Computer Science Meets Sculpture in the One-of-a-Kind Art of Eric Mesplé
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Eric Mesplé blends cutting-edge computer science with sculpture to create interactive—and sometimes startling—works of art. Watch this week’s episode of The New Creatives to see one-of-a-kind art up close, and then keep reading to find out what host Austin Craig has to say about Eric’s innovative artistic process and the experience of working with a diverse array of creators.

I never really considered a career in fine art. But if I had gone down that road, I hope I could make something like Eric Mesplé.

When we were searching for guests for The New Creatives, we made a deliberate effort to find artists of all walks of life, from all over, representing diverse backgrounds and world-views. Creativity doesn’t come in one shape or color, and we wanted to represent that with an array of creative pros—so there wasn’t really a perfect guest, per se. But when I saw a short video of Eric Mesplé’s piece, Killing Time, I knew we had to get this guy on our show!

Eric’s work represents so much of what we want to showcase with The New Creatives. It’s unexpected. It’s innovative. It’s high tech and old school. It’s personal to the artist and relatable to the audience. It took skill and years of work to conceive and build. That’s something we encountered repeatedly with this show: good work takes time. It’s hard for us to come in for just one week and make a meaningful contribution or substantial piece from scratch. It’s maybe too ambitious to actually work. But every single time we tried, we learned a ton. We saw how the creative mind works and how the temperament of the creative professional guides their work and problem solving.

Eric, like so many of our other guests, told us about the frustrations he’d encountered, from his own small mistakes to things as sweeping as a failing economy. They’re each very real setbacks. And you know what? None of that keeps him down. He learns and gets back to work. He just keeps figuring out how to bring the visions of his mind to life in the most dazzling, spectacular ways. And the results speak for themselves. Just look at the faces of anybody witnessing his work for the first time—their jaws drop.

Here’s something else I like about Eric: he’s hard to define. That’s when you know you’re doing something truly original, when people aren’t sure what to call you and your creations. His work blends metalworking, sculpture, microprocessors, programming, and fluid dynamics. It’d be hard to call him a specialist, but he sure isn’t a generalist. He’s one of a kind. When you practice and combine so many skills and materials in unexpected ways, you can do that. You can create something that nobody has ever seen before. You can inspire childlike wonder in even the most jaded onlooker. I think that’s pretty special. Eric was an incredible guest (and host) to this serial amateur. For the week we spent together, I’d even call him a mentor. I think that’s pretty special, too.

If you love Eric’s work as much as we do, you can follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. And stay tuned on BYUtv for the next episode of The New Creatives, premiering Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30pm MT.

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