Q&A

Facts and Stuff

When did you start making Kinetic Sculpture work?
Back in 1986 I was living and working in Fort Point, an industrial loft district in South Boston. Exploring the area, I had been picking up odds and ends; pieces from abandoned vehicles, scrap that had fallen off trucks, parts found in the street and decided to start making small toy-like objects. I started making small figures and vehicles and later became interested in creating lamps and motorized pieces.

Where do you get your parts?
Over the past 20 years I’ve accumulated alot of stuff! I still live in an industrial area so I’m always finding things on the street. In addition I go to flea markets, yard sales, goodwill and estate sales. My electronic parts come from old toys, computers and video games.

Where did you learn to create mechanisms?
My dad is a scientist and inventor, we used to build machines out of junk and old toys when I was growing up, so I developed an ease of creating mechanisms on my own.

How do you create your work?
I do very little sketching before beginning a piece. I usually start with an idea about motion and progress from there by finding objects and forms that best fit together. Often one sculpture inspires the next, and I’ll build a series with related functions, such as a line of penny banks or a series of pencil dispensers.

How can I own your work?
All the pieces marked “available” are for sale, if you’re interested in owning a piece feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I accept paypal, check and money orders for payment, prices are indicated in the description window for each piece.

What about Animation?
Both of these forms are about movement and time, one reason I’m drawn to Animation and Kinetic Sculpture. It’s interesting that many kinetic sculptors have also created animation. Two of my favorite artists who work both forms are Len Lye and Robert Breer

The video below is a short documentary by Filmmaker Chris Engles where I talk about making my work.