To kick of December, the gift-giving, fantasy month of the year, I thought I’d introduce you to three well-known robot sculptors here in metropolitan Phoenix. Why? Because Robot sculptures make great holiday gifts. The big three are: Jordan-Alexander Thomas, Alexi Devilliars, and Aaron Voigt.
Our Featured Artist for December, Space Boy Robot, also known as Jordan-Alexander Thomas, is showing at Practical Art from December 1st through 31st, with his opening on
First Friday, December 2nd, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
5070 N. Central Ave.
Now considered one of America’s finest robot sculptors, you see a variety of his splendid and intricately detailed sculptures under our Featured Artists section on Thursday, December 1st. It is more or less a Retrospective of some of his most delightful works.
Alexi Devilliars of Fishliptz Art has one mission with his recycled Tin Can creations–to raise money to feed the homeless. Every Saturday he cooks and delivers about 100 lunches for elderly homeless people at the Justa Center (http://www.justacenter.org/).
Devilliars will be showing at his own booth, Fishliptz Art, on First Friday, December 2nd, on the corner of 4th and Roosevelt, from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Then on Thursday December 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., he is showing in Scottsdale at Carstens Fine Art Studio and Gallery, Holiday Hope Open House Adopt-A-Robot Show, at 7077 Main Street #5. (480) 946-3217 (http://scottsdalegalleries.com/galleries/carstens-fine-art/).
The child of Cuban Refugees, he was raised in Florida, but settled here in the Phoenix area, and worked as a cook for the Veteran’s Home on Indian School and 7th Street, where he learned to cook tasty, nutritionally balanced food in huge quantities. When he discovered that elderly, particularly elderly veterans were homeless and in need of food, he decided to use his love for cooking to feed them. But how to raise the money to do so? That’s when Fishliptz Art was born, where his recycled tin-can creations could be used to fund his generous desire to feed the homeless. PBS has a wonderful video interview with Devilliars, at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/robot-sculptures-feed-homeless-phoenix/.
Just this week Devilliars offered these robots for sale on his Facebook page:
Voigt is currently showing his robots also at Practical Art, as well as Sky Harbor’s Mosaic Fine Art and Craft Gallery.
Tom, at Mosaic Fine Art and Crafts Gallery
The son of a U.S. Army Welder, Voigt became his father’s serious student after the death of his mother and brother by the age of 20. Voigt Metal, of Mesa, does metal designs throughout the city, and robots are only a small part of his reportoire. He loves recycling metal, and it shows. In 2011 he was a featured artist for the Phoenix New Times (http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/aaron-voigts-recycled-robot-garage-6579209). He is been a featured artist at Sky Harbor’s Mosaic Fine Art and Craft Galley, where he currently shows. He has also won Best of Show in both Tempe and Santa Fe, and was a featured artist for Cave Creek’s Big Heap.
Voigt says “With items sourced from such diverse products as old manufacturing machines, aircraft, cars, household fixtures and who knows what, my robots come alive with the history of the donor machine parts. My parts are found hiding out in junk yards, old business, yard sales, friends garages and swap meets.”
I found some adorable and affordable pencil holder robots in various colors on his website at http://www.voigtmetal.com/. They go for $48.
His robot change banks are also affordable. This one goes for $130.
Contact Aaron at:
Mesa AZ USA