Saturday, May 17, 2008

ROBOTS: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels

Popy's Chogokin King Joe
From the collection of Tom Geismar. Photo by John Kuczala.

Wow. I just have to say - it's like there's some kind of robot explosion happening right now. When I declared 2008 the Year of the Robot, I was doing so in preparation for the robot show that I'm doing with my friend Jimmy. I just thought would be fun to draw robots for a year. Since then, all my sketchbooks and everything I've been drawing has been robots. I had no idea that so many amazing robot shows were going to be happening this year. It's SO cool...and so inspiring.

In addition to the amazing show at the San Jose Museum of Art that I mentioned yesterday, ROBOTS: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels opened this month at Seattle's Science Fiction Museum. The show features the robot collection of designer Tom Geismar, whose fascination with robots began in the 1970s. It's an exquisite and unique collection featuring Mechagodzilla, DX Tetsujin 28, and one of my favorites Popy's Chogokin King Joe, pictured above. Wired Magazine has featured thirteen robots from the show with comments from Geismar about the robots and what he likes about them. Check it out!

DX Tetsujin 28 (in English, literally Iron Man No. 28)
From the collection of Tom Gesimar. Photo by Richard Nichol.

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