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Christopher Manzione All Surfaces Become One: Scholar’s Stones and Silicone Host Digital Print, 3D Model, Mobile Application


“All Surfaces Become One” combines digital printing both two and three dinmensions, and a mobile app he developed to augment the two-dimensional work. The Scholar’s Stones reference the Zen tradition of choosing natu- ral stones as meditative objects. Yet they are printed using 3D technology from scanned objects, both found and created, in bright unreal colors, like strange toys.


Manzione’s large abstracted photo, Silicone Host is deceptive, familiar as any photo on paper, and seeming to reference abstract organic shapes. Yet it contains a hidden virtual dimension, revealed only through the app developed by the artist. Download the free app created to accompany the photos, and a whole new world appears. Fire up the


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app on your phone at the photos. The large sculptural forms leap off the page. Through the app you can walk around, under and even in some cases, inside the virtually three-di- mensional forms. The contrast between the “fake” stones, which sit passively nearby, and the augmented reality of the digital sculptures, continually challenges our idea of what is real and fake, flat or dimensional.


Bio Christopher Manzione earned his M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 2009. He is founder and director of Activatar.org and the Virtual Public Art Project, an organization that uses Augmented Reality to produce original artist works in public space. Manzione most re- cently was received a 2013 Fellowship from


the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In addition he was artist-in-residence at William Paterson University’s Center for Computer Art and Animation, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He has shown nationally and internationally at venues such as the Boston ICA, Abington Arts Center, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the Surry Hills Festival in Melbourne, and Gurzenich Koln Museum in Cologne.


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