Laptop/Etch A Sketch

A simple play on the disconnect between parents and children as well as some statements on the differences between the digital and physical worlds. When I created this I was envisioning a child asking for a toy and describing it, however the parents went and got an awesome new, latest technology and the child abuses it because what they really wanted was simply an Etch A Sketch, not a laptop.

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Humanoid #3: HeyI

Finally, I think the mad scientist got one right!  Meet HeyI.  He's the A.I. Robot that was going to be thrown away, but was rescued by his creator Nebulus Hubble Brommowitz, or Neb for short.  This guy is mostly a Keurig and Roomba, but also includes a processor for a heart and batteries for abs.  Tons of epoxy and paint help make is humanish stuff.

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Don't Bug Me!

This little guy was made from a Roomba brush, two CPUs, a wireless extender and a motor from a stereo along with some various wires and such.  I tried to clean the brush as much as I could, but it could still contain some corgi hairs, just for fair warning.

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Mmm... Apple...

This is another contradictory piece.  It's the Android droid about to eat an apple off an apple tree.  This was painted in acrylic on an iPhone 4s and sprayed with polyurethane to help preserve it. The back of the phone does have an extensive cracked section that you can see in the middle picture.  I believe that just gives it character and since you really shouldn't be trying to use this phone it shouldn't really matter as it doesn't appear to effect the structural integrity of the piece.

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Droid's in Trouble!

Uh Oh! Droid had a little too much fun while the missus was away, but now she's back and there's heck to pay! This is just a fun piece. As always I include one of my digital pieces along with it.

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Droid Slingshot

Oh that rascally Droid is up to no good again!  This time he's trying to shoot down Flying Toasters (anyone remember that old Windows screensaver?) with his slingshot.  Of course his ammo of choice has to be an apple!

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Humanoid: Failed Attempt #2

Oh dear!  The mad scientist is at it again!  Meat his second attempt at building the Humanoid!  This one failed just as miserably as the first, but it looks like he might be getting closer, what do you think?

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Save a Horse, Ride a Snail!

This cute little guy is made primarily from a staple cartridge from a copier.  The snail body is made from part of a remote control painted in acrylic and the rest is made from various electronics parts and one store-bought cowboy hat.

SOLD FOR $2,500!  Thank you so much to my first special customer on this outstanding first sale!

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Vanity

I don't really like this piece, but I'm going to put it out there anyway.  It's called Vanity and that's about all the time I'm willing to spend on it.

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Maiden China

I think this is pretty self-explanatory.  You know the routine.  Acrylic paint on an iPhone.  I think it's an iPhone 4.  With the shape our country is in right now, we might as well give her back to the French, but even they probably wouldn't want our cheapened down version of it anymore.

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Lil' Darth Sanyo

This little guy was made from an old-school Sanyo flip phone.  There's also a ripped apart CPU and some various bits and pieces from phones and stuff.  Then I filled it all in with epoxy.  A friend came up with the name Little Darth Sanyo because I couldn't think of anything other than Little Guy.

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DreamCatcher

This was a fun one to make.  First I painted the background on the phone itself, then poured a layer of epoxy with drips of oil based paint onto the phone, let it dry, then painted the dreamcatcher and added some feathers (these feathers don't show in the pictures hardly at all, but you can see them when looking directly at it).  I poured another layer of epoxy just by itself and put more feather on top of it but a little before it was completely set which is what made the glue do that hazing effect.

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Cyber Cult

This guy's name is Cyber Cult and I have no idea why, it just seemed like it should be.  He's the long lost brother of iSheriff.  However they are obviously at odds with one another since one is the leader of a cult and the other is sworn to uphold the law.  However both are made from the same mold, a Sears generic version of a cordless Dremel tool.

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Colors On A Motherboard

This is an odd little piece. I basically threw some paint at a motherboard during different moods on different days. So it's like a collage of different moods.

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Red/Blue Pill

This one is painted in acrylic on a computer board that came out of an old stereo.  Other than that, I think it's pretty self-explanatory.  Just don't piss of the high-healed elephant dude.

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Beach

This is called Beach.  They say if you're an artist in Florida, you have to do beach scenes and crap like that.  So here's my version of a beach scene to please the masses.  This is composed of actual Jacksonville beach sand, shells and feathers and acrylic and epoxy.  There's some sort of phone underneath all that, but I forget the make and model.  I think it's an iPhone 3?  Can't remember.

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Digital Cross

I wish I had something much more in-depth to share with you on this one, but in actuality it's simply a cross I made from computer parts that I thought went well together and enjoyed the coolness of the end result.  No major life lesson or anything on this one, sorry.

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Mario Stuck In PSP

This is just a silly piece.  Mario who is a Nintendo product is stuck inside a PlayStation Portable or PSP.  As far as I know, this is a working PSP that included Grand Theft Auto that can be either hung on a wall, suspended from the ceiling or just sit on a desktop.  The art is painted with acrylic paint so you could just wash it off and play it if you wanted to.  You'll probably need a new battery and charger though.

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Data Leak

This is meant to be an artistic view of someone's computer getting hacked and data just flowing all over the place.  The hard drive has been cracked open, the CPU split in two and even the Random Access Memory has been thrown in the mix.

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Far 'N Groovin'

This is my favorite piece so far.  This is a fully operational Dell Monitor made to look like a side-view mirror of a truck with a VW mini-bus floating in space in the reflection.  There is some homage paid to one of my favorite stories The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but the piece itself it is not meant to represent only that.  I got the idea for this one while listening to the Grateful Dead while originally painting a simple universe like scene on the monitor.  The rest just kept flowing out on it's own.

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Humanoid: Failed Attempt #1

Frankenmankind's latest endeavor!  The Humanoid!  This failed attempt at mixing man and computer has failed miserably, but you can still get to enjoy the beautiful art it turned into by proudly displaying this atrocity in your dining room or den!

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ROFLMAO!

Return of the Flying Toasters!  This was the first Windows phone I've painted on.  It's also the first one I've attempted to use oil-based paints on as well as lots of physical parts like the power pole and lines and feathers for the toaster wings.  The Droid and Apple (who lost a chunk of butt), are rolling on the floor laughing at the toasters expense as they have flown into some power lines.  Those of you that don't fly don't understand the terror of power lines can pose!

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The Sea Was Angry That Day My Friends!

For you Seinfeld fans out there I present to you "The Sea Was Angry That Day My Friends!"

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Apples and Oranges

This is becoming one of my favorite pieces.  I'm sorry for the language mom, and that's NOT my cig, so don't worry.  However this is a bit of an angry piece, hence the language.  I don't really even know how to explain this, there's a lot going on here.

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INGSOC

Need anything more be said about this piece?  Truth is, I'm not even going to bother telling you, because you don't care.  You're more concerned over which bathroom people should go to or what the Kardashians are wearing today than your own privacy or your own right to freedom or the pursuit of happiness.

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Tech Artist's Palette

This is just using spare parts.  I had a nice plastic palette that I usually use with my acrylics that I used for oils and let them sit too long.  It basically ruined the palette so I decided to toss some spare phone parts on it and fill the whole thing in with epoxy.  There's also a laser from a DVD or CD player in there.  And a penny to show how much we usually make on our art!  I don't like to let anything go to waste!

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Lil' Red Sanyo

This is another like his brother Lil' Darth Sanyo.  His name is Lil' Red Sanyo.  Like his brother he is made primarily from an old school Sanyo flip-phone.  Of course, lots of other fun parts tossed in and then sealed up in epoxy.

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Drowning In Broken Dreams

This one started out very pretty, but I basically destroyed it on purpose for the general effect of what I wanted to be seen.  There's some real beauty underneath the broken screen.

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iSheriff

The iSheriff don't take no guff from no one.  Made from the casing of an old Dremel-like cordless tool, he's full of cell phone parts, pc pieces and stands atop 4 CPUs.  He's filled with epoxy and stands quite proudly on a shelf or desktop.

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Weeping Devil

This one is painted in acrylic on an Alcatel OneTouch phone.  Come on, you don't think I'm going to give the devil one of my better phones do you?

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DreamCatcher Part 2

Another DreamCatcher on an iPhone.  Used some different types of feathers and added a bit more paint to this one.  I also did a slightly different design for the inside.   Oddly enough, I did have some weird dreams while making this one.  Hopefully it caught them.

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Small Red/Blue Pill

I liked Red/Blue Pill so much I created a smaller version of it.  This one is painted on a board out of a Tablo.  It's mostly acrylic paint with some melted wax poured on it as well.

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Hi, My Name is Michel

I'm a native Floridian who is just starting to get into the art world.  I am currently living in Jacksonville, Florida.  My life up until now has been all about IT.

I’ve only shared my story with a couple of very close people, but now I feel the need to start sharing more publicly. I’ve been in the IT business well over 20 years now. I’ve also been diagnosed as bipolar. I have not had much success with doctors or pills. Most doctors I’ve encountered have been more interested in pushing me pills than trying to actually get inside my head, fortunately for them because I’d probably end up just making them crazy. I’ve become much more spiritual in recent days than ever before by some major changes in my life and many new doors seemed to not just open wide, but almost fly open and swallow me.

Since the lows and highs of what you call bipolar can sometimes take me in too extreme of places, I’ve been trying to learn to channel those emotions into something more productive than laying in bed for days on end. I’ve been trying to channel them into my artwork. Now I embrace my moments of lows and pour those emotions into paint or designing some object out of tech stuff. I believe all the best art was created with pure, raw, hardcore emotions. It’s my belief that if you make a true artist take your pills we would not have some of the best artwork: music, photography, paintings, sculptures, movies, TV, digital art or whatever else you can think of today. When you think of the best songs you’ve ever heard, don’t you feel like you’ve been provided your own special window into the heart and soul of the writers and performers in that specific moment in time however short or long-lived it was when that song was created? It’s a way for the artist(s) to live on and always remember those moments through their art and we all were fortunate enough to be allowed to share in that experience with them. That’s the way I feel when I hear a truly awesome song or look at a truly moving piece of art.

Now I'm trying my best to share with you my pure, raw, emotions through my art. I’m just beginning this journey, so I probably suck at properly putting out there what I’m truly envisioning at the time, but I’ll continue to learn and grow with my art and hopefully it will be more spectacular with time. I hope others with this bipolar “disorder” (your label, not mine) will find your outlet to help you through the darker times. As I always say though, most people seem to focus only on the dark side of the ordeal and not the highs. Well, if you take away my low, you also take away my highs and I’m not going to let you do that anymore. I like myself just the way I am.

I'm also trying to destroy the stereotype that you must be dead for your art to be noticed and appreciated.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would help me get noticed before I have to die for it.  Thank you!

-Michel

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