Blending engineering and art to produce compelling works.
K. Thomas Murphy, the owner of MC2 has a well-developed artistic side that combines the precision and engineering aspects of steel, with the abstract nature of art.
K Thomas Murphy started using computers to generate graphic designs in 1984. “For decades the end result was printed material, which is a very temporary medium. I always wanted my creations to outlast the days or months that print is around. I wanted my designs to last years; even outlast me if possible.” Later, after becoming skilled with metalworking techniques, he realized that that he could use his digital skills to create real-world steel designs.
Using a combination of computer controlled metalworking machines and traditional techniques, K. Thomas is able to manifest provocative designs.
“All my creations start as digital files; that’s where my creative spark comes alive. Those ah-ha moments where I conceive and then refine a design. It’s very rewarding for me. Later, when I create the designs in physical form, it’s just exhilarating. I get to focus on the challenges of precision and scale.”
I’m currently in a “parametric” phase. Put simply, parametric design uses geometric shapes or mathematical layouts to “imply” a subject. A few of the pieces shown above, the torus, horse, and buck took 5 distinct pieces of software to bring the piece from concept to finish.
Parametric art isn’t new by any means but it does have a distinctly contemporary vibe. Subjects for parametric art are usually very modern shapes and designs; but I’m enjoying the challenge of using the style with more natural subjects. In this case using heavy gauge steel gives the pieces wonderful mass. The pieces are carefully cleaned and finished so they’re at home in any gallery, on a mantel, or in a modern loft setting.
Raw, yet refined. I think a lot of us can relate to that.
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