Sunday, September 09, 2007

Automaton Art with Wood, Gears, Pulleys & Chains

Automaton Art by Steve ArmstrongA kindly Automata / Automaton Blog reader made me aware of an automaton artist named Steve Armstrong.

Armstrong is represented by the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco.

From their site:
His work is most unusual for the big city in many ways - Armstrong is a Kentucky native known for his "Automata" sculpture. Every piece has moveable parts, hand-carved from various woods and vividly painted. He deftly uses gears, pulleys, chains and the viewer's energy to make his sculptures move. They stand tall, they whirl and spin, and they open to reveal an amazing sense of humor.

At this moment, he has a piece on auction at eBay.

Check out the John Pence Gallery's page dedicated to Steve Armstrong's automata.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like the picture frame design Steve used for his Howl piece. It is always interesting to see the different methods of construction or choice of materials different automatists use. Toby Downing, a Kinetic Artist (, uses a box for one of his pieces(Eating mothballs).


September 12, 2007 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Dug and fellow automatists, Imagine my surprize to be stumbling through the internet and find these flattering comments. Thanks for the featured artist post! Dug, I've followed your work, as well as work by Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead and others for several years. I would love to hear from the automata community - I have made a meager living making automata here in Kentucky for the last 15 years but have not had much occasion to meet others with similar interests. Thanks again, Steve Armstrong

February 25, 2008 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


It was my pleasure to share your work with the good readers of The Automata / Automaton Blog. Your work is beautiful and unique.

Keep me (and thus the rest of the automata community) posted. You can use the Contact Dug North form anytime.

Best Wishes,

Dug North

February 25, 2008 at 7:51 PM  

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