New piece finished up last minute before our show this weekend!
A stranger in an even stranger land finds himself in peril, desperate for a safe place to land.
Radio cabinet, chalk line, license plate light bulb cover, typewriter cooling fan blade, radio tuning knobs, book illustration clippings, fresnel lens, LEDs, motors
Here is the video for my new piece:
“Cycloptopus” 2012 (65” x 57” x 29”)
Cycloptopus is a fearsome hybrid of two of my favorite monsters, one real, one mythical. This creature is particularly dangerous because of its irritability. You’d be irritable too if you were powered by an open flame and your body was made of wood.
Radio cabinets, rocking chairs, fake fireplace, decorative clock elements, cabinet knobs, wall paper, chair parts, lamp parts, wheel hub, motors, LEDs
Here is a video of my short presentation at the Exploratorium in San Francisco last weekend. It takes you through the basic process of making a sculpture, followed by an overview of my work in general.
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!
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.
Here is a quick video of a new machine I’m working on. This one uses a timing belt and wheel from a BMW as a rack and pinion gear set up. The idea is to attach a figures feet to the two reciprocating bars to produce a “walking” motion. It is my intent to build the system robust enough so that no additional support for the figure is needed. This is a goal that has eluded me in the past, so fingers crossed….
Shown here is a little machine that produces a dizzying visual effect as part of a larger kaleidoscope project I’m working on. The sheets of striped plastic were salvaged from an older rear projection style television.
It took some fumbling but I finally came up with a good way to make use of the arm movements on my little baby-robot. A diorama is in the works that will have the beast grazing in a sort of tropical environment.
I just got the mechanism working for the little Homunculus that is to be installed inside my new Minotaur sculpture. I plan to fill the remaining space within the metal box with additional spinning belt wheels.
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.
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.
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.
I recently had the pleasure of drinking a margarita made in a rather unconventional way. Thank you David Calkins.