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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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Digital, Art, Automation, CNC, Sculpture, Design


This is the Master’s Thesis work of Benjamin R Caras, MFA University of Massachusetts, May 2008. The work focused on an exhibition of artwork and supporting paper. The artwork is a visual discussion of digital production fused with the concept of artist self sufficiently. It asks the viewer to consider the free exchange of ideas within an organic knowledge base, while questioning the closed loop system of capitalism. It reminds us that working together to solve problems is integral to our survival

First Advisor

Jeanette Cole

3DMatrixDrawing.jpg (2144 kB)
Matrix, 2008, plotted print

CircleDrawing.jpg (1279 kB)
Tool, 2008, plotted print

CNCMachineDrawing.JPG (3039 kB)
CNC Machine Drawing, 2008, CAD drawing

CNCMachineDrawingDetail.JPG (5851 kB)
CNC Machine Drawing Detail, 2008, CAD drawing

CNCPlasmaCutterDrawing.jpg (93 kB)
CNC Plasma Cutter Drawing, 2008, CAD drawing

CNCPlasmaCutterDrawingDetail1.jpg (141 kB)
CNC Plasma Cutter Drawing Detail 1, 2008, CAD drawing

CNCPlasmaCutterDrawingDetail2.jpg (148 kB)
CNC Plasma Cutter Drawing Detail 2, 2008, CAD drawing

ShellDrawing.jpg (1185 kB)
Shell Drawing, 2008, plotted print

SmallShell.JPG (2077 kB)
Small Shell, 2008, natural shell

LargeShell.JPG (2172 kB)
Digitally Designed Shell, 2008, digitally fabricated steel

16.HeartPurse.jpg (738 kB)
Heart Purse, 2008, aluminum, copper

20.PaperShell.jpg (556 kB)
Paper Shell, 2008, paper

08.KidneyPurse.jpg (786 kB)
Kidney Purse, 2008, aluminum, copper

12.ManicHelmet.jpg (2352 kB)
Manic Helmet, 2008, aluminum

14.StomachBag.jpg (692 kB)
Stomach Bag, 2008, copper

06.FertilityBelt.jpg (893 kB)
Fertility Belt, 2008, leather, aluminum, copper