AI: Materials of the Future!

Marble. Steel. Clay. These are the materials that are used in 3 dimensional art. Oh! Ceramics too. Also plastic. Actually, now that I think about it, the materials for art-making have probably been changing for just as long as there has been art. I remember the first time I saw the above image of “IBM” spelled out in individual atoms of Xenon. I was in awe and it made me think about what other things we could make by arranging these tiny building blocks. Could one make a drawing or sculpture out of individual atoms?

What are the art materials of the future? Are you working with some new materials? What are they? Are you making new materials? Something ‘nano’ or ‘meta’? Can I have some to paint with?

The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.

Brian George

Brian George is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In his spare time he makes videos of Spirograph drawings and complains about doing laundry. Website: Twitter: @brianggeorge Insta: @brianggeorge If you're into what I'm doing, feel free to throw down a bit in my tipjar here: @brianggeorge

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  1. Psychic nanobots. You can just think art into existence.

    There’s a downside though: you have to think very carefully or you get unintended and often embarrassing results.

  2. Maybe some sort of oil paints that dry almost instantly under intense UV rays. That way when you were done painting or say glazing, you could take your UV pen and dry the layer.

    Digital media that provide drawing surfaces that feel natural.

    Old fashion bic pens that do not have new-fangled gel ink. They are becoming harder to find.

  3. I love doing to the Plastics supplier in my area. The owner is extremely nice and gives me drop cuts of the coolest stuff. Among other things he’s given a 3″x12″x12″ block of High Density Polyethylene, which I still have no idea what I’m going to do with. He’s also given me an assortment of acrylic in an assortment of sizes, some small blocks as thick as 3″, and a pile of mirrorized sheets.

    I’ve worked with that, with cast plastic, and so called “cold cast bronze” aka plastic + bronze powder. You could paint with that but its go a pot-life so you’d have to keep mixing new batches.

  4. *going to*

    I don’t know what “doing to” is but it sounds dirty, and while I love the owner of the plastics supplier, I don’t love him that much.

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