Friday, 15 April 2011

heartening kinetic doodads

Martin Smith's “The Heart Machine”
You may find these man-made objects a bit strange
or eccentric and somehow they are, yet I'm thrilled
by their eye-appeal and their own kinetic features.
Each one of these thingamajigs is able to cheer 
me up after a hard working day and it's 
undeniably a masterwork.

Martin Smith's “The Party Popper Machine (graphite black)
Martin Smith is a German born British 'kinetic artist'
whose work and research are concerned with people's
perception and interpretation of space.
His kinetic architectural maquettes slowly investigate
themes of repetition, precision and rules.
”The utopian spaces that are seemingly impossible
to implement are what currently drive my work forward.”

said the Herefordshire's College of Art educated artist.

John Lumbus' “Storm in a Tea Cup (Royal Delft)
Smith is also the creative director of Laikingland,
the artistic collaboration based both in UK and
The Netherlands in design and manufacture
of beautiful crafted kinetic objects highly able
to engage and evoke a sense of play and
nostalgia. Amazing objects produced in
limited editions at Laikingland's 
Huddersfield workshop in the UK.

John Lumbus' “The Magic of Cabaret”
“Laik” means to play and the whole project is
actually built around the notion of encouraging
everyday playfulness.
Among them you'll find the impressive versions
of John Lumbus' “Storm in a Tea Cup”.
Lumbus studied industrial design at Cardiff's
Institute of Higher Education and spent the
years after his graduation working as maintenance
man at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre 
 in London's Covent Garden.
In 2000 John moved to Yorkshire where he now
spends his time designing and building sensational
mechanical toys and automatons in his home workshop.

John Lumbus' “The Surprise Gift”
Paul Spooner had mechanical interests since an
early age, completed a preDiploma course at
Lancaster College of Art and studied Art & Design
at Cardiff specialising in mechanical sculpture.
Spooner has been a regular contributor to
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre together with
Peter Markey with small hand-cranked pieces.
His work combines humor and an obsessive
attention to detail with delightful 
and intriguing mechanisms.

Paul Spooner's “Parasite Island”
Rachel Larkins has been making collectors
toys since 1996, shortly after she graduated
from Winchester School of Art.
As well as working from her “Artsway” studio,
she exhibits regularly and her works are held
in private collections in England and abroad.
Rachel is an associate lecturer at the Arts
Institute in Bournemouth.

Rachel Larkins' “Duel Remembrance”
Jud Turner was born in Eugene, Oregon, US
breathing creativity while he was growing up,
he has always drawn, painted and sculpted
receiving training at the University of Oregon.
Jud focused his sculptural talent on direct welded
steel works and objects trouvés assemblages
in the early 90's. “Currently I live and work in
my hometown with my beautiful wife and 3 cats.
I spend as much time as possible welding,
and laughing.” he wrote on his website
and that's the right dynamic to make such
awesome more-or-less-kinetic artworks.

Jud Turner's “Cumulus Zeppelin”
A million thanks to all of you, your fine doodads
really make my day!

Jud Turner's “Round Up”

1 comment:

  1. Droga Elisabetta, to bardzo ciekawe. Szczególnie kompozycja ze statkiem-miastem.

    Pozdrawiam (po polsku) :o)