Sunday, January 13, 2019

Third Place in the Analog/Digital show!

Fortune smiled on me on Friday when Angus was chosen for the third place award at the opening to the Analog/Digital Art Show at the Beacon Gallery. The opening was really fun and there was a fantastic selection of art. Christine O'Donnell, the gallery owner, did a great job setting the show up and could not be a better host, she really has a great eye for art and design. I love the way people respond to the robots. Its fun to watch someone notice them and then smile or laugh. The feedback I got was all very positive, but to have the event capped off by the third place award was particularly cool.

       
                           Angus and FDR                                    ME with the display

Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Series is Born

I like creating series. One off robots are cool, but there is something about a series that I really enjoy and today I just finished 2 in what will be my newest line. They use old analog light meters as the body. I came across these meters a few months ago while rummaging around on Ebay. I didn't really do much with them robot wise, but did make some old school ray guns. After all ray-guns are cool
Fast forward to last month when I used one of the light meters in a robot I made as a gift for my buddy Lisa's daughter (she is a photographer ). I loved the way it came out so this week I grabbed the other two and went to work. This is what I came up with.

       


I love the way these look. These are on swivel bases, an idea I got from my wife, and creative consultant, Lori. The GE light meter serves as a great base to work with, the size is nice, about 6 inches tall, and they have great personality. I already found a few more meters on Ebay and ordered them yesterday. These are fun to build and will make a great robot army!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2 New Additions

The last few weeks have been satisfyingly productive. I finished 2 robots that were partially complete. On the first one I was having issues with finishing the head. When I decided to give up what I had been planning the whole thing came together quickly. Hooray for being smart enough to know when to let go of an idea! Here is the finished product.

 

The second one I really like. The body is an old mechanical relay from the U.S. Navy. The head is from a projector bulb I pulled out of the trash at work. The arms are old dental drills. This one really works and is a little different than most of my others.

 

A resolution I am going to try and stick to is carving out more time in the Robotrium. Like any creative endeavor, the more you do it, the more you want to do it. Plus its always very rewarding. For now I am looking forward to the show I got into that begins in January. I decided to list both robots for sale, which is a big step given how attached I become to them, but its time to see if there is real interest, and a show in the South End is a great place to do that.





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I'm in another Art Show!

I got the good news on Monday, 2 of my pieces made it into another show. The Beacon Gallery Is running the show Analog / Digital starting January 11th 2019. I entered 5 pieces and 2 were accepted. The gallery reported they had a large number of entries, so I consider myself fortunate to have made the cut. It's always very exciting and energizing to get this kind of recognition. These are the pieces that made it in:

FDR


Angus

I am leaning strongly towards listing both for sale. I love both, however Angus is one of  kind. The Gallery is in the South End, which is a fantastic location regarding exposure and traffic, so I may just go for it and see what happens. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2 New Works

Over the last few weeks I have managed to carve out some time in the studio. Its a personal goal to try and incorporate that into my weekly routine (such as it is). These past few weeks saw me start and finish 2 more robots. In this case I think the productivity had more to do with building 2 more of types I had already done, which is way easier (no endless hours staring at something trying to figure out how it goes together) rather than me focusing on working. Either way though being productive makes me want to be more productive, which is good because that's what I want to focus on.


This one looks like the one I gave my friend Lisa last month, it uses some of the stuff she gave me.

This one is the fourth of this type I have done. Being wheeled its a little different from what I usually do, its also somewhat smaller since it has no legs. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Friends Give You Parts - Again

Lisa, one of my co-workers and all around creative and cool person, gave me some parts a few weeks ago. Just 2 old valves from the steam radiators from her house. I loved the way they looked so I jumped right in and things came together quickly.

This is what she gave me:

And this what I gave back to her today:




I've decided that going forward, if I get usable parts from a friend, my goal will be to give them a robot from those parts in return. I did this once before for my buddy Amina. One of the challenges I have with these things is that when I make one, I want to keep it. Hopefully this will be a way for me to curb that inclination and get more work out there. I love the reaction I get from my work and today made a friend smile, what could be better than that?


Friday, October 5, 2018

No Robots, but much Coolness!

So last month I got a rare, and historically super geeky opportunity. I was on the U.S.S. Constitution when it did a turn around cruise in Boston Harbor. How incredibly cool is it to be on the worlds oldest commissioned warship, a ship that was named by George Washington? Well I thought it was awesome. The cruise was to honor Gold Star Families and educators (that's how I got on board). They ship went out to Castle Island, was saluted by a National Guard Battery, returned the salute, and then went back to her birth. All told it was a 3 hour cruise and just tremendous. We lucked out weather wise too, it was perfect.