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DESIGNLAB: Gabriel Boyce + Preston Link - Rock

Featuring the collaborative work of artists Gabriel Boyce and Preston Link, this exhibition showcases their application of new technologies through a recent partnership with NextFab Studio in University City. Using cutting-edge design programs to redevelop a two-year-in-the-making, ongoing project, the artists use advanced fabrication methods to realize a progressive interpretation of Rock – an ever-evolving concept that was grown out of a cell phone image taken in January of 2009. With the assistance of Lewis Colburn and Stephanie Koenig, staff members and working artists at NextFab, Boyce & Link create a 500 pound replica of their ‘rock’ through digital rendering and the assembly of nearly 200 layers of laser-cut, multi-colored acrylic sheets.

Gabriel Boyce received his MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2002 and Preston Link received his BFA from Pennsylvania State University in 2005. They have been working collaboratively for over 3 years and have recently shown together in Breaking News at Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA; Works on Paper at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA; Pailling Around with Socialists at U-Turn Art Space in Cincinnati, OH; and they maintain an ongoing web-based photography project at

NextFab Studio is a membership-based, high-tech workshop and custom fabrication center located in Philadelphia’s University City Science Center. With equipment ranging from traditional machining and woodworking to computer-controlled milling and 3D printing, NextFab provides members and clients with expert instruction and problem-solving to meet their fabrication needs. This project is made possible through the studio assistance of NextFab staff members Lewis Colburn & Stephanie Koenig.