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Mike Klapthor at MudFire
Gallery group show Pirates vs. Zombies, April 2012
Mike Klapthor Artist Bio
Artists' Bio: Michael Klapthor began his clay career at Georgia College and State University and has since been touring the state, teaching and creating figurative clay sculptures at many local ceramics studios. An internship at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center brought him to Atlanta, where he is now a sculpture instructor and program manager of WonderRoot Art Center's ceramics department.
Mike Klapthor Artist Statement
My favorite robot designs have always hailed from the early forms of the science-fiction genre, where fantasy writers and filmmakers would indulge awestruck fans with menacing and fantastic contraptions. Audiences would marvel at the ideas of outer space travel, flying cars, ray guns and robots. The sleek, rounded geometric looks of these imagined futures are designs based in hope, innocence and possibility. By creating this aesthetic and feel in my sculptures, I want to recapture that same excitement and sense of fantastic potential.
Each sculpture begins as an assortment of vessels thrown on a pottery wheel and reassembled into the robot forms. Using the wheel as my means of machine-like production lends itself to the look of those sleek retro robots, though the lizella clay and applied stains for surface treatments give the look of a weathered industrial machine. I think the rusty appearance implies a rich context to each character, and harkens to those innocent but bygone days. This series of robot sculptures is about honoring nostalgia. Each sculpture is made to serve as a tangible reminder of days spent thinking of superpowers and spaceships, a rusty but sturdy reminder of what it was like to be excited about limitless possibilities