September 20, 2017

Odd Beauty: The Techno-Eccentric World Of Steampunk

Artwork by Sam Van Olffen. (click for larger version)
Southampton Arts Center presents "Odd Beauty: The Techno-Eccentric World Of Steampunk," curated by fellow Steampunk artist Art Donovan. The show promises the most ambitious international Steampunk exhibition in years. The exhibit made its premiere at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science in 2009 and later at South Korea's Seoul National Museum in 2014.

Over the past 10 years Steampunk has grown globally, influencing virtually every form of the visual arts and design. What gives this art form its identity? It's the artists' visual and cultural fascination with mechanical, gear-driven technologies of the past. The art form garners its influences from the 19th century Victorian Era, but also grabs inspiration from as far back as the mechanical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and the locomotives of Raymond Lowey.

"This unique exhibition gives me the opportunity to feature true steampunk art by the finest creators in the genre -- those artists who invented and continue to define the style with their unique vision," stated Donovan.

This exhibition presents works from some of the most renowned Steampunk artists and designers today. Along with Donovan, artists include Tom Banwell, David Barnett, Mike Cochran, Ian Crichton, Dave Duros, Steve Erenberg, Cameron Forrest, Paige Gardner, Eric Freitas, Vianney Halter, Steve La Riccia, Vincent Mattina, Sam van Olffen, Clayton Orehek, Daniel Proulx, Saxon Reynolds, Filip Sawczuk, Todd Sloane, and Stephan J. Smith.

The exhibition will open on Friday with a reception that is open to the public on Saturday from 5 to 7 PM. The show concludes on November 12.

Throughout the exhibition talks, films, and live music will take place. On Saturday, October 7, enjoy a day with Paige Gardner, Steampunk costume maker, from noon to 5 PM followed by a talk with the artists. On Sunday, October 8, there will be a gallery tour with Donovan at 1 PM.

The film Tower to the People - Tesla's Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues will be screened on Friday, October 13, at 7 PM. On Sunday, October 15, at 6 PM attendees can enjoy a live musical performance and talk with Thomas Dolby in She Blinded Me With Science.

For more info visit www.southamptonartscenter.org.


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