These ornaments were designed by Frank Stella exclusively for The Whitney in conjunction with the exhibition. The process of using digital files created from traditionally poured and cast shapes made in the 1990s, is explored in Laura Owen in Conversation with Frank Stella in the exhibition's accompanying publication, Frank Stella A Retrospective. Mr. Stella has been experimenting with 3-D printing technologies since 2002. These pieces reflect Mr. Stella's studio practice in not only form and vision, but as a result of his desire to explore and push the bounds of new methodology. There are pieces in Frank Stella: A Retrospective incorporate 3-D printed elements. Always conceived as a project that would be accessible to as many visitors to the museum as possible, this is an open edition. The seven stars differ slightly in size, with irregular proportions measuring approximately four inches on all sides.
Two of these seven small scale artworks (star 1 and star 5) are based on the same digital files used during the creative process behind the almost 23 foot tall Inflated Star and Wooden Star, 2014, as well as the teak and black polycarbonate stars on The Whitney's 5th floor terrace.
Measurements: Ornaments ar approx. 4 x 4 x 4 inches. Boxes are approx. 4.5 x 4.5 x 4 inches. This ornament was 3-D printed in Strong & Flexible Plastic using a nylon powder which is built layer-by-layer and then solidified using a laser. Once printed, the ornament is cleaned, polished, and dyed by hand. The ornaments are not toys. Dishwasher safe, not foodsafe, not recyclable. Heatproof to 176 degrees F. Higher temperatures may significantly change material properties.