Chris Spollen
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Art & Fantasy
"The Shanghi Hellcat" first presented “The Trains and Track Series” on stage in the Hailstorm Theater England in 1904. The crowd loved the sculptures so very much as they were slowly brought onto the stage one by one cheers and yells were heard throughout the hall. So for 2017 we are bringing back by popular demand once again a new series of sculpture’s entitled “Trains and Tracks”.
“The Trains and Tracks” Sculpture Series continue Fully formed and freestanding train sculptures made for bits and pieces of almost anything and everything I can find a get my hands on. Metal, wood, steel, and an occasional stone or two.
"Old Faithful" at the Willimantic Linen Co Old faithful would always take you up to the factory and back; Old and slow but she was always faithful Always got you they’re and back no matter what.
The Aluminum Streamliner Locomotive 1938 A streamliner is a vehicle incorporating streamlining in a shape providing reduced air resistance. The term is applied to high-speed railway trains of the 1930s to 1950s, and to their successor "bullet trains". Less commonly, the term is applied to fully faired recumbent bicycles! This is a rather large piece measuring over three-foot across and a foot and a half high. Bigger to make and a bit heavier to carry to locations but so much fun to make what can I say its train time! This is an all metal and some hard wood construction with various diverse materials and components some salvaged and some simply recycled.
My wife and I were invited to show some our recent work at the local JCC Center. Much to our surprise several pieces have taken flight, and flown away much to my amazement. Yes the membership purchased several of our pieces and they seemed to be very happy fans simply amazing!!!
Make It!
Make it! Think it! Sketch it! Ink it! Make it! “The Steam Powered Art Factory” is under full production mode these days Work continues on a second new series “Trains-Track’s”, metal, wood, steel, and an occisional stone or two. Fully formed freestanding train sculptures made for bits and pieces of almost anything and everything I can find a get my hands on. These new pieces of art are approximately three foot in width and approximately two and a half foot high. They are getting heavier, so the trains are made to be removed from the tracks for ease of transport. The current piece jut completed is titled “Heart Brake Rail “
Greener Pastures If profits continue to rise might be looking to expand the Company to greener pastures
Another piece form my ongoing series of "Work –Boats"“, The Brooklyn Bay Boiler”
Morning Flight,”Dawn Patrol”
The Da Vinci Flyer #6 Florence Italy1464 This design is thought to have been a far more of a decorative piece then a practical flight concept design. This one it is believed to have been a rather decorative art piece rather then a true mechanical study of a flying machine. This could possibly be an early example of Leonardo’s playfulness. Its possible he was also trying to get the church and in particular the then archbishop interested in his work hence the eloarbete enbilismnet and complex shapes. The peculiar piece was discovered in the home of the Medici family in Florence.
Georges Méliès: A Trip to the Moon (1902) How could one not resist the making of his rockeship And a special shout out to Vincent Di Fate who gave me this summer a copy of the eighteen-minute 1902 French film Simply amazing! This sculpture is a freestanding two-foot high rocket ship. Composed of both steel and wood it has a bit of a Victorian flavor
A Forgotten Past
A Now Forgotten Pats (Work and Boats} This is a current series of semi relief sculpture that I have now been working on an off.
A once proud fishing workboat she now sits idle on the shoreline. An all-wooden marvel in her time she was once considered the pride of the fleet. She now sits silently on the shoreline her once proud wooden hull slowly deteriorating in the midday sun. A forgotten piece now of an almost forgotten time once a way of life for the fishing folks along the islands small but very fertile short line.
A Now Forgotten Past {old tools} As we trade in our father’s old tools for more and more powerful smart phones and even more powerful new apps. I wonder are we truly getting smarter or are we now getting softer.
Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (Mementos from a Parallel Universe) A Dr. Dr. Zarkov designed side arm a four shot blaster classic for his partner Flash Gordon’s protection. Composed off brass, steel, and oak this is a classic ray gun for sure ray gun for sure. Dated around ninteen twenty-eight, found on a Hollywood California back lot. A true collectors item this sculpture is composed of steel brass and oak. It sits very proudly on its space deck removable base and measure’s a foot and a half wide by a foot in height.
The Lord James Flyer 1784 British Folk Art {Art from a Parallel world} A most popular piece of early English folk art dated around 1788. The Lord James piece was a much produced in various sizes and proudly hung reproduction art piece. It could be found in both pubs and homes in and around England. It was mass produced piece inexpensively created from cast pewter molds and combined with inexpensive poplar or pine wood pieces. It was a very much prized art piece and was a welcome treat inside many British estates. This is a Lord James Flyer piece oddly spotted in France recently hanging outside a now defunct French brothel named the “Le Femenick De Pleasure Parlor”.
The Moon Rocket Ship {Art from a parallel world series} A stainless steel and silver-plated hand crafted Rocket Ship a Victorian Fantasy piece, believed to be from the Victorian Era England. A very much Jules Verne inspired table display art centerpiece. {Jules Verne February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. A very much coveted centerpiece display of the then financially well off within in the newly emerging middle class of England. This was a result of the industrial era boom in earning as well as leisure time and the distribution of new wealth to the then new middle class. {The Industrial Era anew manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840} Most likely made by the leading metal smiths and jewelry makers of the day. This is a rather large piece a free of standing art its three foot high and foot and half wide an all metal center piece
Living in a Parallel Universe
So I might have spoken a little to the Russians, whatever!
Special thanks to Rick Schneider and the Norman Rockwell Museum for the wonderful post on their website of my artistic journey and work here is the link:
The Nautilus 2 1886 Ash and Campbell constructed their craft, the Nautilus 2, in 1886. It was 60 feet long with a 9.7 kW (13 hp) engine powered by 52 batteries. The Nautilus went for some trials at the Tilburg docks it was an advanced design for the time, but became stuck in the mud during trials and was discontinued This is the “Nautilus 2” sitting at the Tilburg’s Dry Dock England. If you look very closely you can see the two designers Ash and Campbell inside the portholes. This is a rather large sculpture in that it measures over three feet across and two foot in height. Composed from single cast aluminum pillet and this is combined with steel, brass parts, and some hard woods.
Fantasy French Ray Guns 1936 Two prototypes for a 1936 French production of the movie “The Race to Le Moon” These are two very detailed art pieces composed of cast metals and hard woods all hand made by local French craftsmen. Unfortunally the film never went into producton, the funds simply could not be found. It was to be a retro stop action and mixed live action film clips very much along the lines of the now famous French filmmaker Gaston Melees work.
Louis XIV The Sun king 1643 -1715 “Le Rocetship De Space Adventurer” This decorative art piece is thought to have been presented to him as a gift, knowing the kings love of the arts as well as flight. This rocket ship seems to have been influenced by early Chinese art and rocketry, and their experiments with their major invention of gunpowder. The King had his own personal gallery in the summer castle of both flying machines and very detailed hot air balloons. This sculpture is two foot high and is eighteen inches wide. Is is composed of fine metal pieces recycled from early American fine silverware as well as some hard woods.
“The Blue Steel” a Mechanical Blue Fish of Sorts Art based on concepts of utilizing materials and components from the post war American factories. Houses, Cars could be reconfigured to make and meet the demands of a post war growing American rebuild. I had the pleasure of attending a Buckminster Fuller lecture in the early seventies at Wagner College, I actually got to meet and shake his hand he seemed to vibrate with creativity. ( Just a footnote here he created the Dymaxion Car, as well as the Buckminster Dome) This piece is made in part from a discarded former military mess hall meat slicer. Quality US made steel as well as satinless steel. This sculpture measure three foot wide by eighteen inches high and is laminated with three coats of water-based varnish.
“Forties Fantasy Blaster” 1949 A forties hand held side arm space blaster that sits very proudly on a removable all metal base. Another piece for the parallel world collection most likely a prop from the Metro Golden Mayer vaults. This is a metal and wood sculpture it is a foot and a half wide by roughly a foot and a half high. The space pistol sits on a removable base and is for sure a piece of Sci- Fi cinematic history Lets go to the moon and deep into outer space with madmen, rocketships, and OMG female robots on board! ‘Life is Truly and Adventure’
“Quadra” The Warrior Queen Robot (Robots and Ray Guns and World Domination) Once again the quest to rule the world, total world domination is now within our grasp. After much work and many re-designs the prototype for the new head of the” High Princess” is now completed. “Quadra” the Queen of the warriors and working bots has been finally completed. The shop is now in fired up to a full steam mode as production goes to twenty-four seven. {This is an all-metal sculpture “Robot Head” that is two by two foot in size. A headpiece sculpture that is attached to a presentation metal base.}
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