Robot Fever is an artistic rabbit trail.
Before it was a series of images – it was just a question.
“Can I make a transformer by cutting up an image of a car?”
I can. I did. And the #analogtransformers were born.
They are all hand-cut paper – “analog” collages – created from vintage car advertisements.
When it comes to giving credence to the whims of experimentation in artistic practice – I am a firm believer. This project doesn’t fit neatly within any category of my current work. It’s far too straight-forward (just pictures of cool robots) to have the conceptual rigor I expect from my fine art.
Often my artistic experiments will circle back around and influence my larger bodies of work, sometimes they peter out and I forget about them. Robot Fever, however, has persisted and developed it’s own lane in my artistic practice.
So, I’ve given in.
I’ve created this site to be a shrine dedicated to my unexplainable love of robots.
Many of the collages use a single car ad as source material for the robot image.
I begin by cutting apart the car image, separating out various pieces such as wheels and bumpers. After a bit of staring, a drop of whiskey and some free-association, I begin to assemble some pieces. Sometimes I begin with the eyes, sometimes the torso. The pieces are assembled using scotch tape – so I can remove them and edit as I go.
When I’m satisfied with my work, I glue together the heretofore flimsily taped pieces of paper. I search through my collage archives for a suitable background that feels like a native environment to my newly crafted friend, and marry the two.
A few of the robots use the Voltron method – combining many images of cars, tractors, cameras and various machinery. I call these, creatively, the Super Combined. You can see below the scale difference.
I hope you enjoy looking at these guys, and imagining what universe they inhabit. I’d love to hear what you think, if you feel so inclined shoot me a note.