Chris Spollen
Art on The Go
Its been an amazing journey and it seems too be picking up speed and direction of its own these days, with galleries shows and museums moving into view. Robot # 42 has just come back from a two month tour at the “Monmouth Museum” “The Neo Outsider Show” curated by Dion Hitchings, Robot # forty two was well liked. He is now back on duty in front of my shop with glowing hands and head thanks to the aide of three solar lights.
Folks seem to like Robots
Been working on a new series of sculptures free standing rather larger sculptures “British Quierios 1908 -1928” This is Mandrakes Now famous" Death Ray"
Teamed up with a small publisher Avi Gvili and we have full color children books almost finished due out this fall. “The Art of Recycling”, the sculptures of Chris Spollen all color to be published by Boulevard Books This is a proof page from the interior of the book
Robots are a very good promo they and seem to get a lot of attention where they go. This is “Mr. –Ro -Box The Re-Cycler” he is created from all plastic throw away matrials that were in this case not thrown away. PS he as a result of being construed out of all plastic is easy to carry, Robot # 42 is a beast to move around.
And things have come full circle with a solo show at the new High School of Art and Design They have given me the new “Kenny Gallery” for the month of September to feature works form the up coming book and new sculptures as well. Nice to pay back asI was a student there some forty-three years ago.
Putting it on the Walls
Strange my art is now on walls here (NBC Shooting) Used to be in magazines Putting it on walls standing back and looking for a first time
Lucky Jing my wife now has me involved with the Saten Island Arts Council
Gabe Pressman doing a show on the arts on our little Island media is fast sort of made me a little nervous Gabe is a media legend now at ninety years young was a sweet heart both on and off camera, a three minute special should be on air late April early May
Working and thinking in dimensions Kind on nice seeing the work on the walls rather then in my studio shed
I have been enjoying working on small story sculptures, in a way still illustrating and telling stories its simply that they are my own stories now
Firing up Robot #42 and he is once again and on the move
Robot # 42 will on display be at the Monmouth Museum this summer June 2014 trough September 2014
Gassing up for evenings’ lift
Interesting observation the viewers all wanted to hear the story’s behind each piece of art in hindsight I should have included them.
“Mechenations” Cottage Widgets Winter Series 2014 Mechanical Flight Model Number Eight Da Vinci based Mechanical Flight Study
Diving Deeper
Captain John Pennetion is lowered very slowly into the depths of a bizarre new world filled with strange and as of yet undefined life forms. All are moving about his helmet in what appeared to him as if in a dream like manner.
Sketch for Captain John’s decent my mind is a wash with ideas and a loose sketch serves to tie an idea down before it washes away
Dilemma at the great ocean depths, water pressure and improper air mixtures are foresting hallucinations in the mind of our narrative Captain John
The Iron Bucket 1894 On the near still morning of August 24 1894 Professor Bartholomew B. Peterson was slowly lowered by means of a chain wench to a depth of nearly two miles straight down in what was nicknamed the professors “Iron Bucket”. This was a record dive in terms of its shear distance and its time in the history of under sea exploration, the professor stayed down for a period of two hours and ascended unfretted.
Broits Boiler 1864 Nicknamed the “Flying Boiler” a large floating tank was designed and built by a French bottler and extreme flight enthusiast by the name of John Broit. This was one of the history’s very early heavier then air controlled flight flying machines. Broit dicovered in his bottling shop located just out side Paris quite by accident that helium when heated became even lighter and supplied even more lift as a result of the heat. On June 6 1864 he put his theory to the test, his design was rather simple a cast iron boiler tank with a small heater attached to it. Valves were added that could release pressure for decent and increase pressure for height. On that still warm and moonlit evening in June John Broit managed to attain a record height of seventeen miles almost straight up. It has been widely stated that is was John Broits record flight that first gave us the term most widely used today as “Heavy Metal”.
The process begins after a quick sketch with wood, cans, tape and lots of old swap file folders soaked in dollar store simple glue. Works pretty well to make some light and very hard compound forms (Paper Mache}
A rather ungainly attempt at flight off the California coast June 28 1928 Working with some personal money and hoping to gain a government contract, The locals knew “The Thompson Gas Bag” as it was affectioally called, by the many nighttime sightings during its early tests. John Thompson was a lighter then air flight enthusiast and back yard tinker, who did all his testing at night off the coast of California. John needed light no to wind for his research, and hoped to avoid the glare of curiosity seekers. The Thompson did have limited success but was extremely ungainly in flight and in slight winds it was nearly impossible to control. Although he did have some favorable results John Thompson was never able to interest the Navy or and government officials for that matter in his design. John did go on however to work as a plane designer at the Glen Curtis aircraft company in southern California.
Creating and Making
Shore Robots Britain 1938 In the early thirties steam powered robots were used on the rocky costal shorelines off Bristol England to work as light keepers. They were employed as navigational aides for the vast amount of capitol ships that plotted the rocky British shoreline. These coal burning iron machines equipped were with distress rockets, lanterns, and signal flags, they proved to be an invaluable aide for of local as well as international shipping. Unfortunate with time and the caustic salted sea air the machines began to age and rust, and were no longer of serice, some still stand today on the windy shorelines completely rusted and frozen forever in time
The Gardner Company 1894 Quincy Illinoi “The Burton” Fire Estinguing Robot Designed and built in Quincy Illinois the “Burton” was an all iron atom-a- ton that functioned as a self-contained walking fire extinguisher. The machine carried sixty gallons externally filled what could be best described as a fire suppressant liquid. This fluid could be directed and sprayed at the fires origin with the “Burtons” twin modulating nozzles.
“The Trent”, Space Rocket ship 1864 Today marks the memory of the “Trent’s” historic record-breaking flight into the most outer reaches of space blasting up from Scotland 1864 This coal fired iron boiler set a record for all of Victorian space flights that followed in both its duration as well as distance of this historic journey. Piloted by a rouge and quite eccentric Scottish captain Sir James Kegan and two younger federation crew man and one stow away monkey .The “Trent” blasted its way into the history books as the “Iron Bullet” of what has become to be known as “the Great Victorian Steam Period”, but this was just the beginning of a yet to unfold bizarre adventure for both her crew its captain and above all the monkey, the monkeys name is Lord Zedock.
The Templer 1890 A post steam small arm developed for the Liverpool police department, to contend with the “Atomic Zombie Robots,” that were reported to be living in the tunnels beneath Waterloo Station. This was the weapon of choice most preferred by the British police department in that it had the impact required to disable these strange helmeted alien creatures, with out much noise, the “Templar” used a combination of both electricity and compressed air.
The three o’clock steamer arrives at Yuma Thanks to the ever reach of Drawger International I have now been contacted and invited to showcase my sculptures on a web site in the UK, amazing!
Daytona Speed Record Attempt 1904 A pre –dawn warm up bringing up steam pressure for a new world record speed attempt, an all-metal body custom made roaster powered by a radical new steam boiler hoping to break the two hundred mile an hour record. The only sound audible to the anxious and building crowd was a slight hiss that was barely heard over the braking of the ocean waves. She looked liked a fire breathing monster just waiting to pounce in the early morning mist, one reporter was overheard saying.
Built to Last Built to last constructed of hardened oak timbers and boilers forged from sold steel and cast in iron. This little workhorse has been beached, as a forgotten relic from a distant past. Passed by more modern sleeker forms of shipping this hometown little side-wheeler has been side lined. Fire still bellows in her boilers but she is no longer able to get a crew or a shipment for her cargo’s hold. Sadly she sits on the tides edge, seemly defying her lot in life as if to curse the wind itself, this sad little ship simply sits.
Mini Bot (Robot) Another day at the factory another Robot Above the din of the hammers and the smell of the now almost constant steam another small Robot emerges from dust and dim of the factory floor. You can always identify this one by the small rechargeable solar light on his head Mini bot is his identifying name and he is approximately four and a half foot high smaller in size when compared to Robot # 42 his predecessor
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