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Solar Flowers

Aluminum, Brass, Steel, Rosewood, solar engine
2010
Artwork by [user-name]

I think of Sculptural Robotics first and foremost as a synthetic discipline. It's a way to explore the world around me, and it's also a delightful waste of time. My machines are designed according to a conceptual aesthetic that emphasizes minimalist design elements. I prototype and test my designs just like any roboticist, but unlike most I am not intersted in finding solutions to practical problems. Instead, I'm more interested in finding designs that produce flowing, graceful movement, and that are increasingly autonomous in control and energy acquisition, generation after generation.

Mechanical Universe, Part I: The Pastoral

Oil paint on wood, aluminum (steel brackets), motors, solar panels, wire, electronics
2008
Artwork by [user-name]

Mechanical Universe originally was created for the Boston Cyberarts Festival and shown as part of the 2007 festival at TransCultural Exchange: Punzo shipped his cyber insects to the Boston, where I created their ‘living spaces’ - part irreverent homage to Donald Judd; part reverent homage to Jean Tinguely and Alexander Calder. But pure Punzo and Sherman.
Each 'box' is a collage of highly textured paint and polished aluminum.
At the push of a button, the doors open at staggered intervals, revealing a host of musical 'cyber insects,' before slamming close. The individual 'boxes' also can be re-configured to respond to the architecture of the space in which the piece is exhibited. The idea is to create an up-dated, modular version of the 17th century Italian pastoral by way of the 21st century
Special thanks to George Bossarte for electronic/programming help; and Nexus Machine Shop and Gallery for use of the shop

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