Featured Artist ||| Tom Haney (Atlanta, GA)
This week’s Featured Artist is Tom Haney. He charmed and captivated us with his intricate kinetic art sculptures. Each piece is carefully detailed; from the expression of each face, to the props used, and the clothing they wear; each character seems to have it’s own mysterious life and story.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1962, Tom Haney became fascinated by mechanical movement at the age of two where he became separated from his family in a museum. In subsequent years, his fascination would manifest itself often - he regularly took apart household items, much to his parents’ disapproval.
“Being mostly self-taught, I’m excited to see the progress I have made, and look forward to where my work might go next. With each piece I try to push my work forward - I try out different techniques; challenge myself with a new mechanical movement; and am always working on making my pieces outlast me. I don’t want to be in the business of repairing them, so I try to find ways to make them maintenance-free.”
Transfixed by a mechanical diorama, Haney took art classes in high school and attended college studying Industrial Design. Before becoming a full-time artist in 2000, his professional work consisted of making props, models and miniatures for television commercials, still photographers, and motion pictures.
“When I started making kinetic art in ‘94, I wasn’t aware of many other folks doing this kind of artwork. I’m inspired by other kinetic artists I’ve met through the Internet. I’m also inspired by painters, ceramicist, doll makers, film makers, and mixed media artists,” said Haney.
Haney currently has shows at Red Truck Gallery in New Orleans and Brentano’s in NYC. He also recently co-directed a music video with LA-based singer songwriter, Lucy Schwartz. He also made the marionette and all the small props. Click here to see the video.
To follow Tom Haney’s upcoming projects, and to see more work visit his website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and his blog.
Written by: Jocelyn Carranza