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The Sequel to ‘My Favorite Machine”, "MyPhoneHenge" celebrates Community across Virtual and Real Worlds.
The Sequel to ‘My Favorite Machine”, "MyPhoneHenge" celebrates Community across Virtual and Real Worlds.
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MyPhoneHenge: Tech Art Celebrating Community

Support the Art, See the Art!  $150 pledge = Your ticket to BIG(D)ESIGN 2012 + MyPhoneStone + an Art T-Shirt! Limit to first 30 Pledges.

About MyPhoneHengeAs our culture speeds headlong in this digital age, the slick aesthetic has reached toxic levels. This overdose of untouchable virtual brings with it a kind of sensory deficit. As much as we love the capabilities that the digital world brings, there is emerging with it a craving for the unabashedly earthy and rugged to soothe the senses.

Even as we celebrate the amazing community formed by these ubiquitous technologies on a purely human level, that same human sense of self strives to bring it all out from behind the glass and into the world we know.

My Favorite Machine is a celebration of the endearing nature of technology and design. In its presentation is a dichotomy; it both esteemed and irreverently parodied the machines that are in our lives, past and present. Its sequel, MyPhoneHenge, promises to do the same on an even grander scale. MyPhoneHenge reaches even further into the past and across mediums and motifs, challenging the senses and stretching definitions of what constitutes Art about Technology. It celebrates community and the multiplicity of people and things converging into one time and space, simultaneously virtual and physical.

Seven foot tall smart phones made of unlikely materials, filled with interactive media displays, shakes the tree of visual contrasts. Like the previous art, the bold visual parody grabs audience attention while the combination of polish and necessary roughness intrigues the senses and rich conceptual irony engages the intellect. Whimsy and tongue in cheek humor is throughout, along with the plain and serious (every comedian needs a straight man). It’s deliberately rough and duplicitous. That to me makes it interesting and fun.

MyPhonehenge, as the name implies is a circle of monoliths, each a smartphone abstracted into an individual statement about technology, design, history, and the interaction of people to machines and people to people. Like its names sake, it is a dichotomy of mystery and blunt straightforwardness.

The materials and style begin with my own sculptural motif of negative and positive spaces rendered in ordinary steel and concrete. This is expanded to include electronics and various types of media integrated without concession to fashion etiquette. Use of industrial materials in their native form pushes this bold statement even further and connects the dots in time with elements of prehistoric, industrial, and digital ages. Transitions make no apology and rules are created and then broken as readily as in a jazz melody.

The shape defines not just a form, but a space. The audience can inhabit the space around and between the monoliths, and this is as much a part of the piece as the substance and media. The audience interacting in this space, freely touching objects and actually driving the media, is part of the art.

The BIG(D)ESIGN Conference has been an awesome cheerleader and a wonderful host providing me with the perfect venue to share these tech art concepts. My Favorite machine was a huge hit and I was invited back to do the sequel. Help me give them another art center piece to knock their socks off. Help me make this art which I believe speaks volumes about technology’s impact on contemporary culture.

For those that see the beauty and fun in these contrasts, I invite you to help me bring this vision into being.

- roger

Now for the pictures of what you get as a thank you!

MyPhoneStone -  Now available for a $52 Pledge.  Trasform your own smart phone into a functioning piece of art.  Don't worry, those that pledged $99 will have  their deal weetened to show my appreciation!  Everyone can get their own MyPhoneStone for a pledge of $52 or more!

T-Shirts designed by the Artist (me) for the 42 Club (Pledge of $42) - Two different designs:

Front: belveal logo, Back: "NO SISSY ART"

Front: My Favorite Machine #3, Back: "Think outside the glass"


These are high quality silkscreen printed shirts. 

Thank You!   and Enjoy!

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    Public Thank you! I’ll tweet a Tweet of heartfelt gratitude to you! Gracias!

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    Autographed Art Postcard of "My Favorite Machine" signed by me, the artist along with a public thanks on Twitter.

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    Autographed Art Postcard, Public thanks on twitter, AND, best of all, YOUR NAME will appear ON THE ART as it is displayed at BIG(D)ESIGN 2012!

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    42 Club – That’s the answer! What's the question? What do you get for a 42 pledge? One T-Shirt designed by the artist! Autographed Art Postcard; A tweet of gratitude; Your name appears on the art! All of those! Wow!

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    What holds 52 cards or one smart phone?

    MyPhoneStone – If your smart phone design is so slim and trim it can’t stand itself, then it could certainly stand having one of these. Each piece is a unique work by the artist, signed and numbered. Glorious rugged shapes in steel and concrete contrasted to the sleek smart phone resting on it in a view position. Or use it for cards or photos. Wait! That can’t be art! It’s too useful! The secret’s out – I’m also a designer. And I can do both at the same time! Think smart companion.

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    MyPhoneStone – The 99 Crush! Totally smart and desirable! Actual Art for your actual desktop! If your smart phone design is so slim and trim it can’t stand itself, then it could certainly stand having one of these. Each piece is a unique work by the artist, signed and numbered. Glorious rugged shapes in steel and concrete contrasted to the sleek smart phone resting on it in a view position. Or use it for cards or photos. Wait! That can’t be art! It’s too useful! The secret’s out – I’m also a designer. And I can do both at the same time! Think smart companion. Think 99. Roughly Irresistible!

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    Wow! "Support the Art, See the Art!" $150 Pledge = Your ticket to BIG(D)ESIGN 2012 + MyPhoneStone + T-Shirt! Limited Quantity

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    Your logo rendered in steel and concrete in the artist's unique tech-expressionist style. Size suitable for a shelf, desktop, or office window. These things photograph really well! You’ll want to make it your Facebook profile or use it on your next brochure or annual report. And it’s gotta be on your web site!

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    Art in your space. “My Favorite Machine” is the one that started it all. Imagine having this original art or similar piece visit your office. A great attraction for that special event. Length of stay is negotiable for up to four weeks. Location must be a secure, indoors, with suitable space for safe display, within the DFW area. Traveling further or for longer, or any other special conditions, is negotiable on a case by case basis.

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