Prior to the exhibition, during the second week of December, NextFab will be hosting a week long learning collaboration between selected Icelandic and Philadelphia based artists. The collaborators will interact with NextFab's community of makers and learn from local artists that have harnessed the power of digital fabrication at NextFab. The collaborators will then apply these newly learned fabrication methods to the creation of an artistically expressive piece which will be displayed at the exhibition.
The week will culminate in a showcase where the artists share their process and insights they have gained during the week working at NextFab alongside Philadelphia's creative community.
Kolbeinn Hugi’s work spans performance, music, and video art. Hugi recently performed in the exhibition Demented Diamond presented by Kling & Bang at the Reykjavik Art Museum and was a participating artist this summer at Colony at PS1 MoMA. His work has been exhibited widely and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland.
Miguel Antonio Horn is a Sculptor from Philadelphia. His work centers on deconstructing the human form through various methods of fabrication often pushing each material and process to unorthodox applications. In 2013 his large-scale biodegradable sculptures, "Callejeros" were exhibited at the University of the Arts, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and the Museo De Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas. In 2014 he will be a part of the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale's International Residency Program collaborating with Nextfab Member Chris Landau on a new interdisciplinary installation. He is a member of Traction Company, an artist-run collective workspace where he maintains his studio and contributes to exhibitions coordination and public art programming. He is a member of NextFab as of 2011.
Bevan Weissman is a hybrid artist-engineer. Long live science, and all hail art. He rewards curiosity, believes local culture is the spirit of society, and is perpetually fascinated by the weirdness of human beings. He currently designs and builds interactive objects and experiences with the collective New American Public Art.
Joel Erland (b.1978 - Coimbra, Portugal) and Kate Kaman (b.1981 Cleveland, Ohio) are contemporary visual artists drawing inspiration from botany and organic life. Multi-disciplinary skills-- ranging from traditional oil paints to cutting edge computer manufacturing processes--enable this dynamic duo to create contemporary environmental artworks. Since 2005, Kaman and Erland have created artworks for civic and corporate clients from Los Angeles to Boston, and Key West to Seattle. Clients include universities, developers, and municipalities. Successful public art comes through active dialogue with community leaders, engineers, architects and other creative spirits. When on the East Coast, they work out of a cool silversmithy in Philadelphia--a city with a rich legacy of public art. When on the West Coast, Kaman and Erland have been known to work out of a vintage Airstream somewhere between a big redwood tree and Mount Rainier.