Instead of having some type of blog, I figured I'd go for a process section, as a lot of what I did for my thesis project required numerous steps that aren't readily apparent in the final project. Plus, maybe it's the potter in me, maybe it's the inner child obsessed with Legos, but the actual construction part of any given project is as fulfilling if not more so than the final product.
Disthrashterpiece Command Console
So, here are some pics of the Disthrashterpiece Command Console. By this point, the found object nature of my thesis was in full swing, I'd accumulated about two years worth of random crap, through scavenging and donations from fellow scavengers (Shout out to Bryce Robinson), and finally had enough stuff accumulated to get my thesis built. Also, it was crunch time at this point, which really made me strip out extraneous ideas and focus on getting the meat of what I needed to make out there.
Hammernaut Tenderizer 5000
At some point the idea that Atom Boy needed some big, unwieldy melee weapons popped into my head, and nothing seems as dumb and awesome at the same time as a hammer. Also, I had been wanting to use the suffixes -naut and -tron for a while, and the idea for the Hammernaut Tenderizer 5000 was born. This piece also allowed me to showcase some 3D modeling capabilities in the time limits/budget that I had. In designing the Hammernaut, I knew it needed to be larger than life, but I wanted it to be of a manageable scale, hence the proportions of Thor's hammer but scaled up about 400%. Also, due to Pacific Rim and the Rocket Punch, it needed rockets. Because Rocketz.
The character of Atom Boy came to me about halfway through my grad school career. I was learning about a ton of really interesting contemporary art, looking at a lot of performance/ video/ Installation art, and realized that I was kind of tired of making static sculpture, and wanted a way to activate the works I was making. I had already made M.P.B.F.G. 5000 and was currently working on B.H.J., and decided the best way to tie in my art with my target audience and the art world at large was to create a superhero character. I wanted this guy to be a badass, but to be inherently flawed, and to exist in a situation where his role is pretty weak, to the point of him almost not needing to be there. In this spirit I created his AtomSuit, a jetpack with a Powerfist attachment and red Converse Battle Boots.
The second over the top, ridiculous weapon I designed was B.H.J., Over-Sized Sawed-Off Four Barrel Shotgun with Chainsaw Bayonet and Yoshi Egg Shotgun Shells. (B.H.J., OSSOFBSCBYESS) This was to be the second fantastical gun in a series of three, initially to be displayed in some type of auto/ gun show hybrid style showcase, but after spending an exorbitant amount of time on fabrication, that idea got scrapped. I also was attempting to redeem myself after a "failed" semester worth of test work that didn't work, and fabricated this piece from scratch, all wood and steel, with the bayonet being found object and the Yoshi Egg Shotgun Shells being cast porcelain and bronze.
G.O.D. (Global Overhaul Device)
G.O.D. was to be the third in the lineup of oversized, ridiculous guns that shot fantastical ammo. The title is a reference to a metal song, as well as being a reference to the quintessential "God" gun that exists in every video game, the gun that pwns so hard nothing beats it. The irony of the gun is two fold: it is essentially a pistol, and while being oversized, pistols are normally the first/ crappiest weapon in a game; also, it shoots lightning out of the barrel ( it takes batteries as ammo, insert Batteries Not Included joke here) and Holy Hand Grenades out of the attached grenade launcher. Also, I put a massive scope on it because the idea of having a massive scope on a huge gun with a tiny barrel was funny to me, and pistols with scopes, while awesome looking, always seem kinda ridiculous.
M.P.B.F.G. 5000, Supercharged Minigun Pistol with Lightsaber Ammo
M.P.B.F.G. 5000 was the first of the fantastical weapons created for Atom Boy, and ultimately probably my favorite. Coming off of my first semester in grad school, I wanted to keep with the theme of over the top, ridiculous and therefore humorous works, but wanted to get the figure out of the pieces. So, a supercharged minigun "pistol" that shot lightsabers was the most ridiculous thing i could think of. I also was attempting, for the first time, to not use ceramics at all in my work. This was done in an attempt to eliminate the weight and preciousness of pieces made out of ceramics. I really wanted to be able to "wield" this massive gun, which wouldn't have been possible if made of clay. Unfortunately, the finished piece really only looks good at a distance, but it was a good experiment with materials. The piece was later redesigned to really see what i could do with 3D modeling, and the final iteration appears in the M.P.B.F.G. 5000 Redesign poster in Disthrashterpiece.