Daniel Warnecke 3D prints modern day depictions of classic portraits using cutting edge technology, artist daniel warnecke has transformed a series of iconic portraits from the past into modern-day depictions, realized in the form of 3D printed figurines. these famous faces include the girl with the pearl earring, a self-portrait of vincent van gogh, and a legendary photo of mick jagger wearing a fur hood. warnecke creates a dialog between history and modernity by reinventing these figures through a contemporary lens, donning them in ripped jeans, sneakers, and track suits as opposed to their usual attire.

‘by creating modern incarcerations of famously known and iconic portraits using 3D printing, I am able to engage the audience by showing them something very familiar and recognizable but in a completely new way of viewing,’ warnecke says. ‘this starts to open questions and makes the viewer start to reassess and consider the original sitters once again. by having a 360 degree view over the 3D printed figurine, nothing is left to hide and all of the elements which could have created subjective tendencies have been removed such as camera angle, crop, size and lighting.’

The photographic objects have been realized through an intensive and intimate scanning process, where a sitter is captured using 240 DSLR cameras. this process results in a 3-dimensional file which can then be manipulated and printed in the physical world. finally, these sculptural pieces are photographed and C-type printed to the exact size of the original artworks. ‘the sitters are shown in two different viewing styles: one sculptural — in which the audience is forced to consider the entirety of the form, as it holds complex spatial dimensions which unfold in the space; and the printed image — which the artist or photographer has their own subjective impressions into the viewer’s engagements through print size, crop, angle and lighting techniques. this method of thinking and viewer engagement is to make a comment on the way we perceive the 3D printed figurines as a form of portraiture.’