Sep 17, 2013
Lost & Found - Portrait Of A Tinkerer
'One man's garbage is another man's treasure.' That's the saying that comes to mind while checking out Joey Bania's fun portrait of a New Zealand based inventor living in a remote forest in the South Islands. Incredibly ingenious and a tinkerer at heart, Blair Somerville's curiosity is really inspiring to watch, and his entire environment is just visually rich and fun to look at. Every available space, organic and inorganic is imbued with some form of mechanism, bringing everything to life with his incredible range of automata.
For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspire.