Museum Quality Articulated Toy Robots & Robot Photography
December 15 through January 18
Why, you may ask, is the Studio having an exhibit of robots--both figurines and photography? Because these are not your run of the mill robots; these robots are made primarily from bike parts. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your old bike components when you discard them, now is your chance to find out. But don’t dillydally; we only have these bots for a few weeks. And, all the items are for sale; the won't be around for long!
About the Artist
Skunk grew up in Maine. He moved to Boston in 1992, where he quickly found his way into the trade of making all things bicycle frame, with a fondness for TIG welding titanium and steel. This quickly led to all manners of trouble, such as forming the galactically infamous nerd gang known as SCUL, and running a robot-orphanage out of his friend’s garage.
When Skunk photographs the articulated robots they often surprise him: their broad range of personalities often aren’t revealed until the shoot. Subtle coyness, confident strength, utter surprise, and boisterous joy can emerge from the same figure.
Having the robots poseable allows the viewer to have an experience normally reserved for the creator of the piece. As with art, a toy should be an invitation for your imagination. Skunk seeks to coalesce the two in an attempt to create the greatest art-toys in the world, each with a unique individuality, and to make them strong enough to endure adventures for hundreds of years.
Aside from some hardware for the joints and the polyurethane coating, these robots are made from 100% repurposed material. Parts are mostly from bicycles, particularly coaster brake hubs and three-speed hubs, with the occasional irresistible random piece of steel from a typewriter or something-or-other.
Skunk shoots with a Nikon D90 with a Speedlight flash triggering two remote flash units, using a 14-foot movie projector screen for a backdrop. The reflectiveness of the screen creates a perfect washed-out background, allowing the crisp details and subtle hues of the machinery to emerge. The images are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic paper.
Don’t miss this exhibit. Stop by anytime before January 18 to check out, and articulate, these one of a kind robots.
Not enough for you? Skunk also has some incredible robots at 13 Forest Gallery; they are right down Mass Ave. near Arlington center. Definitely stop by their studio to see more of Skunk's amazing work. Each piece is unique and worth a long and longing look or two.