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I’m super excited to be able to share final images and video for my series of Cephalopods commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium!  The pieces are destined for the upcoming exhibit “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes,” opening April 12, 2014. These pieces will help tell stories about the impacts that pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction have on these animals.  The project has truly been a dream come true for me and I’ll be sure to post images of the pieces once they are installed among real sea creatures in April.  I will also be displaying these pieces briefly at an open house event in my studio Saturday March 15th.  Stay tuned for details to follow.

In the mean time I’ve posted details of each piece individually: Cuttlefish, Octopus, and Nautilus here on my site, and put together a quick video overview of all three (above).  Below is a very cool little video that the Aquarium produced about the making of the pieces as well as a few teaser images of finished pieces:

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I’m in the final stages of my diorama project.  The last step is to generate decorative frames that mask away some of the mechanical components of the pieces and focus the viewer on the creatures in their environment.  For this aspect I wanted each one to be identical, to tie the three together thematically.  While simple in concept and design this actually posed some technical difficulties.  Fortunately my neighbor (Hero Design) was ready to help with their CNC router.  Its the first time I’ve ever made use of this type of machine, a real time saver!

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I had to finish the inside edge with a hand router to make it look more decorative:

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Super excited to announce my new piece “Armed and Dangerous” just added to my portfolio!

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Here we have a giant, mulit-armed, multi-faced, dual-zombie-powered, mercury-activated, electro-mechanical monster!

Please watch the video above for the full experience, there is a lot going on in this one.

Dimensions: 81″ x 92″ x 26″

Materials:

Radio cabinets, pool table legs, table top, table legs, coffee pots, pipe elbows, bean scoops, panel meters, truck horns, thread spindles, slide projectors, truck wheel hubs, shoe stretchers, serving tray, chair and lamp elements, mercury switch, water valve handles, motors, LEDs, aluminum scrap, mechanical linkages, etc.

 

 

 

 

If you’re familiar with my work then you know I have a fascination with dioramas.  I’ve been meaning to get back to making work based on this theme, so on a recent trip to New York I made sure to visit the Museum of Natural history.  I had spent part of the previous day visiting the MOMA and left there feeling pretty bleak.  Unfortunately it seems that the more time I spend making art, the less connection I feel to art museums.  The Natural History Museum was an entirely different story.  The countless fabricated worlds of past and present totally blew me away.  Here was a place where skill and artistry were being employed to really inspire and awe the viewer.  I was really impressed with the variety of techniques used to create these enclosed worlds, backdrop painting, mirrors, lighting and so on.

Shown here are just a few moments that really stood out for me.

 

I’m in the unique position to find myself performing repairs on a robot penis.  Recent storms and high winds conspired to emasculate my sculpture “General Debris” outside his home in Santa Rosa CA.  Fortunately the damage was minor and he’ll be whole again in no time.

For those who still have not seen this Saturday Night Live music video (link below), it sums up my feelings pretty well (NSFW)

http://youtu.be/_IA_aHsER6c

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I’ve put it off for a long time now but I finally moved my mailing list over to Mail Chimp. If you’re not already on it, please consider signing up. I promise to use it sparingly, and only to announce things I think you’ll want to hear about like new work, shows, etc.
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Hello friends, I have just finished up a few new pieces and would like to invite you to come view them (and many others) at an impromptu show at my humble studio in Berkeley CA, Saturday, February 26th from 1-5 pm. It’s not often that I can assemble this many pieces (over two dozen!) in one place at one time so I thought I would jump at this opportunity to share my work, process and facilities with whomever among you are interested.
You can find directions to my studio here: http://www.nemomatic.com/nemomatic/directions.html
Facebook event here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197665920244889