For the NYC Peoples Climate March in September 2014, myself and a few comrades were enlisted to build two bicycle-powered parade float platforms.
On one of the platforms we constructed an armature, which Monica Hunken then transformed, using junk auto parts and empty oil bottles, into an amazing Dinosaur sculpture meant to be a symbolic "Harbinger of the Death of the Fossil Fuel Era". Yes!! (note the oil bottle vertebrae detail)
The platform is now being employed as a prototype HP truck for local jobs, mostly pick-ups and deliveries.
Designed and built by IRISFAB in the Spring of 2007, The Spin Bunny/ Battle Wagon is a 2 person bicycle/interactive sculpture. The inpetus for this project was to create a vehicle which requires cooperative navigation.
Participants are challenged with a simple course while each controlling one of the two wheels and facing in opposite directions.
Spin Bunny/ Battle Wagon has been seen most recently at the Figment Festival on Governers Island in NYC in 2013, and has made appearances in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island, the Myrtle Ave Street Fair, Black Label Bicycle Clubs' BikeKill in Brooklyn, and the 2011 Maker Faire.
These are pictures of works from a recent show in Brooklyn.
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Supplemental Organ Fetish Kit
Residual Matrix Fertility Figure
MonaD Pagoda/ Micro-Theater Maquette
Icosahedral Intersex Fertility Vessel
MonaD Petting Zoo
Petting Zoo close-up
Petting Zoo w/ Interaction
This project was executed with a Brooklyn based art combine in Stradbally, Ireland as a part of the Electric Picnic Festival in 2008. Meant to be an interactive sculpture and "Green Carnival Ride", it was a wind and waterwheel powered 360 degree swing.
This Lower East side Restaurant opened late summer of 2013. Most of the metalwork fixtures were custom built by IRISFAB, including major portions of the main staircase and the hand rails, the unique bar tap handles and portions of the custom woodworking.
IRISFAB has worked closely with the artist Swoon since 2005 with her inaugural gallery installation at Deitch Projects.
Several partnerships followed including the Swimming cities of the Switchback Seas (2008) on the Hudson and East Rivers, and Swimming Cities of Serenissima (2009) in the north Adriatic and Venice, Italy. Both projects were traveling graphic, theatrical and sculptural interventions powered by custom made motor driven art rafts.
Titan Monad are conceived as massive interactive signifiers of essential universal unity.
They are impatiently waiting to manifest in actual reality.
These are two large scale sculptures by artist Mike Ross. in 2007 IRISFAB filled out the volunteer skeleton crew that victoriously completed Big Rig Jig on schedule for the Burning Man festival. The sculpture is made from 2 reconfigured semi trucks and tanker trailers. It scheduled to be permanently installed in Las Vegas, Spring 2015
In 2010 we returned to assist with fabrication of Jet Kiss, a public sculpture build from decommissioned A-4 fighter jets. It was comissioned by the city of Seattle and will be installed as a part of their new light rail/subway system in 2016.
Backyard staircase in Brooklyn, NY with blackened steel finish, stainless cables and Ipe treads/handrail.
This boutique coffee bar is located at Houston and Bowery. IRISFAB was responsible for fabrication, re-design and installation of the unique wrap-around counter-top, bar and bench which is the centerpiece of one of the most attractive micro-cafes in Manhatan.
Greenlight Bookstore, located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was built by IRISFAB in fall of 2009.
This cabinet and shelving unit was built with Ben Cohen for "Cabinets of Wonder" exhibit at the Childrens Museum of Arts New York.
IRISFAB worked closely with museum management to design and build the "Gypsy Gallery" as a modular flexible format display unit which can be deployed as a single or double tier array.
We occasionally do custom furniture design and fabrication.
Clean lines and quality finishes.
Barn-wood and industrial flooring wall paneling with "floating" steel re-inforced joist shelving.
In Spring 2005 Jeff Stark organized an art collective called The Amateurs. Paintball By Numbers was the only project we all executed together. This we did in 3 stages; Flux Factory in Queens, NY; Urban Festival in Zabreb, Croatia; and Robodock Festival at NDSM Warf in Amsterdam, NL. At each venue we made unique firing turrets and murals.
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