“Under The Sea” all fixed up, better than new. Upgraded LEDs on the little squid, and now the needles on the meters flick back and forth. Something I had intended to do the first time around but never got to it.
I finally got the arms temporarily attached to my new sculpture. In this video only one of the hands is working. Still much to be done, but I thought I would share this first moment of seeing all the body elements in place.
Since I’m pretty happy with the design of the arm/hand mechanism, it was time to stop to stain and coat the individual wood pieces.
Little finger joints. A rare case where I had to make parts from scratch rather than finding them.
Here is the first mechanical test of the arm for my new sculpture. The wood sections are from tables and chairs. I hope to significantly clean up or replace most of the linkages for the final version, but this should give an idea of the motion.
More photos from last weekend’s Mad Science opening at the Sonoma County Museum.
In case you missed it, my photos are posted here.
I’ve uploaded photos from the Mad Science exhibit opening reception, and SRL performance here:
Working out the arms and hands. I hope to make the fingers articulated with this one.
My work at S.O.F.A. Chicago.
I’m very happy to say that a number of my works (including the attached image: “Doubtful”) will be featured by the John Natsoulas Gallery at this years International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art in Chicago November 5-7. The event is held in the Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago IL. If you are able to attend, look for booth number 221.
“Mad Science” exhibit opens Sat Oct. 30th at Sonoma County Museum.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting several pieces, including “Nowhere Fast” (in the attached image) at the Sonoma County Museum next Saturday, Oct 30th. The exhibit is titled “Mad Science” and will also feature the works of Alan Rorie, Reuben Margolin, Mark Pauline (SRL), Ned Kahn, and Andrew Sofie.
There will be a not-to-be-missed performance by the legendary Survival Research Laboratories at 3:30 pm. This alone should be worth the trip.
The museum reception is technically a members only event, so if you’d like to come see the show on opening day you may need to announce yourself as “a friend of Nemo’s”.
The show runs October 31, 2010 – February 6, 2011. Museum hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm.
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I roughed out the preliminary mechanism for the head of my latest piece yesterday. you’ll have to bear with me until I work out the internal lighting. Its a bit difficult to see the facial features in this video, but I’ll make them stand out more with LEDs.
Started working out how to mount the tiny head inside the giant helmet of my new piece today.
Here is the current plan for the face of my new large figure. As-is sections of vintage vacuum cleaner parts. I hope to mount them behind a faceplate lens and automate it to slowly move in and out of the field of focus.
I’m considering starting another really big piece. This one currently stands 7’6”. I just want to be certain that it isn’t too reminiscent of my older “Little Big Man” sculpture.
In this digital age I don’t find many opportunities to share print media with you all. Yesterday I got an issue of Popular Mechanics (Russian version) in the mail. The scanned pages are below. It looks like a pretty good spread, but I have no idea what any of it says.
Birthday present from my Dad: A truckload of crap! Thanks Dad. Good stuff.
The days flea market finds. I’m particularly keen on the old hip-shaking machine. It’s a great shape and has a really robust mechanism inside.
Trying to kick start my old habit of working on several pieces simultaneously. Started a new push-toy today to compliment the insect I started last week. They both have heads made from violin scrolls FYI.
Got most of the insect figure worked out. It has a flicker bulb for it’s abdomen and I’m still playing around with some crank shaft mechanisms to move the legs.
This mornings goodies. I’m particularly excited about getting the fake painting to work: gurgling sounds, flowing, back-lit waterfall, etc. Also lolling forward to finally organizing my nuts and bolts, though I suspect I’ll always have a screw loose.
I got a beautiful old adding machine yesterday from the Sonoma County Museum sale.