The Art of Steampunk

The Art of Steampunk : Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement

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Celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation. A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but also unique and striking. "The Art of Steampunk" celebrates the vision of Steampunk artists from around the world, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre. The 17 artists featured have had their work displayed in an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford and their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewellery and every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator. In most cases, the artists themselves are just as unique and colourful as their masterpieces. Those fully embracing the Steampunk ideology have adopted a Victorian alter ego - mad scientists and world explorers - to match the complicated intricacies of their more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 184 x 226 x 14mm | 399.16g
  • Fox Chapel Publishing
  • East Petersberg, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 1565235738
  • 9781565235731
  • 130,918

About Art Donovan

Art Donovan is himself a Steampunk artist and was the Curator of the 2010 Steampunk exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of more

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When I first saw the listing for The Art of Steampunk on NetGalley, I thought to myself, well there's something that might interest my readers. After all, I read and review a fair amount in the steampunk genre. Featuring an art compilation of steampunk designs is only a logical next step, particularly since I'm an enormous fan of art books. The Art of Steampunk compiles the work of seventeen artists whose creations were originally displayed at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science during a steampunk exhibition. Art Donovan, the author, acted as the curator. To be honest, there's not much for me to say about this book except wow. It's absolutely gorgeous, from the layouts, to the backgrounds, to the images themselves. Even the text is delightfully appropriate to the subject matter. Fox Chapel's production team has done an amazing job of presenting this collection in the most visually appealing way possible. Of course, that wouldn't mean anything if the featured projects didn't live up to expectation. But oh, do they. These artists are truly talented. The objects they create are detailed and beautiful. But not only that-many of them are functional. Within these pages you'll find computers, watches, and light fixtures-even a rubber band launcher-all outfitted in steampunk style and completely usable. I'd like to claim that I have a favorite piece from this book-or even a favorite artist. But the truth is, there's so much to enjoy, and so many remarkable creations, that I can't single out a particular one (or two or three). Though I do have a fondness for Daniel Proulx's brass insect sculptures and Ian Crichton's mp3 and camera cases, I would say that every artist in this collection has produced at least one thing that truly impresses me. People who already enjoy steampunk will love flipping through this book and lingering over each lovely object. As for those who haven't been introduced to the genre before, I can't imagine that this book will fail to be intriguing. The aesthetics alone are well worth a few minutes of browsing, and should that be enough to make new readers ask "What is this?" they can flip to the steampunk primer at the beginning of the book. The Art of Steampunk won't be released until August, which means that everyone has time to gather up a few dollars and shove them into a piggy bank. And you definitely should-it will be well worth itshow more