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Mike Klapthor

Mike Klapthor

Inspired by comics and video games, Michael Klapthor's clay sculptures explore themes of humanity, function and undeadedness in robots.

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Michael Klapthor B-17 (decom) at MudFire Gallery
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Mike Klapthor RayGun at MudFire Gallery
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Mike Klapthor RayGun at MudFire Gallery
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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



Mike Klapthor Artist Resume

Education:
Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA (1998 2003), B.A. Studio Art, focus in ceramics and printmaking
President's List (Fall 2002)
Dean's List (Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2003)
Selected Exhibitions:
2011, Magic is Science Presents: The Neverending Story, Sycamore Place Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011, Little Tree Studios, Avondale Estates, GA
2011, Hambidge Invitational, Hambidge Arts Center, Rabun Gap, GA
2011, Mini Maker Faire, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
2011, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2011, Interpretations, The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA
2010, Out of the Blue, Into the Cool, Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA
2010, Magic Is Science, WonderRoot, Atlanta, GA and Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur,
2010, Work featured in The Sunday Paper
2009, Kelcy Chase Folsom: Exhibit and Fundraiser, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2009, Juried Fine Arts Exhibition of the 21st Annual Decatur Arts Festival, Decatur, GA (People's Choice Award)
2009, Beauty and the Bottle, Peachtree Lofts, Atlanta, GA
2009, Work featured in Creative Loafing "Top 5 Art Galleries for College Students in Atlanta"
2009, Fright and Fantasy, Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA
2009, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2009, Good Dirt Gallery, Athens, GA
2008, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2008, Good Dirt Gallery, Athens, GA
2007, Lyndon House Arts Center 32nd Juried Exhibition, Athens, GA
(Dr. Paul D. Haver Patron's Award for Ceramics)
2007, Good Dirt Gallery, Athens, GA
Related Experience:
WonderRoot Community Art Center, Atlanta, GA: Ceramics Program Manager (2010 present) Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA: Instructor/ Studio Assistant (Fall 2007 present)
Good Dirt, Athens, GA: Instructor/ Studio Assistant (2004 2007)
Barnett Shoals Elementary, Athens, GA : After School Program Instructor (2006 2007)
Timothy Road Elementary, Athens, GA: After School Program Instructor (2006 2007)
Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA: After School Program Instructor (2006 2007)
Camp Coleman, Cleveland, GA: Ceramics Specialist (2007)