Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Spotlight: Art of Steampunk, Revised Second Edition by Art Donovan

Welcome to the world of Steampunk: a fantasy vision of nineteenth century Victorian England imbued with today's technology, resulting in devices and contraptions that seem to have sprung from the mind of a mad twenty-first century scientist.

A new book from Fox Chapel Publishing, The Art of Steampunk, Revised Second Edition, examines the captivating and dynamic aesthetic of this emerging genre through the creative vision of today's most innovative Steampunk artists.

Author Art Donovan curated the world's very first museum Steampunk exhibit at The Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University in England. The original edition of The Art of Steampunk profiled 17 extraordinary artists from that event. Now the world’s foremost interpreter of Steampunk is back, with new artist profiles in a revised and expanded second edition of his book.

Donovan takes a fresh look at what is happening in Steampunk today. He shows us startling new works, created since the time of the Oxford exhibition, by breakthrough artists like Ann Pedro, Anna Dabrowska, Camryn Forrest, Evelyn Kriete, Filip Sawczuk, Jessica Joslin, Mikhail Smolyanov, and Sam Van Olffen. Their creations exemplify some of the very best in contemporary Steampunk art and design. Each artist sets the standard for his or her involvement—be it jewelry, sculpture, lighting, painting, or digital art.

No longer satisfied with the plastic design of today's mass-produced products, these artists are crafting a romantic new standard for modern goods by applying the characteristics of Steampunk. Their "extraordinary devices and ingenious contraptions" consist of everything from sculptures and timepieces to light fixtures and motorcycles, with every piece demonstrating hours of painstaking work and unlimited devotion. Readers will find that many of these artists are as unique and colorful as their masterpieces, often adopting alter egos of Victorian mad scientists and world explorers, allowing themselves to become fully immersed in the imaginative and exciting world of Steampunk.

Art Donovan was born and raised in New York City. With more than 30 years of experience in the art industry, he creates pieces for Donovan Design, a company created with his wife, Leslie, that specializes in handcrafted lighting fixtures and illuminated sculptural objects. Their client list includes Tiffany & Co., Benetti Luxury Yachts, the Four Seasons, Disney Cruise Lines, and countless private restaurants, casinos, and residences around the world. Donovan’s Steampunk journey began several years ago when he encountered it online. It touched upon some favorite interests— history, science, and science fiction—and was unlike anything he had seen before. Since curating the world’s first museum Steampunk exhibit, Donovan continues to make highly demanded Steampunk light fixtures while constantly working to bring the genre to the attention of others.

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