Art fabrication is a process or service relating to the production of large or technically difficult artworks.
When a lone artist or designer is incapable or chooses not to realize the creation of his or her own design or conception, he or she may enlist the assistance of an art fabrication studio. Typically, an art fabrication studio has access to the resources, specialized machinery, and labor necessary to execute particularly complex projects.
"Art fabrication" should not be confused with the term "fabricated sculpture" which refers to a sculpture (usually metal) whose component parts are shaped (usually through bending), and then assembled by way of fasteners or welds (as opposed to a sculpture created through casting).
Notable art fabricators
Lippincott, Inc., founded in 1966 by Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett, was the first company to devote itself exclusively to art fabrication using industrial techniques. The company encouraged a collaborative relationship between artists and the fabrication crew, allowing the creation of work using media that artists had not previously used. Lippincott, Inc. fabricated work for almost 100 artists, including Barnett Newman, Louise Nevelson, Donald Judd, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Indiana, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Ted Lawson is another notable art fabricator (founder of Prototype New York) who has worked on behalf of Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Mariko Mori, Vanessa Beecroft, Ellen Gallager, Keith Tyson and Ghada Amer.
- Lippincott, Jonathan D. (2010). Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s. New York, New York: Princeton Architectural Press. p. 256. ISBN 9781568989341.
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- Barber, Lynn (May 2001). "Some day, my plinth will come". The Guardian Observer. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
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