October 11, 2016

Visiting artist McArthur Freeman II continues Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship lecture series Nov. 3

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freeman insideMcArthur Freeman's "Self-Portrait."The Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship lecture series at the University of Alabama at Birmingham continues this fall with visiting artist McArthur Freeman II on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History presents the ongoing series.

freeman streamMcArthur Freeman's "Poly-Face Group" combines three interrelated emerging technologies: digital sculpting, 3-D scanning and 3-D printing.A visual artist and designer, Freeman creates works that explore hybridity and the construction of identity. His works have ranged from surreal narrative paintings and drawings to digitally constructed sculptural objects and animated 3-D scenes. 

Freeman will discuss his most recent works, which combine three interrelated emerging technologies: digital sculpting, 3-D scanning and 3-D printing. The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. Admission is free and open to the public. The Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities funds the lecture.

“Working with polygons that are manipulated on-screen, I push, pull, carve and mold forms as if working with digital clay,” Freeman said. “My works are formed virtually through digital sculpting and are then 3-D printed and fabricated in other materials, such as resin or bronze. It is a process that involves both invention and discovery. From scribbles to data, and data to material, I relish the ability to find forms and materialize them in the physical world.”

Freeman’s work has been published in Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art and exhibited in more than 50 group and solo shows in the United States. He is assistant professor of video, animation and digital arts at the University of South Florida, where he uses digital tools to address traditional processes as he explores hybrid ways of making and thinking about art. Visit his website at http://macfreeman.com/.

For more information, visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History at www.uab.edu/art or email media coordinator Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

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  • Event Date: November 3