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Kai Franz

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Untitled Plopps No. 101, 2014 - Materials: CNC, CAM, , Polyurethane, Sand
Untitled Plopps from Random Drawings, No. 94-97, 2014-16 - Materials: Polyurethane, Sand, Plopper
Dual-Axis Precision Deposition System (Plopper), 2012-...
CAD Seed for Untitled Plopps No. 101, 2014
Column In Six Parts, 2013-16
Artist's Statement

My work is concerned with notions of authorship. Systems and technology are integral to my practice. I build machines and set up processes to critically reflect on the way we construct our environment. Somebody ones referred to my work as “an archaeology of digital architecture in machine produced sculpture, print, drawings, and film.”
One body of work that I have been pursuing over the past five years is based on a machine that I built to construct art objects: “Dual-Axis Precision Deposition System (Plopper).” This machine is something like the bad conscience of formal idealism – a kind of low-res 3D-printer that translates ideal, smart and trim geometry and generally wonderful numbers, into the viscous and opaque realm of nexus and materiality. Another person ones described the works that this machine produces as “photographic sculpture.” In other works, I follow instructions by algorithms in the execution of paintings.


Kai Franz was born in Cologne, Germany. He holds undergraduate degrees in architecture from RWTH Aachen and ETH Zurich. As a Fulbright Fellow he studied fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). In 2012, he graduated from the Masters in Architecture program at Princeton University. In 2013–14 he was an artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. Today, Kai Franz is a Professor in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in U.S. and Germany. Most recently Franz exhibited his work in “The Particles Fell Silent”, a solo exhibition at ROCKELMANN& in Berlin, Germany: