Blair Cahill

Detail of Sphere 30. 

DFR resident Blair Cahill will be exhibiting new works in an exhibit titled Historical Futures on view May 2 - 9 at the Apricot Gallery in The Rag Factory in London, UK. The group show will also feature the works of Cheryl Papasian, Necole Schmitz and Alex J Wood

Sphere 24, 29" H X 28" D X 28" W

    Cahill worked with the DFR team to transform her visual library of dynamic graphic patterns into discs of digital embroidery that defy not only typical size limitations in embroidery but also transform the traditionally 2D medium into a 3D visual feast. Cahill has an extensive background not only formerly as an Art Director but as a sculptor with a working knowledge of metals, foundry work and casting processes. Cahill was determined to create complex opticals by blending the weightlessness of transparent materials such as polycarbonate, mirrored aluminum and sheer silk throughout the designs. 

   Her studio practice regularly involves use of her 3D printer which allows her to work through her library of forms that as seen in her collection of Future Fossils, she makes molds of her complicated 3 D print forms and casts them in pewter. Cahill's interests in contemporary approaches to sculpture results in ongoing experiments with traditional techniques to transform digital forms in new ways.   

Detail of Sphere 30.

DFR fabricated Sphere 12, 24 & 30 sculptures using a combination of digital fabrication technologies and traditional finishing techniques. Each sphere shares core characteristics: sheerness, transparency, mirrored finishes and precise engineering.  3D printing, CNC milling, electroplating, laser cutting and digital embroidery all played critical roles in translating Cahill's vision into the resulting artworks.

Sphere 30 48" W X 80" L X 45" H

       Sphere 12  13" D X 21" L X 15" H

Sphere 24 29" H X 28" D X 28" W

Sphere 30 48" W X 80" L X 45" H