15 November - 9 December 2000
With support from the Goethe Institut
Karin Sander's latest works are small human figures. These Lilliputians were not made by hand, and reveal nothing of her touch or subjectivity. Instead she draws on advanced 3-D scanning technology, outputing the digitised image layer-by-layer in acrylic at 1:10 scale in a process called 'fused deposition modeling'. Finally, the figures are airbrushed. So the results are really a hybrid of sculpture, photography, painting, and computer art. Sander has invited friends and strangers to be scanned, and the results are intensely and eerily human, right down to the nuances of expressions, creases in clothes, postures, eye color and hairdos. It's not like looking at miniature sculptures, but at miniaturised people. All the big and tiny details of the body are there, but so too are pronounced traces of the high-tech process, the ridges of the acrylic layers from which the figures are comprised suggesting video scan lines.