The Steam Powered Art Factory

The Steam Powered Art Factory An art Gallery in a small house full of hand made art ,prints,and sculptures ,paintings, Chinese paintings , with two robots proudly standing outside.

A small and neat little house full of strange and wonderful art,Oh yes with two six foot robot standing just outside

Operating as usual

Its that time once again To celebrate life on this planet I am now sixty-seven years of age here, on my planet fourteen ...
08/12/2019

Its that time once again
To celebrate life on this planet I am now sixty-seven years of age here, on my planet fourteen years of age, I prefer the later. I would like to thank all my friends, colleges, and family’s for all your kind words. And to also thank my dear wife and wonderful son for a great life. As well as grandma and grandpa my wife parents who have been saying with us for brief time very sweet people and wonderful cooks. And did I mention art that road remains extremely exciting as well grateful for all the above, best.

I was amazed once again art in the hands of yet another talented group the crew at Bergdorf Goodman. Of course it was ra...
08/08/2019

I was amazed once again art in the hands of yet another talented group the crew at Bergdorf Goodman. Of course it was raining but then the lights came on OMG very cinematic, each window as like a movie. Art Goodman models,Robots and shadows, the windows are huge and have lights like a Broadway theater in each. They told me my images were so strong they only needed a light pattern background. All I know the hair on the back of my neck stood up this was amazing. The shadows they are made were visually exciting. Sill working today adjusting lights and I will get info posted as well as FIT will be tagged and rightly so, what a night!

its moving
08/02/2019

its moving

Well they say that the show must go on, and so it is. I am simply watching back at my studio, as various photos come in from people who are documenting this artistic event and journey. It is as if the show has gained its own energy and is moving forward while I am peaking from behind the curtains kind of fun.
I’m completely consumed with the creating of the art but not so the showing so special thanks to my fellow friends and artists Mike Garland, Joe Ciardiello and Melanie Reim who came all the way out to my studio and hand picked through the piles for the ones they liked.
Its kind of like the art pieces have now become movie stars in NYC, or maybe people could simply just use a little fantasy right now, its good for the soul.
Ok so it’s of to Bergdorf’s, best

This photo was just sent to me by Lobsang Tsewang the FIT gallery junior director and shows designer, under Austin Thoma...
07/26/2019

This photo was just sent to me by Lobsang Tsewang the FIT gallery junior director and shows designer, under Austin Thomas senior gallery designer. Who’s combined talents made this event so visually wonderful and amazing. The daily crowds he told me were over whelming, the show was a major hit. And now my students movement and sound illustrated story films have reached a new audience as well. It’s a much younger group then I had expected and they all loved “Tommie the Little Boy who grew up by the Sea “, very much as well.
As this parting shot clearly shows we are at FIT are modeling the future, creatively paving new paths for thee next generation to follow. I am very proud of my twenty years at FIT; it was work but not a job for me a bit of an honor to be with young impassioned talents for all those many years. I should not say this but I enjoyed my professorship very much a cross between coach, a third parent, a parish priest and or rabbi, and their first job employer. And having to wear many hats as art instructor, art director, digital advisor, and overall creative problem solver, in each and every class, remember FIT is where talent meets technology, skills that pay the bills.
And stepping back even further FIT provides the young talent in the tri state area a chance to come and develop their talent and skills we need more of this. And I also feel that when people can find them selves and grow and develope, we are all contributing to making the world a better place in which to live, love, and prosper.

I am now back on my boat just thinking once again about all the amazing kind words and input. I need now to be back to s...
07/22/2019

I am now back on my boat just thinking once again about all the amazing kind words and input. I need now to be back to sea once again in order to find and listen to my voice. Just rolling with the evening swells and thinking such a nice place to be. The sea is alive and for me and Tommie and me full of ideas to be brought to life and made into art, so thank you all
Our next port of call will be Fifth Avenue Bergdorf Goodman, for the whole of NYC to view my art for the entire month of August what will come of this. Well we must wait and see, and stay creative as the journey continues.

Oh my!
07/10/2019

Oh my!

This just in
Hi Chris- there has been so many visitors!
People LOVE this show. It is spreading love throughout the city and out into the universe!

INQUIRY FROM BERGDORF GOODMAN
We love this work, and wish to show, the Robots are going uptown
5th Avenue display windows next month Dates would be August 6-27
The love continues and the show goes on!

I am amazed! in shock actually

Yes Rocket Ships
07/06/2019

Yes Rocket Ships

Yes we have rocket ships and robots on display

This Just InThe show will now be extended a week longer, through July 18th due to popular demand and interest.Which is a...
06/08/2019

This Just In
The show will now be extended a week longer, through July 18th due to popular demand and interest.
Which is a bit nuts since it has not opened yet and is still going up. But many have been peaking in through the glass gallery walls and they say the buzz is rather good. This is a ground floor gallery and is open to the public. Yes we need a rocket ship or how else will we, or Tommie, get to the moon. My wife Jing Bao has given the robots a few dance steps, and it has been reported that late at night the robots are been spotted dancing in the lobby. It seems the city with all its energy and excitement has gone to their hard dives.
Modeling The Future
June 13 - July 18, 2019
Opening Reception
Gallery Lobby D130, 27th street the and 7th Avenue
Thursday, June 13, 2019
4 - 7 PM

06/06/2019
Spollen Art

The Artwork of Chris Spollen
Modeling The Future
June 13 - July 11, 2019
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 13, 2019
4 - 7 PM
The first hundred and fifty folks who make it to the opening will get this free and signed collectable art booklet.

Braking NewsStaten Island artist, sculptor; professor Chris Spollen is having a major show of his extensive years of pur...
06/02/2019

Braking News
Staten Island artist, sculptor; professor Chris Spollen is having a major show of his extensive years of pure creativity. Etchings, artworks, and robots a compete perspective of his time spent in pure compulsive making. The opening is set for June 13 2019 4-7. Gallery D130, 27th street the and 7th Avenue so stay tuned.
Also this just in Staten Island Superman, The Shanghi Hell Cat, and Angus the mad Russian Ape will be attending the opening.
The title of the show is “Modeling the Future”, and as he often tells his students we have and eye to the future but with a leg set firmly in the past. FIT has the two tees its where talent meets technology, and his classes are not animation, but the student work does come alive by applying the now in classroom modern technology.
Also on the big screen a selection of the Professors short art flicks as well as his students flicks, stories that are all hand made, drawn, with skills that pay the bills. All washed in pure imagination they both move and have sound its the future for sure! This for will be a once in a lifetime event.

Rocket’s, Robots, Flying Saucers, and do not forget Robo-tons, our factory remains in full output mode. As long as the s...
04/30/2019

Rocket’s, Robots, Flying Saucers, and do not forget Robo-tons, our factory remains in full output mode. As long as the steam lines are up and running art continues to be created. Despite the wind, or rain we have our boilers fired up and the production line is moving art for art sake. We pride ourselves on self-reliance and innovative concepts even if they’re a bit out of this world.
Oh the pure bliss of simple solitude.

The Sir Edward Zeppelin 1924 Scale model proposed by the Embry Riddle CompanyThis flying machine is a bit of an oddity i...
04/24/2019

The Sir Edward Zeppelin 1924
Scale model proposed by the Embry Riddle Company
This flying machine is a bit of an oddity in that it appears to be on first look a lighter than air zeppelin. But in fact it was a semi rigid canvas and wood zeppelin shaped flying machine. Inside its formed and stretched hard body were three large helium filled tanks, they supplied all the needed lift required for lighter than air flight. The real secret here are the two side mounted Royals’ Royce airplane engines. When both engines were fired up this zeppelin could average an aeronautical forward speed of over twenty-five knots. This machine was an aerodynamic speedster of its day and could carry two pilots and four passengers.
This design was also experiential in that it was one of the first flying machines to use a set o rear exhaust turbo boosters. When the exhaust from the two side Royals Royce engines were rechanneled and refired it cold boost the forward speed of this machine by another five aero miles’ for a total speed of thirty miles and hour.
This is a just a scale model of the concept project for this project its was found about ten years ago in Blackshear England in the now abounded early twenties Embry Riddle Company aircraft factory.
Art from “A Re-Imagined World” the on going series ,from “Rocketships and Robots” (Sculptures and Prints by artist Chris Spollen}

The Robert Fulton Flier 1810 New YorkAMERICAN INVENTOR and an amazing thinker, Fulton the son of Irish immigrants.Robert...
04/18/2019

The Robert Fulton Flier 1810 New York

AMERICAN INVENTOR and an amazing thinker, Fulton the son of Irish immigrants.
Robert Fulton, (1765, Lancaster Pennsylvania [U.S.] died 1815, New York, New York), American inventor, engineer, and artist who brought steam boating from the experimental stage to commercial success. He also designed a system of inland waterways, and a submarine, and a steam warship.
But few people know that Mr. Fulton actually went a bit further with his thinking here when Robert began his interest in hydrogen gas and his knowledge of boilers and steam powered engines. He conceived of a heavier then air ship that could fly into the heavens above. He actually made a protype of this design in August 12 1810 little else is known of this machine except that it was actually spotted on the banks of the Hudson River in 1818.
This is the actual scale model protype of his “Flying Fulton Steam Boat” idea.
In fact this scale model has been reported to been found in the basement of the John Noble Museum located in Staten Island New York. This is foreseeable given the fact that Robert Fulton was keenly aware of the lower New York harbor and bay as well as the Hudson River. And He also lived and worked in New York in his later years but alas this rumor is still unstained.

Art from “A Re-Imagined World” the on going series “Work Boats” (Sculptures and Prints by artist Chris Spollen}

“Tinny” the baby robot gets, “Liberty”Professor how does my new headpiece look? Do I now look like the Stature of Libert...
04/16/2019

“Tinny” the baby robot gets, “Liberty”
Professor how does my new headpiece look? Do I now look like the Stature of Liberty?
Well “Tinny” you’re not quite ready for standing in New York Harbor, maybe come the fourth of July or better yet “Happy Easter” my little metal bunny!

The Robot-ton, “Pedro De La Tan” 1804 France The Robot-ton “Pedro De La Tan” presented to Napoleon Bonaparte of France A...
04/12/2019

The Robot-ton, “Pedro De La Tan” 1804 France

The Robot-ton “Pedro De La Tan” presented to Napoleon Bonaparte of France After, he crowned himself emperor in 1804
Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 –1821) was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars.
It has been said that this was one of Napoleons favorite possessions and that he would stare at it late into the evenings as he sipped his fine French wines. Although this Robot-ton, “Pedro De La Tan” was very limited in both movemet and sound Napoleon would love to stare at it as the inner workings as they spun and hummed.
This Robot-ton clearly displays the ideas of a mathematical science and of motion that bring this work to full fruition, and reflect that the creator was clearly influenced by the work Sir Isaac Newton.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642 –1726) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author who are widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and a key figure in the scientific revolution.
Sir Isaac influenced many artisans in his mechanical ability and his skill in building models of machines, such as clocks and windmills.
This is an all steel and hard wood sculpture measuring thirty inches in height and twenty-two inches in width, sixteen inches in depth.
This is a rare and classical example of one of a kind hand French craftsmanship of the eighteen hundreds and is a rare find.

From a current series of all metal sculpture’s “Retro Robot -ton s” old school European French
English Dutch and Chinese early auto-ton A.I.
{An All-metal Sculpture. Made in the USA}

“Shaky the Flying Snakie “A flying, talking, walking, and running early A. I. Holland 1884 Designed to both fly, walk, a...
04/08/2019

“Shaky the Flying Snakie “
A flying, talking, walking, and running early A. I. Holland 1884

Designed to both fly, walk, and talk, but he spoke with a forked tongue, hence the nickname “Snakie”. He always spoke with half-truths and white lies he would never tell the truth.
Designed to sneak in and around Holland’s most productive and secretive factories to observe production formats and production ideas, and report back to the then highly competitive corporate Dutch Industrial leaders.
Some confused him for a bird or a squirrel but in fact he was all was an all ears and eyes early A.I. stealing information from around every corner and window that he could find.
It always amazing when an idea fly’s back in time into the minds eye and enters the creative pool and flow once again. This was an early etching of mine a print entitled “Spiral Thrust”. This image originally came to me in nineteen seventy seven but now its back in full three dimension mode, great fun to rekindle and fire it up in real life and the feel of real steel.
From a current series of all metal sculpture’s “Retro Robot -ton s” old school European French
English Dutch and Chinese early auto-ton A.I.
{An All-metal Sculpture. Made in the USA by artist Chris Spollen}

The Da Vinci Flyer 1489 Little has been known until recently about Leonardo Da Vinci’s (1452 – 1519). almost strange and...
04/02/2019

The Da Vinci Flyer 1489

Little has been known until recently about Leonardo Da Vinci’s (1452 – 1519). almost strange and single focus obsession with the adventures of fellow Italian innovator and explorer Christopher Columbus (1451 –1506). Da Vinci made hundreds of drawing of Columbus’s three ships the Nina the Pinto and the Santa Maria. As well as he read every journal and record he cold get his hands on requarding Columbus’s journey of discovery.
This was now all possible because at this point in Da Vinci’s life he had been invited to live in France by the king so he had more time to experiment and explore. The King of France had long been an admirer of all of Da Vinci’s work.
In this piece Da Vinci actually made the base of his concept design a full on scale model of the Santa Maria, but he carefully added hot air boilers, wind sales, coal steam, and some form of mechanical engines in the form of propellers. Da Vinci was obsessed with exploring the heavens above rather of the new lands below here on earth. Both Da Vinci and Christopher Columbus shared the same inquisitive minds and a need to explore the yet unknown. The only difference was that Di Vinci by being an inventor was engaged in making the actual machines that would help mankind to go up and explore the heavens above.
It has ben rumored that Staten Islands very own home town artist John Noble (1913–1983) when viewing this piece at the NY Metropolitan museum in nineteen sixty eight was drawn to laughter, this would have made a wonderful studio for me for sure.
And as Lenardo Da Vinci told me very late last night my dear professor the best way to think and imagine is to simply let go to disconnect.
You dream it, and then sketch it, and then you make it, so good luck my dear professor and above all else keep making please.
But none of this would be possible with out the help of an ever-growing team of friends and admirers who both encourage and donate amazing materials. Gabriel Wettenstein a high-end re-cycler, Ed Arso neighbor, a tool and machine maker engineer, Peter Thibeault an amazing furniture maker with an excellent
Eye for the really good materials and my neighbors Mike and Joy Cummings who drop off amazing boxes of grandmas old and unwanted silver coated plates and trays.
This is a rather large sculpture measuring 36” high x 32” wide and 16” deep
Composed of wood iron and steel, and made in the USA

Art from “A Re-Imagined World” the on going series “Work Boats” (Sculptures and Prints by artist Chris Spollen}

Were all steamed up and burning some very fine number seven coal flying deep into outer space we are looking the world o...
03/26/2019

Were all steamed up and burning some very fine number seven coal flying deep into outer space we are looking the world over for an honest man, are you?
We are currently cruising the heavens above in search of for what was once termed “Truth, Justice and the American Way”.
“And please remember what gain it a man if he steals the world but loses his soul” preaching from the heavens above, so sorry
(Actually we are on a location scouting flight for the up coming “Tommie the little boy who grew up by the sea” story}

The Print Making Years Now I know were my early etchings went, probably purchased from Mauro Graphics on Staten Island i...
03/22/2019

The Print Making Years
Now I know were my early etchings went, probably purchased from Mauro Graphics on Staten Island in or about 1976.All kidding aside my entire body of work all my prints from 1971 to 1985 were boxed up and put in storage on Staten island in 1985.And then sadly all my zinc etching plates were then stolen never to be found or returned. A tremendous amount of art a great personal loss for me, time however heals all and the art continues to evolve. If anyone out there has any early prints of mine they are now truly of value and worth.
The next part of the artistic journey a purchase of a five thousand dollar “Repro Master”, stat camera 4’ x4’ and a fully loaded home made dark room photo paper trays of all sizes and a full size stat processor machine. A major device in the now distant and forgotten photomechanical age. All in the bedroom of my Staten Island apartment, I got to pay the bills! Black and white stats of high contrast art overnight anybody?

(Artist: Staten Island N.Y. John Noble in his floating studio (1913–1983)

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Happy birthday in heaven to my brother, Chris Spollen!! Tom and I miss you every day and my kids talk about you all the time with fond memories of their godfather. Everyone misses your wit, your creativity and your love. It was about this time last year that you entered the hospital for the last time. Of course, we didn't know that as the people around you chose not to tell your family. I am sorry for that; I am sorry that no one thought to ask why you suddenly believed we could not be in your life after being in your life since the day we were all born. We understand how you could be influenced and taken advantage of as your illness advanced. And we are so very, very sorry. The only answer as to why someone would do such a thing is, of course, a desire to control. We would have interfered with certain plans or presented different ideas. We know now you were controlled emotionally and financially. Those last years of your life were difficult - but now you are living in a place where no one can mock you or call you "an old man" - you have the peace you deserve. The funny thing about social media is it can be used to create a narrative. We have sat quietly and watched the narrative created around you unfold for almost a year now. We have remained silent about what we saw, a narrative that is quite a bit different from the one presented. This is probably an uncomfortable post for some to read. Imagine the discomfort of a family reading about someone's death on a post. THAT'S pretty uncomfortable. So this birthday, Chris, has a bit of Karma. We know you are sometimes with us, and we imagine you happy now, working away in your Steam-Powered-Art-Factory. You were happiest in your life when you were creating, and that is how we like to envision you. And we are sorry you had to face your death without us and that not one in your family could say goodbye. Know that we miss you, we love you and you are always with us. Always. Love, Anne, Tom, Christopher, Philip and Emma Mariah