Canadian artist Roger Wood of Klockwerks presents his amazingly creative portfolio filled with Steampunk and fantasy assemblage.
I am a hopeless romantic with a love of an idealized past – a dreamer, longing for times gone by. I have always been fascinated with machines, gadgets and mechanical devices of the early Industrial Revolution. I am inspired by people like Jules Verne, Heath Robinson, Roland Emmett, and Rube Goldberg.
I don’t really have any formal goals – I just try to do the best I can on a daily basis, and see where my intuition takes me.
Currently. I’m working on a 360º installation for the front window of a gallery.
I grew up on the east coast and now live and work in a former flower shop in Hamilton, Ontario. I’m now an assemblage artist, but have been an interior designer and a heavy construction field engineer in previous careers.
I source the raw materials at flea markets, auctions, thrift stores, junk barns, etc. There are more than a thousand boxes and drawers of catalogued artifacts now.
I don’t work from sketches very often. I usually start with an image in my head of the general shape and theme, then gather a bunch of parts, spread them around on my bench and start assembling the piece.
I mostly work intuitively while trying each part, discarding those that don’t work and quickly gluing those that do before they can escape. I use both sides of the brain when working – the left for solving construction problems and the right for the creating.
My approach to design is similar to other sculpture – attention to form, materials, proportion, eye movement, scale, unity and harmony. It’s an additive process, building on a simple framework. The process is self-taught and very low tech, using nothing more than nails, screws and glues and adhesives of various kinds.
I prefer to work with things that have the patina of time but sometimes have to speed the process up a bit using chemicals and dyes to age new materials.
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