Thursday, December 15, 2016

OUTSIDE: Automata with Tom Haney

Before robot was automata. Ancient romans and before greeks, used the word Automata to describe machines, movements, stunts.
In our times Tom Haney from Atlanta, is an artist who express himself and his art with automata.

Contraption - 2009 - Tom Haney

He says about himself:

"Having never wanted to be pigeonholed as an artist, I’ve sought to do unique works that combined many varied methods. Initially, I started with woodcarving - practically a lost art in our world­ - a tradition people have been using for centuries to tell their stories. Since any kind of mechanical movement has always been a fascination of mine, to combine this with figurative carvings became irresistibly compelling. Eventually I learned about automata, “a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being”, an ancient pursuit more thoroughly developed in the 13th – 19th centuries mostly in Europe but also in Asia. The work I create today is a modern offshoot of the time-honored Old World tradition of automata."

Check out his work on his site or on youtube


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