Robots

Six months ago I started making a robot, sculpture. It will be 24 in / 61 cm  tall.

For about a month smaller robots have come and gone from the workbench.

Unicycle robot 5th shot Old No 7 small

Security Robot from wood turning

 

Lolly_Bot 150 size

Balloon Robot

 

Error 7 A

Paint Bot

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Produce Art

It is fine to describe my work to others using verbs. Artists are people. We’re into artistic production; we bring ‘stuff’ forward, into the real world from the imagination. We produce.

  • I sculpt.
  • I create.
  • I design.
  • I paint.

If the conversation goes beyond a one syllable response, “Oh,” the follow-up question, if I get that far, is:

  • What sort of sculptor?
  • What do you paint? What type of painting?
  • Let me see your stuff?
  • Why have I never heard of you?
  • No way? You? Making things?

Next, I receive their advice, “Isn’t it wiser to focus on one sort of Art?”

  • I answer, “I produce results with my Art whatever my materials happen to be at the time.”
  • So you’re a Producer. They are convinced I’m in the movie business.

So the conversation switches to the script they’ve written. It’s pretty good. A mystery.

And I listen. Because I owe them one.

Footprints in sand

Make something with materials at hand

What can be Will Be

My usual method to assemblage starts with some kind of “ground” or what receives all the pieces. Then comes the parts arrangement. Take a picture; then, re-arrange the components, and finally take another picture.

Flow of the Cosmos2

“Star Fountain”, wood, metal, acrylic paint, varnish, April 2016

I’ve  mixed it up a bit.  I take a picture of the parts and cut them out, then arrange those cut-outs on a backdrop.

I thought, “Forget the pictures.”

Designs?

Where am I?

I’m stuck is where I am.

I have to do better. Don’t give up.

Opportunity to re-start.

 

I was jammed. Run hard a-ground.

What I used to make this project was one word: altered.

I altered the plan.

It worked. Same parts different approach. New concept.

I got un-stuck.

New tool for my tool box.

What can be will be.

Eventually.

Stay in the hunt.

Parts Make a Whole

Fuel Filter Lamp 1

I walked passed the collection of automotive parts everyday for several months.  The 1960 Willys Jeep fuel pump was near the top of the heap. I liked the “AC” glass bowl.

I disassembled and cleaned the fuel pump. Then, the un-necessary bits were removed.

 

Then my curiosity was growing. What else was lurking in that scrap?

I found more parts–outside house lights. I began to get a sense of what “the fuel pump” could become.

The assembly process was trial and error. Error gets me going with more determination.

I needed some bits to enhance “the fuel pump”.

I was given a cord coupler. Nice threads.

Bartered for a brass plate for a base. Scrap brass sheet and couplings for contrasting color.

I bought a toggle switch.

 

I call it a “Lamp” from a 1960 Willys Jeep fuel pump.

 

Fuel Filter Lamp 2

 

 

 

Ray Gun

What Does a Ray Gun Look Like?

The year is 1898 H. G. Wells has written a novel The War of the Worlds. In that novel there is an early mention of a ray gun called the “heat-ray”. The Martians did some serial work on humanity. I do mean serial destruction.

More than a century passes and the Overlords of space opera and design technology have employed props called ray guns, blasters, zap-guns, or  phasers carried from one end of the universe to our own backyards.

What does a ray gun look like?  Design one– what I can construct from my stash and mash them up will equal a ray gun.

  • Shape
  • Function
  • Emotion

So the request I got goes something like this–

Needed:  discrete Steampunk ray gun for a gentleman’s waistcoat or a lady’s purse.

March 2016 Ray Gun 2

This ray gun is a composite for fancy-dress-up events that others call costume role-play or cos-play.  The ray gun is an artifact of someone’s life. It means something to them. It is a unique ray gun. It will accessorize their ‘get-up’—Shape, Function, Emotion.

I built several one off’s and displayed them on a table. Then there were none.

I was happy.

No one asked for a special construction, just bring more next time they said.

Art is fun.

Keep art fun.

 

How do you make your designs? Not just ray guns, but everything.

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