Linklater and Farmer receive $50,000 each to produce 3D art



By Murray White | Toronto Star

Depending who you talk to, 3D printing is the new frontier of contemporary art making, or a showy gimmick. But the Ryerson Image Centre and the National Gallery of Canada are banking on the former, anointing acclaimed Canadian artists Duane Linklater and Geoffrey Farmer, respectively, as its official explorers.

The institutions announced Thursday that the two artists, who are both well established in Canada and abroad, were each recipients of the inaugural $50,000 Be3D Innovation Grant, administered by the Toronto 3D lab Think2Thing. The grant will be used to produce new bodies of work using the technology.

Farmer, who will represent Canada at the Venice Biennale next year, will work with the lab to produce components of his project for Venice, the highest profile art event in the world. Linklater, who is First Nations Cree, will continue his work with museum collections of Native North American objects.

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