Stephen Spicer

works 2019-2020

My work is in the area of interactive sculpture. My interests are at that point where art, robots, craft and amusement meet.

Stephen Spicer Untitled/Forest, 2020 Wood, electronics, paint,
40 x 40 x 50cm, Artist collection, Bath.

I am fascinated by the stories told in simple automata, especially those found in historically in arcades and seaside locations. These are often short social comment, or moralistic tales, sometimes told with British double entendre. That tradition continues today with the work of Tim Hunkin, Paul Spooner and others. Other influences include the Victorian peepshow, stage magic and a desire to engage an audience in things that inspire wonder, delight, and maybe horror…

Many of these are designed to be coin operated. Research and anecdotal evidence demonstrate that gallery visitors often only glance at work. The simple act of inserting a thing of value implies that the viewer is committed, if only for a short time, to seeing what that work has to offer. Additionally this type of mechanical entertainment has long been activated in this way. t.

This gallery is the two machines that have been built, and those that are speculative. The first machine, Untitled/Forest is shown alongside detail and a recording. Most of the images here are diagrams that illustrate successive planes in the three dimensional box, or workings. It also includes the Portable Museum of Speculative Automata, which can be booked and presented as retrictions are lifted.

It also includes the Portable Museum, which can be booked and presented during restrictions.

Stephen Spicer The true meaning of Christmas, 2020 60 x 40cm, Pencil and ink on paper, Artist collection, Bath.
Stephen Spicer I know you, 2020 Ink on tea-stained paper,
70 x 40cm, Artist collection, Bath.
Stephen Spicer Looking, 2020 Ink on tea-stained paper, 30 x 50cm, Artist collection, Bath.
Stephen Spicer Untitled/Fast Food, 2020 Ink on tea-stained paper, 40 x 70cm, Artist collection, Bath.
Stephen Spicer Untitled/Seascape peepshow 2020 Ink, paint, pencils on tea-stained paper, 40 x 70cm, Artist collection, Bath.
Stephen Spicer Untitled/Sky Machine 2020 Pencil, ink, paint on paper,
45 x 45 cm, Artist collection, Bath.

Stephen Spicer. Ruth/Icons in isolation. 2020. Pencil and acrylics on wood,
40 x 40 cm. Bath.

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