Janus

Janus 2013

Janus 2013

Sculpture

Art Paris Art Fair, Louise Alexander Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Technical element:

3D printed sculpture made of infiltrated sand

Sizes: 3.3 ft x 3.3 ft x 3.3 ft

Courtesy: Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Vecchio

Janus is a sculpture executed via 3D printing in silica sand and resin. Represented by two faces looking in opposite directions, Janus is an ambivalent god who gazes both ahead and behind, toward the past and toward the future. Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, this pixelized or “voxelized” (3D Pixel) dual head expresses the omnipresence of digital culture in our society and digital technology’s self-assertion as a valid art in its own right, in continuity with the history of art since Antiquity. Genuine revolutions in the world of sculpture, 3D printing and laser-cutting now allow one to give material form to the virtual universes of Miguel Chevalier, as is the case for Janus, extracted from the virtual reality work Terra Incognita.