However in reality, as a creative process, a successful print requires a lengthy process of digital drawing and testing.
The photographs feature the printed sculptures, illuminated using various lighting techniques, some of which are made possible using digital methods.
These works examines culture and the diverse and changing values we place on our heritage and that of others.
The architectural model like sculptures present buildings in various states of preservation and decay. Buildings that have been saved through the efforts of a close-knit community, others that have been lost due to community and government neglect and others that are in ruins because of natural or manmade forces.
At a time of mass cultural destruction these works highlight the importance of preserving our heritage, of protecting our stories and of valuing the culture and heritage of others.