Press Release | “Steampunkinetics”

“Steampunkinetics”
Artist’s Reception: June 23rd, 6-8 pm
Exhibition: June 23 – September 2

Steampunk ClockAFA and Steampuffin are pleased to present “Steampunkinetics,” an exhibition of over forty kinetic sculptures by eighteen artists inspired by and entrenched in the Steampunk aesthetic. Some functional, some frivolous, and all fantastical, the works in this exhibition include lighting, furniture, time machines, submarines, airships, musical instruments, gizmos and gadgets. At the centerpiece of the show is the “Steampunk Wedding Time Capsule,” by Bruce Rosenbaum and Gary Sullivan, an extraordinary, functional work of art designed to enrich its owner’s day-to-day life. Mementos can be added to the antique clock at the time of purchase and annually. The capsule can then be opened at a time and date (25-year wedding anniversary? 100 years in the future?) set by the family revealing a lifetime, or several generations, of history, happiness, heartache and home. In this way the “Steampunk Wedding Time Capsule” captures and celebrates the beauty, romance, nostalgia, novelty and inventiveness at the core of Steampunk.

An emerging art movement, a creative design solution, a community and a culture; Steampunk is part philosophy and part Victorian Industrial aesthetic. It is a re-imagining of two distinct time periods and the fanciful and functional inventions that are produced. What if the Victorian or Industrial age happened at the same time as our modern or information age – what would have been produced in inventions, innovations, art and gadgets? That is Steampunk.

“Steampunkinetics” includes works by Tanya Clarke, Chris Conte, Eric Freitas, Josh Kinsey, Pierre Matter, Chris Osborne, Steve LaRiccia, Bruce Rosenbaum, Mark Eliot Schwabe, Wayne Strattman, Gary Sullivan, Roger Wood, Dale Mathis, Alan Rorie, Doug Meyer, Thomas Truax, Thomas Willeford, Bud Scheffel and Russel Anderson.

Travel back in time, celebrate the present and re-imagine the future with us at the opening reception for “Steampunkinetics,” June 23, 6-8 pm. The receptions are free and open to the public. RSVP is requested to rsvp@afanyc.com.

Founded by artists, curators and Steampunk royalty Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum, Steampuffin’s mission is to promote the unique movement of Steampunk art in galleries and museums throughout the world and to educate the public about its history and design by supporting and representing a group of impassioned and fiercely talented Steampunk artists. For more information about Steampuffin and Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum, go to www.steampuffin.com.

IMAGE: Bruce Rosenbaum and Gary Sullivan, “Steampunk Wedding Time Capsule,” 2012, mixed media with antique grandfather clock, 100″ x 24″ x 13″


 

A landmark gallery in SoHo since 1984, AFA exhibits wildly imaginative artworks, created with unique vision and exceptional skill that indulge the senses and engage the emotions with layers of symbolism and dark complexity. The gallery is located at 54 Greene Street (corner of Broome Street). Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sundays 11am – 6pm. To request more information or images contact Heidi Leigh at heidi@AFA.com or 212.226.7374.