#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 4th, 2013 22:51
#2 By: Phasma Felis, December 5th, 2013 01:27
The first Roger Wood piece I saw was one of his dome clocks, and I never really got over my disappointment at realizing that it wasn't a gloriously overcomplicated clockwork timepiece, but only an off-the-shelf electric clock with a bunch of random brass bits attached to it.
I like steampunk as an aesthetic, but the "glue a bunch of gears to a common item" approach just seems lazy to me.
#4 By: Paul Renault, December 5th, 2013 08:30
I came here to say "Cargo Cult", but you already covered my talking points.
#5 By: James Robertson, December 5th, 2013 09:16
This Steampunk crap again. Vacuum tube? Check. Analog gauge? Check. Candlestick holder for a barrel? Che... wait, what?
#6 By: Art Donovan, December 5th, 2013 10:11
In defense of Mr. Wood and his work, he creates thoroughly unique, very well designed and evocative pieces. He also has a massive catalog of sculptures to his credit.
Technically labeled under "assemblage art" but appealing to Steampunk enthusiasts very early on. He certainly did not recently "jump in" on a current genre, as his works have been actively collected and copied the world over.
#7 By: Cris_Overlord, December 5th, 2013 10:38
"assemblege art" only works for me, if the parts used are not instantly recognizable. In this case my first thought is.. "oh..candlestick" which to me is no different than my reaction being "oh...spray painted nerf gun".
#8 By: Art Donovan, December 5th, 2013 13:23
@Chris. Yes, I get what you're saying. However, in my own personal opinion, Wood uses these recognizable parts to create something wholly different. His final pieces artfully transcend the individual components.
That gobbledygook-gook said, I'm really just a very big fan of his work anyway.
#9 By: Cory Doctorow, December 9th, 2013 22:48
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