by Sam Davis
My object-oriented work began as prop making for photographs and explores both playful notions of ill-designed robots struggling to accomplish even the most basic tasks and at the same time serve as a self-portrait. Originally the squarish design of the robot was meant to emulate the act of wearing a cardboard box as a child.The transformative moment of “now you’re a robot” followed by the inevitable-falling down. Arms and legs too short and always falling down, always getting up. Viewers tend to find a kinship with this robot that loves flowers and shiny things but can never bend over to pick them up. Often finding himself “turtled” and watching clouds or sitting, rusting, for long periods of time when he is simply just not compelled to move.
For Shape Theory, I am sending the first of an edition of “gembots” based on the term “industrial gemstones”. Always fascinated by the use of “gemstones” in industry I wanted to make a series of lab-grown, gem-like robots flawed and relegated to dangerous endeavors and exploration.
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