Matt Smith is exhibiting his re-creation of a lost sculpture made by the Futurist Italian artist Umberto Boccioni. His methods include, digital sculpting, 3D printing and computer numerical control (CNC) milling machines.
Boccioni's Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement (1913) was destroyed 100 years ago this year along with a number of Boccioni's plaster sculptures. Its unclear why or how this happened, and followed the tragic death of Boccioni in a horse riding accident the year before.
Matt wanted to study and further understand how Boccioni created his masterpiece Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913) which was also smashed to pieces, but saved by his friends and later cast in bronze.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Matt recreated Boccioni's preceding lost work so that comparisons between the two sculptures can be better understood; the aim was to re-create a new work which captured the essence of the original sculpture made of plaster while simultaneously fusing todays technologies with the past and looking to the future.
The sculpture can be viewed as part of the Lost&Found Exhibition, May 2nd-14th at the espaciogallery, Shoreditch.
Tuesday - Saturday 1-7pm
159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG
For more information please contact Matt Smith www.uniqueforms.net @unique_forms