Chris Spollen
Still Sculpting
Johnny BaGatto says any friend of Moe Green is a friend of mine; yes we will promote this Spollen guy and his stuff here in Atlantic City for sure! We are all family now, and we just need to wet our beaks a bit in return. As for art forgetabout it! But I kind of like these gun things he does kind of crazy! Wonderful hand crafted fanatical works of art made by the leading artisans of this time and designed by engineers with limitless imaginations. These eccentric weapons represent a truly magical part of a past time a magical science fiction world.
The Lafayette Space Pistol 1834 Standard Side arm on all French Space Missions 1834 France 1832 “The Lafayette” on its rechargeable stands a six shot short-range space weapon. A very well designed short range electric and hydrogen blaster hand crafted by “The Lagrange Craftsman Guild House of Paris” well liked among the aeronauts who used them while in space.
“The Pronto Blaster” England 1834 Michaels Faraday's research into electric flow and current and his duel passion for quantum physics led to the development of this odd weapon and very powerful weapon indeed. Electrically charged atoms could be forced and redirected into a single shot or as in this case a blast.
Captured in this print on the actual gantry of the French Rocket Ship “The La Salle” is The “Oscillating Over-Thruster Ray Gun” A true rocket pistol in real life. The time was nineteen thirty six and the destination was for parts of the universe still unknown
France and its Historic Electric Hydrogen Ray Guns 1834 All was well in the tiny but peaceful small French hamlet until “Angus The Mad Ape” gets a hold of the newly developed (Electric Hydrogen French Ray Space Gun} (The Libitour). All liquored up on high on he kings finest wine and very angry, Angus now proves to be a major threat and he thinks he is French, he is believed to be of Irish origins. So stay tuned to the up coming short film “Supermen’s Staten Island Journey” to see what happens with “Angus The Ape” and much more. (An outtake from short film still in the works}
This is a series of “Metallic Hot air Balloon Sculptures”. believed to have been presented To the King around 1712. He was a lover of art dance and music. These were created By several artisans and craftsmen of that period. It has been said that king Louie dad them placed all around his summer palace. It turns out that the king was a very strong lover of flight and was simply amaze with these art pieces!
XIV, France's Sun King A lover of Flight and strong Supporter of the Arts (1643-1715) The towns people simply loved this series “Metallic Hot Air Balloon Sculptures”. They pleaded with the king to make them public and put them on display. But try as he could the king could simply could not find a venue in which to display these fine works of art. Frustrated and some what angered he had them all melted down and turned them into armaments.The townsfolk were hearts broken when this information was leaked out.
“The Bonaparte Diving Helmet” French 1836 This was an advancement on the English Brenton Diving helmet of 1832 in that this design was the first attempt at a re-breathing apparatus. This was also combined with a hydrogen feed giving the diver a mixture of both gases oxygen and hydrogen in an attempt to avoid the Bends. This design meet with limited success. This helmet was able to achieve depths of over three hundred feet but he divers still complained of diving pains when coming up to the surface . The Bonaparte Helmet sculpture measures 18 “ high and 24 ” wide Its is composed from steel iron and brass and weighs twenty four pounds This is two in “the Antique Diving Helmet Hard Hat’s Sculpture Series” ,number three should surface off the shores of South Beach, God permitting and weather willing at the end of this month.
Starting to organize my images, there are many to choose from. Trying to make sense of the almost daily output trying to gather all underone roof. “Milton Glazer” is right art is work but its kind of fun.
The Jupiter Three Stage Laser Ray Gun Just discovered on the surface of Jupiter this strange weapon was simply laying on its side on Jupiter’s surface in the sand. At first this odd device appears to be Middle Eastern and very old in both design as well as in its craftsmanship. But on closer inspection the internal workings of this what appears to be a three-stage laser ray gun are extremely advanced in their design. Much beyond our current uses of Lazers and very advanced in its use of accelerated ray projections. Several universities as well as MIT in Boston have been clamoring for a look-see at this amazing find. But the US Military as put a complete lock down on it and its whereabouts until further tests can be conducted. Until that time no further information will be made adviable to the public concerning this amazing discovery and what it is capable of doing. Of particular interest to the military is the small pop crystal aiming sight set in the rear of the weapon. This small crystal provides a mini heads up optical display showing distance, velocity, and windage for the required shot. This represents a major step up in the development of future space side arms This strange device has been nicknamed “The Jupetra”in recognition of the planet Jupiter where it was discovered. Look for this strange side arm to appear in the up and coming short film on CTV this fall In “Superman’s Staten Island Journey”. Its “Shanghi Hells Cats” favorite weapon she says it simply Purrrr-fect!
Sulpture, Pad, Pencil, Paper, Computer, Tales The process from pad to paper and then to computer is now almost a daily occurrence in my art workday. Ideas seem to swirl around my minds eye and I grab for these tools in sort of this order in an effort as not to lose these precious thoughts. This mix is then given several cups of rather strong coffee and in the quiet of the early morning hours ideas begin to take shape .The words come to mind as the sculptures begin to take shape in the studio. It’s kind of like the art pieces begin to talk me and weave their very visual indivual tales. Its quite an enjoyable process and its somewhat child like in that its sort of like creating toys or playing with things that seem to make me happy. A Steam Powered Art Factory official stamp is then placed on the computer printout after the Factory editor has read and spell checked the story, Then this indivual tale can be filed in the Factory’s vast and ever growing story inventory.
The Totenville Evening Express # 422 Staten Island 1862 On a cold and snowy night deep in the heart of the winter of 1862 Tom Callaghan the engineer was at the Wheel of locomotive number four twenty two steaming at top throttle towards to Saint George. Tom was a powerful and very frugal man and he did not like to waste either coal or steam. It has been said that if he could not see you through the fog or snow he simply would not stop his mighty engine for fear of wasting both time or fuel. Tom was not a drinking man but he was known to take a nip on a cold night, to ward off the chill, as he was fond of saying. It should be made clear here that it was not drink that gave Thomas his drive, but rather his rather tuff upbringing the third of a family of six. Tom was raised on the south shore of Staten Island .His father was a police office and his mother was a stay at home mom. However as complaints started to come in from passengers on the platform that he simply passed by on these occasions’ passengers started to take matters into own hands. It has been reported that on very cold snowy nights passengers would take too rolling up newspapers setting them on fire and waving them at the oncoming locomotive in an effort for it to stop. This generally worked and they were able to make their ferryboats on time. Whether this is true or false this tale has been handed down to me from grandfather to father and now from me and to you, we are rather fond of this tale and consider it a bit of Staten Island folklore. This Spollen recent classic sculpture proudly stands some twenty inches high and is thirty-four inches long. Constructed entirely from iron, steel and hard woods then finished in extra strength two-part epoxy. A bold statement in both re-cronstruvisim and imagination this guy is worth following for sure. “ Bill Franklin” Art Critic NYC and Art collector since 1971
Depicted here is Captain Leonard Jacobs holding a nearly completed scale model of the now famous Tesla Electric Submarine {portrayed here by Tracy White} August 30 1928 Long Island New York.
Conducting Screen Test’s with the Chinese Hellcat for her movie debut {Currently shooting both still and some video tests} Playing with moving images and composition.
“Steel Sea Fantasy” You should have seen the one that got away The Chinese seem to really enjoy fish So it’s back to the beach for me! We are proud to announce here that this fish designed and made in America in fact made right here on Staten Island. Created from materials gathered from various places here and there in and around our small but quite beautiful island shorelines.
Finally been able to get back to a project that has been on the back burner for a long time now "Tales from a Re-Imagined Past". Story’s and Art By Chris Spollen Tales of Action, Adventure, and Intrigue all set in a distant past, but wait it’s a past that has yet to be or as you might say a" Re-Imagined Past!"
Heavy Heads
The “Heavy Heads Series” Recent Sculptures by Chris Spollen
Eight Semi Robotic Alien Spaces Heads depicting, Gods, Over Seaers, and Strange Deities loosely based on the on the Politian’s, Priests and Leaders of our current world
The word is getting outside of the factory, the new sculpture’s are near completion
“Re-Breather Level Ten”. From Galaxy as of yet unknown, found at the crash site of an ancient flying saucer. A level ten re-breather capable of breathing in ten atmospheric pressure levels and still able to function, think process information, and preform duties.
“The Joyful Head”, a sythinzer of sound capable of music in over one hundred languages, a sort of onboard entertainment center. This head reveals a roundness of full sound and a provider of well being for the crews on long journeys that all have come to enjoy.
#4 The Communicator” the translator of information and dissemination of that information. A sort of onboard computer for updates as to time, location and, climate. He chatters out reports and logistics at a very high rate of speed very loud and repeats information on over and over. Eventually the listener perceives the information as truth in that it has been stated so many times.
And the word has gone out as a proclamation that the “Heavy Head Series” is now completed”. Hand pressed parchment prints of been pasted glued and posted all over the kingdom. Acknowledging the names of each and working description of each Head .The final information as of yet about an actual show and actual sculptures has yet to be announced. The townsfolk are patiently waiting await a response as the when and where this fine art will nailed up and be displayed.
“The High Priest” ruler of the heavens a spiritual a speaker of truths both known and unknown the purveyor of divine wisdom he is the no all and be all of cosmic and divine wisdom. The processor of massive amounts of pure electric energy given power to him by contributions daily from his massive amounts of followers who worship his every sermon. A techno evangelist who appreciates your every contribution from you his devoted followers. A glowing beacon of hopes his massage pulsating to you though your very own monitor.
“Lord Governor”, A sort of cosmic lawyer, a keeper of the laws a processor of the written and unwritten rules, a high symbol to worship and above all to obey. A symbol of what is right and a guide a ruler an example of the path to righteousness. He is beyond corruption he is a true leader he bends to none and protects the innocent and purges the rich and the corrupt
“The Inspector”, an all attention to details head with the eyes of the spaceship in terms of the devil being in the details. A watchful overseer to all hands onboard the ship. A purveyor of the midshipmen wisdom in that no detail goes unnoticed or unseen. The Inspector leaves no stone unturned in his all present watchful gaze, and recording of the crews performance.
“Intel Bot”, A communications and navigations system’s analyst a steady as she goes gyro, a bot who can operate in four dimensions and still keep the ship on an even keel. The intelgance of command updates, coordinates, dispatches, and weather all with in a stray flow on endless information.
“Alien Space Travler”, an aerobatic presence in the form of a now ancient past, and origins still unknown. A multi galaxy traveler with patterns and markings form a life form that is still cryptic to us. This head is now visible for us to explore and investigate ,its past, present and future the mystery is still to be resolved
Going Inward
Commander Cody’s Side Arm Sculpture: brass, steel, wood, and clear two-part epoxy Free standing space gun on removable base Dated around ninety fifty-two this space gun was used by the commander on many of his adventures. The 1950s science-fiction serial character, whose name is actually Commando Cody Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe Commando Cody was originally filmed as a twelve-part television series but union contract issues forced Republic to first exhibit it through regular movie theaters as a 12-part weekly serial. While the TV episodes build on each other in chronological order, the serial episodes lacked the traditional cliffhanger endings that characterized all previous serials. The Commander had a rather large impact on me as a small boy who sat glued to the small black and white television set each Saturday morning watching with great amazement every move every adventure.
“THE HOVER 47” PROTYPE A HAND HELD “STEAM POPPER” Few people realize that the Hover Vacuum company based in North Canton, Ohio was actually investing in research and development of futuristic steam and gas powered hand held weapon alternatives. The first upright vacuum cleaner was invented in 1908 by Canton, Ohio department store janitor and occasional inventor James Murray Spangler (1848-1915). After refining the original design and obtaining a patent for the “Electric Suction Sweeper” he set about producing it himself, assisted by his son, who helped him assemble the machines, and his daughter, who assembled the dust bags. Production was slow, completing just 2-3 machines a week. In his spare time Spangler experimented with steam and gas propelled weapon designs. Featured here is the “Hover Steam Popper” a three shot hand held fully automatic handgun. Its has been reported the Henry Ford was very much interested in the design and was considering manufacturing it himself Spangler passed before this could happen.
“Winter WORK” February 2016 Fabricating and Fantasizing This has been a rather cold winter with temperatures between zero and three degrees and winds of over thirty-five miles and hour. All my life I have wanted a studio of my own a place to think and work and now I have it, a modest one-car garage with electricity and running water. It has a little heat not much but a pair of recycled “Hugs” with redesigned two-inch soles a down vest with and the addition of a wool scarf does the trick quite nicely. A place of solace to retreat too far from the madding world a place to think tinker and create. One would be amazed at what has produced in this small and modest environment. Shown here is a new flyer under development in the studio, this is a daily occurrence and comes together over a series of days the early morning hours they are the best for its a good a time for thinking. The quiet hours of the new day provide a tranquil flow of creativity and thought. Add to this mix a strong brew of chockfull of nuts coffee no sugar and a little half and half and you have attained a state of pure bliss “Allah’s Chocolate”. And did I mention the large twenty-six ounce metal can that this wonderful exlexer comes in it is excellent source of material for recycling when one is involved in the almost steady production of free standing metal robots.
I startled a morning Blue Back Manta Ray sunning its self in the warm mornings early spring sunlight. Once it spotted me approaching it quickly jumped off the pilings and swam towards New Jersey and in a wink disappeared into the deep bay waters never to be spotted again. {Metal, wood, and epoxy sculpture. Measuring here foot long by two foot wide}
Morning Manta Ray Spotted recently on a cool and quiet spring morning at Dongan Hills beach in Staten Island New York (Iron, and wood and epoxy sculpture)
Finally able to get the word out now that the series is finally completed We are joyfully spreading the word out and about town (Eight flying machines composed of steel, brass, and wood, all relief sculptures All eight measuring about a foot and one half high and a half-foot wide}
Here is two of eight designs believed to have been presented to Louis XIV [1638 September 1715}, known as Louis the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil) as possible court commissioned royal flying balloon prototypes. It is still unknown weather these were actual flying deign prototypes or simply fantasy works of art or mere simple whimsy. Louis during his command invited manufacturers and artisans from all over Europe to France, such as Murano glassmakers, Swedish ironworkers, and Dutch shipbuilders. In this way, he aimed to decrease foreign imports while increasing French exports, hence reducing the net outflow of precious metals from France. So he was known to have been a passionate patron of the arts as well, and these eight designs may have in fact been actually commissioned by Louis XIV. These designs were far more decorative then were practical, but they were beloved by royal court when Louis XIV put on them display at the palace.
A side arm believed to have been developed and used by Dr.Zarkov along with is partner and best friend Flash Gordon. Dr. Hans Zarkov was a fictional character appearing in the Flash Gordon comic strip and the following serials, films, television shows and comic books. Zarkov was a brilliant scientist who created amazing rocket ships and forced Flash and Dale Arden to come with him to the planet Mongo, and fight against Ming the Merciless. People often talk about the suspension of belief, no problem here I was literally hanging out with Dr. Hans Zarkov on all his adventures. But I might also add here I was ten that helps a bit. As a small rather impressionable boy I was simply taken away I loved it, especially the rocketships!
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