Candy Dispenser Sphere Connector Prototype, 2014
3D Printed Plastic and found objects
24 in. x 24 in. x 24 in.
This the second prototype in a series of work exploring Candy Dispensers as building materials for sculptural forms and interventions. In this piece Burtonwood was curious as to whether the Dispenser Stems could be arranged to produce edges and vertices similar to those found in simple platonic solids that are at the core of most 3D modeling programs. His goal is to produce the Spheres in conjunction with Pyramids, and Cubes to produce larger sculptural objects and decorative interiors.
Tom Burtonwood was born in Manchester, (UK) in 1974. He received a BA Hons. in Fine Art from Loughborough University (UK) in 1997 and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2001. Recent exhibitions include The Chicago Cultural Center; Sidecar Gallery, Hammond, IN; the residence of the British Consulate, Chicago; Abryant Gallery, Chicago; Hinge Gallery, Chicago; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, IL; MDW Fair, Chicago, IL; Gillock Gallery, Paris, France; NOISEfestival, Manchester, UK; The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; Fountain Studios, Brooklyn; Three Walls, Chicago. Burtonwood teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is co-founder of WHAT IT IS, exhibition and project space in Oak Park, IL where he resides.