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A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
--Max Planck

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
--Amy Lowell

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to view every problem as a nail.

There are many new processes and materials for artists to explore today. Countless artists are utilizing the technologies of the past and are proving that there are always new insights and discoveries to be made even while exploring what superficially may appear to be well-charted territory. Some of us, however, choose to work with the technology of our own generation and become as familiar with it as with the traditional ones. This becomes the means through which the contemporary artist may create aesthetic values and realize new possibilities for artistic expression. If we wish to speak to and about our time, is there a better medium to use than the technology developed by this highly industrialized society?

In 1962 I reached the point in my work where the structures I wished to create were no longer possible using traditional tools, materials and techniques. Jewelry had become for me a three-dimensional art form with the function of embellishing the body while making a statement that can be appreciated on its own. I therefore began to explore the possibilities presented by science and industry. The electroforming process, which I began to employ, made it possible for me to develop relatively large scale, yet light weight jewelry. Combinations of materials that were difficult or impossible to achieve were made possible by this 20th century process. In providing answers to immediate problems, electroforming also opened for me formal and structural possibilities that I could not have predicted before beginning my work with it. Plastics have an attraction for me because of their rich colors and marvelous transparencies. I enjoy using in an intuitive manner a material that was developed for technological needs.

Since 1980 I have been devoting much of my time to an exploration of the microcomputer as a tool for the studio artist. The computer is the newest creative tool for the artist; the computer revolution sweeping industrial nations now extends to the artist's studio. My work involves the creation of three dimensional forms using computer-aided-design. The drawings created in this way are very accurate mathematical descriptions of the object. It truly exists when completed in the CAD program. The CAD description is then processed by a computer-aided-manufacturing program that creates the instructions that control machine tools that I use to produce the physical object. I consider that the creative act occurs in CAD where the real object takes form. My work is an attempt to create personal values using materials and processes which today are used mechanically and anonymously by industry. The forms I create would not evolve as they do without regard to the body. That my art is worn, is a point of departure for me. However, I would have no interest in creating these pieces if all they were meant to do was adorn. My intent is to act as an interpreter of today's technology and to try to demonstrate human values in control of our new tools. The techniques and materials that I employ require me to work in a methodical and logical manner, which influences my work; yet the source of my forms must ultimately be ascribed to nature.

Stanley Lechtzin
Melrose Park, Pa.
March 1994