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RHAnother quick preview from Deadeyes before the actual preview comes out, and this time by robot alchemist Robert Hoggard.

This creation is known as “1080P”, and looks like it is on a mission. That cold stare is ready for the robot uprising! …well, probably not, since it has a turn key on its head to get him going. He is also equipped with a 95 mm x 55mm LCD screen, and tons of lights in his head.

I can’t get enough of these robots! Who doesn’t love robots?

Deadeyes runs March 7th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

 

Skelve Robot

 

Now this is something I wasn’t expecting, like a left hook to my jaw, a Skelve Robot! This badass piece by Robert Hoggard titled “Misadventure” arrives this Friday for an ABQ takeover ala Rampage!

This custom-built mech by Robert is adorned with UV LEDs in his head for a creepy glow and survey the destruction of the surroundings, but also contains a glow in the dark skull for extra amazingness. There are also lights inside to see the stellar paint job by Jay Hollopeter.

More bots soon from Robert.

Deadeyes, by Robert Hoggard, Tim Lee and Joe Scarano, runs March 7th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

photo_4Shing was able to creep into Robert Hoggard’s studio last week, and now we have a few gems from his robot labs.

All the artists are frantically working away getting ready for Deadeyesand Robert is right there in that mix. The robots are starting to take shape! Some are just a shell of a body while others may just be a head. This is fine for now, but if they reach self-awareness, look out Skynet!

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Deadeyes, by Robert Hoggard, Tim Lee and Joe Scarano, runs March 7th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

 

I get pretty abnormally gleeful when artists send me pictures of their studio, and I was definitely quite happy when Robert Hoggard decided to oblige me!

His contributions to the show with Joe Scarano and Tim Lee, Deadeyes, at Stranger Factory in March, promises to be a delightful amalgamation of enthusiastically interactive robots. We first saw Robert’s work at Stranger Factory for Bewitching last year, where his Theremin Bot charmed the hell out of everyone present.

Robert agreed to ask some short questions, so here they are, interspersed with awesome pictures of his workspace. :)

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Circus Posterus: Where does the inspiration for your robots come from? 
Robert Hoggard: 
It actually varies. Sometimes, it’s an item I find that begs to be made into something. Take the pulse bot from the Bewitching show, I found a silkworm specimen encased in acrylic and knew it had to be in the chest of a robot. Or, I can find inspiration in a specific antique case or box that I come across.  Many things I do come to me when I’m trying to go to sleep and I think, “I wonder if I can make _____ and get it to work?”

CP: What sort of wonderful found things go into the making of a robot? 
RH: Well, my theremin bot was inspired by the “Halloween” theme of the show and the case I found for it. It was a vintage traveling preacher’s case. It just seemed like whatever I put in that case needed to be heard.

CP: What are your three favorite tools – the ones that you’ve come to rely on so much you feel like you wouldn’t be able to make anything if it didn’t exist in your shop?
RH: Soldering iron, Dremel tool, and magic sculpt!

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CP:  What’s your background? How were you first drawn to electronic fiddliness?
RH: I spent many years in the computer industry. In my spare time I worked on building elaborate Halloween display items for my house. With the help of my friends and family, we would completely decorate the house and yard after dark on October 30th with sophisticated electronic and mechanical displays.

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CP: Your Theremin-Bot was a highlight of the Bewitching show! Can we expect more wonderful interactive robots from you in March?
RH: Most definitely! There will be some with motion-activated lights, one that you connect to with a mobile device, and one in the works with a video screen.

Thanks, Robert!

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Deadeyes, by Robert Hoggard, Tim Lee and Joe Scarano, runs March 7th – 30th, with an opening reception on Friday, March 7th from 6 – 9 PM.

The Bewitching III preview will be coming out very soon, and have you signed up at www.strangerfactory.com to receive it? Well, to get your artistic mind salivating, we thought we would shot you three more pieces from the show.

JOSH STEBBINS - CANDY_ROTS_OTHER_THINGS_TOO - 300DPIJosh Stebbins‘ “candy rots other things too”. The creepy factor with this work is astounding from the vacant eyes to the rotting teeth, the veins in the face,  and even the old world clothing. Even the sepia tone is perfect!
Jay_Hollopeter_frighteningfez2“Frightening Fez” by Jay Hollopeter adds more fun to Bewitching III’s already stellar lineup. Who doesn’t love a good fez and with candycorn!!!!! The bright colors pop on this as does the bad luck black cat that isn’t a fan of you looking at him!
Robert_Hoggard_Thereminbot_insetOur last titillating teaser is by Robert Hoggard.” Thereminbot” allows you to bring your own creepy soundtrack to your holiday party because ol’ Thereminbot is a playable theremin and amp! This bot will set the mood and creepy factor when those trick or treaters come knocking! He even comes in his own vintage traveling preacher’s case!

Bewitching III opens this Friday, are you ready????