I’m pretty excited about this little guy so far. The machine shown on the left of the image makes him appear to struggle feebly within his punching bag confinement.
I’ll be showing my piece “The Race” at Unfinished Projects over at MotoSF in San Francisco this Saturday Feb 25th (6-11). I’ll also have one of my trophy head pieces “Heavy Metal” on display.
275 8th Street, 2nd Floor
Here is a link to the Facebook event for more details:
Instructables just posted a nice little interview I did with them last week. It’s pretty general in scope until the end when we get into details about my “Quicksilver Scooter” project that I did a few years ago.
I’ve been kind of blowing my mind on this little machine lately. Ultimately it will drive six spring loaded pistons by way of strands of beading wire. The difficulty is in aligning all the little wheels and making sure there is little to no friction. The ornate brass bits are faux wax cups from a chandelier. They function as the drive gears.
MSN recently produced a little travel segment about Oakland. I was asked to show Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen around my studio and then take a little tour around town. She then returned the favor in her own segment. Check it out!
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.
The mornings haul. I’m feeling fortunate to have had yet another visit from the broken violin fairy. The Zither is pretty cool too.
This welding clamp is one of the most useful things I’ve ever made. It’s like a shop assistant that I don’t have to pay!
One of my older (2005) insect pieces was included in a pretty cool survey of wasp themed sculptures over at Environmental Graffiti today:
Oh boy! Just got a box full of horrible taxidermy eyes in the mail! Think of all the nightmares I can make with these.
Motorcycle disc brake caliper assembly on its way to becoming a monkey-monster-thing.
This is the second time Wired Magazine has printed this photo (this time in their UK version) without bothering to credit me or my sculpture. The image is used to support an article about Andy Rubin (he’s the one wearing pants), the man behind the Android operating system. Is it too much to ask that Art be considered as intellectual property, or at least valued in some way like every other business? I mean, come on, they’re printing a picture of a giant, anatomically correct, gun toting robot. Why bother even staging such a photo if it’s image isn’t compelling enough to warrant some kind of interest from their readers? Why not do the honorable thing and at least mention the guy who spent countless hours and dollars creating the thing? How hard is it to print a tiny little image credit?
O.K. done ranting now.
Finally finished replacing the motor bearings and belts in my lathe. What a job, it was like cracking a Swiss safe! Big thanks to the human Wendell, and to a lesser extent the cat Ingot. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.
This little machine will be installed in the head of the large cyclops-octopus-robot thing I’m working on. Its made from a truck wheel hub, a candle holder, the motor from a dollar bill intake machine, some LEDs, and a few other random parts.
This mechanism causes the head of my new “octo-thing” to rock back and forth. A good amount of energy went into the mattress spring suspension joints for each tentacle. At this stage though the machine is too smooth to make use of the springs. I may have to re-work things to get better results.
This is a combined haul from the flea market, scrap yard, etc. I’m on a junk binge.
About 100 cabinet knobs and 2 rocking chairs generously gave their lives to the cause of making tentacles for my new piece. It’s been a tedious process that I hope to wrap up today.
Making some progress on my latest octo-thingy. Had to cut down the height of each radio cabinet about 20% to get the proportions right. I think it looks much better now.
I just got some photos of the Blooom fair in Cologne from the folks at Strychnin Gallery. It looks like it was a terrific show, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be there myself.
Last weekend marked the first show at my new studio and adjoining gallery. Many thanks to all who were able to attend, and the artists involved. Below is a photo set of the exhibition, reception, and a few images from the studios of Jeremy Mayer and Nemo Gould (myself).
Don’t let the headlines discourage you folks, Oakland is lovely this time of year. Especially at 305 Center Street tomorrow night and Saturday afternoon! We’re almost all set up and hope to see you here.