I wanted to make a machine that mimicked the movement of the tiny fins of my beta fish and found the “Ornithopter”.

“A machine designed to achieve flight by means of flapping wings.”



20160612_170936I Started looking for artists that make automata and tiny machinery and felt really exited to start making again, not seeing any obstructions like I did last year with a lot of things I made . I found the artist David Beck that “simply” explanes what fascinates him and It’s not that abstract, high literary or complicated. He is inspired by 17th century des Cabinets de Curiosités and makes intamately scaled creatures he is fascinated by and sets them in to movent by tiny cranks

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David Beck

David Beck’s work is inspired by 17th century des Cabinets de Curiosités. From carved wood, brass, and paint, Beck creates a fantasia of nature that is both humorous and ominous. These intimately scaled and intricately crafted figures of moths, fish, and elephants fly, swim, and bare their fangs by means of small hand cranks. As John Parks has written, ‘initially the senses are entertained by the extravagant detail of the carving, the intricate movements of the figures and the curious sounds they sometimes make. The works invite wonder in the same way a marvelous and complicated toy captivates a child.’
Although it references Joseph Cornell, German Gothic carving, American folk art, Outsider art, Asian art, comic book humor, European cabinetry, and certain 18th century European mechanical toys, Beck’s work is without peer in contemporary art. His work has been exhibited in many major national and international museums, including the Fundació ‘la Caixa’ in Barcelona, Spain, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.