industrial tribal art

Rescue masks from the 19th century
It is a common cliché that anthropologists are fascinated by masks, even obsessed sometimes. Hence it was high time to post something on masks in here. If the two above pictured specimen from Steve ‘Radio-Guy’ Erenberg‘s collection seem vaguely familiar to you, then read Steve’s fine article at ‘Collectors Weekly’ to hear about an astounding theory. About the origin of his collection Steve says:

More than 30 years ago, my wife, Helene, and I started collecting. She loved tribal masks—African, Oceanic, Indonesian, etc.—while I focused on medical, scientific, and industrial artifacts.
    I’ve spent my career as a creative director, painter, and sculptor, so I always approached collecting as an artist. Over the years, without even realizing it, our collections began to influence each other until they merged into their own unique specialty. We now think of this new genre as industrial tribal art. Whether it’s medical teaching mannequins and headgear, early smoke rescue helmets, or industrial masks, when properly displayed, these objects have the visual presence of tribal masks.

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  • klandestino Sunday, 19th December 2010 at 23:07

    As a watch-aficionado I once was introduced into steampunk-watches made by Haruo Suekichi
    Crazy stuff. He makes about 6.000-7.000 watches a year!

    My kindergarten was special and, being a bit rural, emphasised crafts. We learned to make ships out of scrap wood with hammers, nails and saws in addition to other clay figures. So I had a background of craft since kindergarten — I’d say it’s the root of my career.
    I also always liked taking things apart to see what’s actually inside the mechanism, I admire it. These days, nano technology is just too small for my hands!(…)Myself and my watches are often misunderstood because I get categorised as an artist and I have many artist friends — but I wouldn’t call myself an artist. I just make and create stuff and really enjoy the making process.

    As far as I know, there isn’t a big market for this kind of watches. Only two or three brand produce some kind of steampunk-watches (I don’t wanna write names ;) ).
    Mostly they’re individual creations which makes this genre so impressively interesting!