Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beautifully made Jimi Hendrix automaton with realistic motions

Take a look at this amazing automaton figure depicting legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The amount of lifelike motion obtained from just a handful of cams and the figure's articulated joints is truly impressive. The stylized carving and wash colors are lovely too.

This automaton was made by artist Daniel Bennan. You can see more automata on his Pinterest page.



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Friday, April 15, 2016

Sue Jackson -- Creator of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, 1938 - 2016

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Sue Jackson has recently passed away. It was Sue who started Cabaret Mechanical Theatre back in 1979. I am not qualified to write a memorial about her life, so I will not try.

What is clear, however, is that she started something wonderful. Over the course of decades, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre has touched huge numbers of people around the globe. It has been a positive force in a world.

On a personal level, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre changed my life. I have Sue to thank for that. And what you, Dear Readers, find on the pages of this site are only here because she inspired me -- and thousands of others -- to explore the world of automata.

Here's a video clip showing what Cabaret Mechanical Theatre looked like after just one year. (The video comes to us via automaton maker and expert Sergio Pinese.)


Sue Jackson's vision and influence have brought humor, beauty, creativity, whimsy, and wonderment to countless people. It will continue to do so in the years to come. That is a legacy that not many can claim. That is a legacy to which we should all aspire.

Thank you, Sue.

Here is a proper obituary for Sue Jackson published in The Guardian.



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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Amazing gallery exhibition of contemporary fine art automata in San Francisco


Artwork by Tom Haney
I am thrilled to tell you about an upcoming show at Heron Arts titled Perpetual Motion: Contemporary Interpretations of Fine Art Automata.

It is hard to believe, but this will be among the first gallery exhibition of contemporary fine art automata in the United States.  The group show features eleven well known kinetic sculpture artists.

From the press release:
Curated by Heron Arts director Noah Antieau and Atlanta-based automata artist Tom Haney, exhibiting artists were chosen based on their craftsmanship and lifetime dedication to this artistic medium. Exhibiting artists include: David Archer (AUS), Chris Fitch (USA), Nemo Gould (USA), Tom Haney (USA), Thomas Kuntz (USA), Pat Keck (USA), Richard Landon (USA), Paul Spooner (UK), and husband and wife collaborators Dean Lucker and Ann Wood (USA).

Now THAT is an impressive list of names! You will not want to miss this one.

Here is a nice article about the show that was recently released by SF Station. Here is a recent blog post about the show by Tom Haney.

What:
Perpetual Motion: Contemporary Interpretations of Fine Art Automata

Where:
Heron Arts
7 Heron St, SF, CA 94103

When:
Opens on April 16th, 2016 with a reception from 6-9pm and runs through May 14th, 2016

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 3-7pm and by appointment

Website Info:
heronarts.com




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