R O BOT ART of the 06 . 22 . 13 – 09 . 22 . 13 4333 East Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470-5001 352.291.4455 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday, Noon - 5 pm Reprinted by permission from OnViewMagazine.com R O BOT ART of the 06 . 22 . 13 – 09 . 22 . 13 Brian Despain, The Escape, oil on wood panel, 16 x 20” despainart.com
of the R O B at the APPLETON MUSEUM of ART College of Central Florida, Ocala 06 . 22 . 13 – 09 . 22 . 13 w w w . a p p l e t o n m u s e u m . o r g ART BOT Pictured (left and below): Amy Flynn, Prima : FOBOT, mixed media; and Fernando : FOBOT, mixed media O n V i e w M a g a z i n e . c O M • J u l y / S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 3
4 O n V i e w M a g a z i n e . c O M • J u l y / S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 A Art of the Robot ART AND SCIENCE FICTION collide in Art of the Robot at the Apple- ton Museum of Art. The Museum’s new summer show is sure to provide inspi- ration and enjoyment for all ages as it celebrates our fascination with robots and the enduring impact they have on our imagination. See robot inspired cre- ations in all mediums, shapes and sizes, marvel at their design, and engage in their stories in this spectacle of robot force, on view through September 22nd. The exhibit also features a Create Your Own Robot area and a special Robot Family Day is planned for Saturday, August 10th, from 10am to 4pm. “People, of all ages, are fascinated with robots, the way they move, and the Will Wagenaar, GINNY – robot dog , found object assemblage O n V i e w M a g a z i n e . c O M • J u l y / S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 5
materials they are made of,” says the Appleton’s Director, Cindi Morrison. “My hope is the exhibit will inform, inspire and reinforce the concept that robots have been, and will always be, a part of human his- tory, and have become a popu- lar mode of expression for art- ists confronting fundamental issues and contradictions in our advanced industrial culture.” Early examples of robot- ic art and theater existed in ancient China as far back as the Han Dynasty (third century BC), with the development of a mechanical orchestra, and other devices such as mechani- cal toys. These included flying automatons, mechanized doves and fish, angels and dragons, and automated cup-bearers— all hydraulically actuated for the amusement of Emperors by engineer-craftspeople whose names have mostly been lost to history. Robots, like Rosie in The Jetsons , can be auton- omous or semi-autonomous and range from humanoids to industrial robots, collectively programmed ‘swarm’ robots, and, as in the Star Trek series, be as small as microscopic nano robots. Artists use their artwork to reflect the world around them, so it is only natural to find that robots have become a part of the reflection. Each of the art- ists invited to participate in this exhibit has a unique way of portraying their robot creations through paintings, prints, found object sculptures, photographs and other materials. The Art of the Robot exhibit features works by 14 artists from 7 dif- ferent states and Florida, and include: Mark Brown, East- hampton, MA; CyberCraft Robots, St. Petersburg, FL;
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