COLLIDING WORLDS, an ART DOCUMENTARY in a 30-minute format, brings Making Something From Nothing, the Art of Christopher James, Clayton Bailey and Shannon O’Hare.
Recycling at its best, Christopher James turns discarded metal into magnificent creatures. From owls to bats to wolves and more, Christopher’s sculptures each have a personality that looks back at you through their own eyes.
Working outdoors with his welding skills, and imagination, Christopher takes material that many would see as waste, repurposes it into art. Given the source material, Christopher James work cannot be duplicated. Truly original and uncompromising, Christopher’s art is the epitome of taking something from nothing and creating the wonderful.
Clayton Bailey has been creating wondrous works from clay and discard metals since the 1960’s. A member of the San Francisco Funk Movement of the 1960’s Clayton’s unbridled imagination know no bounds.
Inspired by the work of Peter Voulkos, Clayton began to create ripped and torn ceramic forms. His form of creativity sparked the slogan, "Think Ugly." Those words were painted on the wall of the ceramic shop by one of Bailey's students as a rationalization for the ugly sculptures they were making. Bailey noted that "beauty" is an attribute of the familiar and the comfortable. The artist, he claims, should seek to discover the new and unusual, and should not strive for beauty.
This principle guides the work of Clayton Bailey. From pots that leak when filled with liquid to Coin Operated Electric Chairs, Clayton has never shied away from controversy nor creativity. His alter ego, Dr. Gladstone, continues to bring Clayton’s provocative work to the public.
Shannon O’Hare’s vision of the world includes motorized vehicles that resemble Victorian homes, steamships, couches and forms of transportation that Detroit could never have imagined. Partly bourn from the Burning Man philosophy, partly bourn from the steam punk movement, Shannon’s Obtainium Works is home to these mechanical marvels.
To quote Shannon-
Obtainium Works is the home base of the Hibernian Academy of UnNatural Sciences, based in Vallejo, California. Recently relocated from The Shipyard in Berkeley, it is an on-going Do It Yourself (DIY) group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art out of repurposed industrial detritus. We are loosely based on the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and other Victorian-era writers who created an imaginary world where steam technology was considered cutting edge and brave explorers could be propelled by gun powder to the moon!
These works are created from the discards of building projects, abandoned cars, tossed furniture and donations of material from many sources. Never knowing what he will find has never stopped Shannon and his crew from creating these majestic art cars.