2014 Lecture Series: Scott Grove "Technology and the Human Hand"
Technology can certainly expand our capabilities, accuracy, and production time, but are artists, patrons, and society as a whole losing something in the exchange? Award-winning artist Scott Grove believes the artistic community is at a crossroads. Grove creates unique contemporary furniture, sculpture, and fine arts, utilizing a broad media mix, ranging from wood, stone, metal, and fiberglass to precious metals and semi-precious gems. And though he has utilized technology -- including CNC, AutoCAD, and 3D imagery -- to the fullest in his process, he has also worked diligently to not lose the personal expression or hands-on craftsmanship critical to producing visually tantalizing artwork. Even with the newest man-made materials and modern technology, Grove's artistic endeavors emphasize his respect for the traditional work ethic. This interactive lecture, which has also been presented in Rochester, NY and Edinburgh, Scotland, will feature a detailed glimpse into his creative process, with an emphasis on how he engages the fine balance between technology and the human hand.