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The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement

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The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation.  A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.  

 Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world.  The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK and have attracted the media attention of BoingBoing, one of the world’s largest blogs.  Their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, but every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator.  You will find that the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces.  Fully embracing Steampunk ideology, many have adopted a Victorian alter ego—a mad scientist persona to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork.

    The Art of Steampunk brings the vision of the Steampunk artist alive on the page, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre.

Book News Annotation:

Steampunk, an art and design movement, celebrates a time when technology was produced by independent inventors. Steampunk designers work their magic to transform antique machinery and natural materials of 19th century technology, such as brass, wood, and exposed gears, into mechanical sculptures, whimsical contraptions for imaginary characters, and decorations. Donovan, a steampunk artist and designer who specializes in custom lighting, recently curated the world's first museum exhibit of steampunk art at the University of Oxford's Museum of the History of Science. This book profiles the work of 17 artists and mad scientists from the exhibit, illustrating their creations with color photos on every page. Richard 'Datamancer' Nagy of California creates functional Victorian and Art Deco style computer hardware. Jos de Vink of the Netherlands makes decorative brass and bronze engines that can run off the warmth of the human hand. Donovan's Shiva Mandala incorporates a reproduction of a 13th-century Persian astrolabe. A foreword traces the creation of the exhibit and an introduction explains the roots and philosophy of steampunk. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

As presented by Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science, Steampunk is rooted inthe aestetics of Victorian technology. Yet it is not a nostalgic recreation of a vanished past: its deveices are both imaginative and contemporary. The Steampunk exhibition, curated by Art Donovan, revealed the many possible responses to Steampunk's characteristics preoccupation with the historical and the contemporary, the mechanical and the fanciful. In imagining a Victorian future that has not come to pass, Steampunk artists cast an oblique light ont he present. But their unrealized "futures" are more celebration than commentary. Steampunk revels in the ingenuity and absurdity of the mechanisms produced and the unqualified pleasure increation. It is only fitting that the world's first museum exhibition of genuine Steampunk art premiered at the Oxford University Museum of the History of Science, which houses the world's greatest collection of important scientific artifacts and devices. The popular Steampunk exhibition ran from October 2009 to February 2010, featured the work of 18 international Steampunk artists, and drew more than 70,000 visitors to the museum.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of Steampunk: a unique fantasy version of nineteenth century Victorian England imbued with today's technology, resulting in devices and contraptions that seem to have sprung from the mind of a mad twenty-first century scientist. The "steam" refers to steam power - as in fire-breathing machines of antique locomotion. The "punk" is an important reference to an outsider attitude. In The Art of Steampunk, you'll discover the captivating and dynamic world of this emerging genre through the creative vision of today's leading Steampunk artists, all featured in the world's first museum exhibit of Steampunk, held at The Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University in England. No longer satisfied with the plastic design of today's mass-produced products, these artists are crafting a romantic new standard for modern goods by applying the characteristics of Steampunk. Their artwork consists of everything from jewelry and watches to light fixtures and clocks, every piece demonstrating hours of painstaking work and unlimited devotion. You will find that many of the artists are as unique and colorful as their masterpieces, often adopting alter egos of Victorian mad scientists and world explorers, allowing themselves to become fully immersed int he imaginative and exciting world of Steampunk.

Synopsis:

Dive into the world of Steampunk where machines are functional pieces of art and the design is only as limited as the artist's imagination.

About the Author

Art Donovan is the owner of Donovan Design, a handmade lighting company with clients like Tiffany & Co, Bennetti Luxury Yachts, and Four Seasons Resorts. He also specializes in Steampunk-inspired lighting and artwork, and runs a blog devoted to the subculture at http://artdonovan.typepad.com/blog/. Hes also a regular contributor on The Steampunk Home blog, and was the curator of the Steampunk Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at The University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Prologue by Art Donovan

1: Amanda Scrivener

2: Art Donovan

3: Cliff Overton “Mad Uncle Cliff”

4: Daniel Proulx

5: Eric Freitas

6: Haruo Suekichi

7: Ian Crichton “Herr Doktor”

8: James Richardson Brown

9: Jesse Newhouse

10: Joey Marsocci “Dr. Grymm”

11: Jos De vink

12: Kris Kuksl

13: Molly “Porkshanks” Friedrich

14: Rich Nagy “Datamancer”

15: Stephane Halleux

16: Tom Banwell

17: Vianney Halter

Glossary/Index

Website Information/Where to find info on Steampunk?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565235731
Subtitle:
Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement
Publisher:
Fox Chapel Publishing
Author:
Donovan, Art
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Steampunk, Art, Lighting, Innovation, Clockworks, Victorian Style, Steam Punk, Distressed, Retro Revival, Old-fashioned, Renaissance, Gallery, Museum, Oxford
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20110801
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full color illustrations throughout
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 in

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The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement
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"Synopsis" by , As presented by Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science, Steampunk is rooted inthe aestetics of Victorian technology. Yet it is not a nostalgic recreation of a vanished past: its deveices are both imaginative and contemporary. The Steampunk exhibition, curated by Art Donovan, revealed the many possible responses to Steampunk's characteristics preoccupation with the historical and the contemporary, the mechanical and the fanciful. In imagining a Victorian future that has not come to pass, Steampunk artists cast an oblique light ont he present. But their unrealized "futures" are more celebration than commentary. Steampunk revels in the ingenuity and absurdity of the mechanisms produced and the unqualified pleasure increation. It is only fitting that the world's first museum exhibition of genuine Steampunk art premiered at the Oxford University Museum of the History of Science, which houses the world's greatest collection of important scientific artifacts and devices. The popular Steampunk exhibition ran from October 2009 to February 2010, featured the work of 18 international Steampunk artists, and drew more than 70,000 visitors to the museum.
"Synopsis" by , Welcome to the world of Steampunk: a unique fantasy version of nineteenth century Victorian England imbued with today's technology, resulting in devices and contraptions that seem to have sprung from the mind of a mad twenty-first century scientist. The "steam" refers to steam power - as in fire-breathing machines of antique locomotion. The "punk" is an important reference to an outsider attitude. In The Art of Steampunk, you'll discover the captivating and dynamic world of this emerging genre through the creative vision of today's leading Steampunk artists, all featured in the world's first museum exhibit of Steampunk, held at The Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University in England. No longer satisfied with the plastic design of today's mass-produced products, these artists are crafting a romantic new standard for modern goods by applying the characteristics of Steampunk. Their artwork consists of everything from jewelry and watches to light fixtures and clocks, every piece demonstrating hours of painstaking work and unlimited devotion. You will find that many of the artists are as unique and colorful as their masterpieces, often adopting alter egos of Victorian mad scientists and world explorers, allowing themselves to become fully immersed int he imaginative and exciting world of Steampunk.
"Synopsis" by , Dive into the world of Steampunk where machines are functional pieces of art and the design is only as limited as the artist's imagination.
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