Touch, sight, hearing, the desire to play. these are feelings we as humans all have in common. As a child I was never satisfied with run of the mill toys, when my friends were playing with action figures and video games, I could always be found sitting in a corner of my room among a pile of broken pieces of whatever old radio or machine my parents managed to bring home for me to “see how they worked”. To see these machines with their guts spilled out drew me to the concept that something could be made from their parts that would be more fun tugged at me but I didn't have the ability or the right inspiration. Whenever I had a dollar or two I would beg my parents to take me to Radio Shack and collected LED's and switches and scavenged the bulbs out of the Christmas tree light strings to make my own control panels and toys.
I had always loved building things from plastic models to radio controlled vehicles but they never satisfied my creative urges as they were someone else's vision and not mine. I always have loved the journey more then the finished project so once finished they would sit on my shelf, the fun being over.
Electronika was “born” in 2007, when, while going through leftover electronics and parts from a R/C tugboat I had built and some items I had lying around from combing thrift stores. In those items I saw in my mind what I had always yearned for, the vision of a project that would create what would become Beacon the first of my interactive sculptures a combination of light, texture and interaction. Something that would be beautiful to look at and fun to play with. The toy that had always been out of reach.
As a child of an teacher and an artist in Hollywood, I grew up exposed to art and culture but the art venues were so limited because they were always built on the principle of "look but don't touch". When I set out to create Electronika I set out to build a new experience in art, an experience that invites people of all ages to use all of their senses. Items to play and interact with. Buttons, switches and lighs that change with each turn of the dial of throw of the lever. They are a combination of recycled vintage parts saved from the scrap heap of history combined with electronics and other items that evoke different emotions when turned off and when on, in the light and in the dark. An experience that changes each time you interact and with each new interaction you feel something different.
I hope you enjoy and have a chance to play with these sculptures in person. After all, you paid for the ticket, enjoy the ride.