Scott Betz




Winston-Salem State University

Artist's statement:

Whether it is viewed as romanticized adventure or intellectual challenge, the process of placing oneself in unfamiliar territory and repeatedly asking and answering the same question, 'How can I best operate in this system?' is a constant strategy in my studio production. I am a seeker of harmony (or control freak) and here the trip is the destination, the path is unmapped, the vehicle is the monkey wrench and I design the postcards.


On the periphery of Things: When Art is 3 and 4 Dimensional, Can It Still Qualify as a Print and How Can This Advance the Art Practice?


While certainly 3 and 4 Dimensional objects can be printed, the viewer might fall back to earlier definitions of sculpture, installation and hybrid processes when confronted my these newer kinds of prints. Still, I am interested in the 'printed ness' or the recognized printed process as I construct sculptural prints and cut/paste animations. My work has teetered on the academic political edge of the studio focus and studio funds. In the past it made more sense (cents) to focus on singular traditional studio definitions. In the 1990's, I was challenged to call myself a painter and maintain an obvious 'painterly' presence or loose my funding in graduate school. With good advise from a printmaker, I accepted the strategy to 'call myself a painter but do as I wish in the studio.' I later continued to operate as an artist who, at times working in the sculpture studio, or the painting studio, or the printmaking studio or the computer lab.  This has situated me in an area of exciting cross traffic that I never would have experienced in a traditionally singular studio mode. I have worked with architects and musicians with the project 'Cool XYZ: If Architecture is Frozen Music, What would the structure of Hip Hop Look Like?' and a concept model for a learning environment with a musician and architect called 'Intelligent Space'. The opportunity to teach at the University of North Carolina's Center for Design Innovation has provided a platform to see new and transdisciplinary projects. Unlike interdisciplinary, cross disciplinary, and multidisciplary approaches, transdiciplinary denotes a type of boundary area in research and production through the series of disciplines that are bridged. There is excitement in this as an artist because there is no longer to single art history behind the activities but also, Biology, Engineering and Aeronautics histories (to mention a few). Most recently, I have taught a Scientific Visualization course in collaboration with a biologist. We create and look at the artistic visualization of data, specifically the data of the flight of bats, and I find that the visual elements within the history of printmaking an important aesthetic element. This is especially true when it comes to motion capture and 3D printing.   In my paper I will present a concise overview of current 3D printing and my own vision for a transdisciplinary approach to creativity that may carry the Studio Arts and Printmaking forward within the University system as a field as crucial and rewarding to the environment and community as the traditional Sciences. 


Wednesday 28 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm




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