In the latter half of the 20th Century, there was this weird cultural obsession with robot takeover (Johnny 5 anyone?) Thankfully, that’s more or less been sidelined as we deal with real fears like runaway oil spills, internet terrorism, and impending nuclear fallout. *Phew*
Check out this robot. This is one of the good ones, I think.
Meet Andreas of Machineous. He’s brilliant, he swooped on these 2,000 pound iron beasts not long ago, for a fraction of their original cost, as the economy buckled and swallowed up the auto industry. These robots in his factory are straight off the Mitsubishi assembly line. That’s right, they used to fuse together doors and seal car windows.
Andreas re-appropriated them, however, to function as architectural design tools. Visionary artists, famous designers and world-renowned builders approach Andreas to help execute their ideas to fruition. Here, he shows a “blob wall” constructed of amorphous plastic shapes. (There’s one of them in the box behind the computer). The entire wall fits together like puzzle pieces, and flows like an undulating organism. Anyways, Andreas used these robots to whittle the individual pieces. Check out the results HERE.
Here, another project underway. Believe it or not, those are stacks of drinking straws.
And these, I believe they are being put together for some store. But they are stacks of everyday plywood, glued together, and shaped by the robots as smooth orbs.
Andreas gets back to work. That machine is the computer/brains behind each robot. Let the robot takeover begin!
Some final thoughts from New York City.
…and onward home…
Speaking of artists, let’s introduce you to some of the best.
Meet Ed McGowin.The enigmatic 72-year-old artist was once a Golden Gloves Mississippi boxer, but is most recognized for his artwork, which has been the subject of 60+ solo exhibitions and included in the permanent collections at the Whitney and the Guggenheim.
Ed is most noted for having legally changed his name 12 times in a matter of 18 months, creating vastly different artwork under each persona. Over the remainder of his career, he has continued to make art under the assumed identities. It’s a trip hearing Ed talk about each “artist” he performs as, some may be dead, some are even understood in the popular realm to be different ethnicities. Just the fact that he has mastered all these varying genres of art is incredible.
Meet Claudia DeMonte. The professor and artist is largely known for her commentary on women and their global status, making “female fetishes” out of wood and pewter adornments. She uses materials, a light sense of humor, and an introspective eye to transform everyday objects into considerable centerpieces.
Ed and Claudia have been married for 33 years. And they are the epitome of cool. We should all strive to lead lives as accomplished as theirs.