Saturday, September 21, 2013

The enchanting rustic automata and 'organic mechanic' of artist Blair Somerville

Please check out this charming video about Blair Somerville -- an artist and self-described tinkerer located on New Zealand’s South Island. The film by Joey Bania is titled Lost & Found.

From the video description:

For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspire.

I love the use of stop-motion animation in the film. The effect complements Somerville's playful, imaginative style of creativity.

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Blogger DaveGoodchild said...

What a brilliant and inspiring film - I was going to have an afternoon nap, but now I'm off to the workshop and feeling creative again after a week or two of producing absolutely nothing! It's a shame that New Zealand is so 'blimmin far away! Thanks for sharing Dug.
Hope all is well with the new endeavour.

September 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous pitts8rh said...

I have to say that this is one of the very best I have seen in a long time. His creations, his personality, and his philosophy are inspirational. I wish I could visit him to just absorb a bit of what he is on. The waving tentacles alone would be worth the trip.

The video itself is a work of art. Fascinating subject material, presented perfectly...

September 25, 2013 at 5:40 AM  

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