Just a reminder–the Fobot Store will be reopening for business at 3pm EDT today, November 2. This year, thanks in part to Phil’s double knee replacement which kept us out of shows in September & October, we have a record 130 items available! So many, in fact, that they don’t all fit on the first page of the site. So–you’ll want to click one of the “Category” buttons on the right side of the shopping cart page to see them all. Also new this year–bots have been arranged alphabetically, to help you find them more easily. And don’t forget–if the one you had your heart set on sells before you can get to it, let me know, and I’ll see if I can make you one similar. Enjoy!
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Couldn’t make up your mind when faced with the pressure of selecting the perfect FOBOT at one of the art fairs we participated in this year? Want to add to your FOBOT family? Starting at 3pm Eastern Time on Saturday, November 2, we’ll have a new crop of over 90 bots (plus calendars and babybots) up for sale on the website!
For years I’ve been joking, “Not only can’t I jury in to any art festival sponsored by an art museum, I can’t jury in to any show within five MILES of an art museum”. It’s kind of true, though–jurors at museum sponsored shows tend to be thoughtful academics, selecting art that they may like but which has the average person scratching their head and going “What the hell is it?” And did I tell you we just won the first annual People’s Choice Award at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver? What people like and what critics like are two entirely different animals. And that’s totally OK with me.
Which is why I think it’s hysterical that five Fobots are currently on display at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala FL. Yup, the guys pictured above (from left, Rocco Rolls, Prima, Buzzbee Berkeley, Tom Foolery, and Speed Bump) are at this very moment making people laugh at the “Art of the Robot” exhibit until September 22, 2013. And they’re surrounded by some really cool robot paintings and sculpture from artists across the country. If you want to know more, visit www.appletonmuseum.org/exhibits/current/ or see the show catalog at www.appletonmuseum.org/pdf/ArtRobot%20Brochure%20final.pdf . Or go visit, if you’re in the area. ‘Cause I’m pretty sure this is not the kind of exhibit where you’ll be kicked out for laughing or having a too good a time.
It’s official–I have (a) become world famous in Raleigh, and (b) bored all my friends to death on the Fobot Facebook page talking about this. So now I’m going to bore YOU for a while.
Several months ago, by purest coincidence, I saw an article in the paper calling for artists to submit designs to be wrapped around Raleigh city buses. I thought “What the heck–could be fun seeing five foot tall Fobots rolling around the city”, so I entered the competition. I didn’t tell ANYONE–not even Phil–because I didn’t want anyone but myself to be disappointed if I didn’t get picked. But as you can see from the snapshot above (photo credit Kim Curry-Evans) the powers that be had a sense of humor, and my design was one of twelve selected for the project. My plan was to take Phil and some friends to the big unveiling next weekend at Artsplosure and just casually say “Will you look at that bus! Giant Fobots on both sides–how did that happen?”, but they started rolling them out last week and I didn’t think the surprise would keep. Or maybe it would have–I still haven’t seen it yet. But when I do, I’ll post more pictures. I’m so proud of my little guys. Little did I know that when I sent them out to conquer the world, they’d be taking the bus.
Update–finally got to see the “Fobus” in person this weekend, so here are the pictures I promised:
An open letter to the anonymous “XYZ”, who sent me a link to the website of another person making robots from found objects:
Yes, I am very familiar with the artist in question. We met a couple of times in St. Louis, have corresponded on several occasions, and she has purchased two Fobots from me. I have no problem with her making found object robots. She is not copying my designs, and she seems like a lovely person. I did have an issue in the past with someone who was attempting to copy my designs EXACTLY–I think we can all agree that that is wrong. But there are a number of people making work similar to mine now–I guess that’s just the price of success. Good luck to them. In the meantime, I will continue to try and create the most innovative designs I can, using the coolest materials I can find, putting them together as sturdily as possible, and letting the public decide which ones they want.
…and here we are, 24 hours later, with a studio that, if not exactly clinical in its cleanliness and order, at least won’t get me on an episode of “Hoarders”. And to all the people yesterday who said it didn’t look THAT bad, and I should just revel in the chaos, let me say that disorder can be a good thing, but when it gets in the way of productivity and moves into the realm of health hazard, it’s time to clean.
Now–time to mess it up…
Hey kids! iIt’s time for the second annual Studio Shame-A-Thon! Here’s how it works: I’m posting pictures of the current state of disaster in the Fobotorium, and in 24 hours, I will have to post pictures of it all cleaned up and organized or be FOREVER SHAMED.
A few tips if you want to conduct your own Shame-A-Thon:
1. Do it on a dreary, rainy, cold day, so you won’t have all of Mother nature distracting you. CHECK.
2. Get a good recorded book to listen to to make the time past more quickly. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, about Hemingway and his first wife during the Paris years. CHECK.
3. Have an even worse task in mind that you really should be doing, so that this will seem like fun in comparison. Deciphering all the mailing list names and email addresses from the last two shows and entering them into the database. CHECK.
If you don’t hear from me by noon tomorrow, send out a search party, ’cause I’m buried under an avalanche of junk. Oh, and don’t let the patches of bare wood floor fool you–the wide angle lens makes them seem bigger than they are.