Born in Bergen, Norway, Christopher Conte was raised and currently lives in New York. After earning a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art (BFA) from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he began working in the prosthetics field making artificial limbs for amputees which he did for 16 years as a Certified Prosthetist.
Throughout his time in the field, Chris worked in obscurity creating biomechanical sculptures which reflected his love for biomechanics, anatomy and robotics. In June 2008, he left the field to begin his career as a full-time artist.
Christopher uses a wide range of experience along with diverse materials and construction techniques to create his unique one-of-a-kind pieces. The work is usually a combination of original cast components with found/recycled parts using materials ranging from bronze to carbon fiber. Many of the exotic materials used in both the aerospace industry and the medical field have found their way into his work.
While a strong connection with future technologies is present in all of Chris work, ancient techniques such as lost-wax bronze casting have become an integral part of the process as well. The process involved in creating just one sculpture can often take weeks or even months.
In 2007, Christopher began offering these unique pieces for sale through galleries for the first time. In May 2008, Chris work went on display in a two person show at Last Rites Gallery owned by the legendary tattoo artist, Paul Booth. Less than one month later one of his sculptures went on display in National Museum in Washington DC.
His sculptures have appeared on The Discovery Channel, Discover Magazine, Wired Magazine, MTV Networks and in Popular Science Magazine. His work has also sparked the interest of the FBI, Lockheed Martin, and in 2008, Chris began working closely with former Northrop Grumman engineers and model makers.
In March 2009 Chris was asked to speak, take questions, and display his work at an international technology and design conference in Sweden called Material Fusion. In June 2009 Chris loaned several of his sculptures to the oldest museum in the United States, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass for a one year exhibition.
This is a pair of steampunk engineer goggles which have a medium blue base coat and are highlighted with a metallic silver finish. They have been painted and sealed with a flat sealer. They also have pewter colored extension rings that are highlighted with aluminum sand-offs. Each eye piece is decorated with a distressed silver finished metal wing and gears which are mounted to the sides with chrome acorn nuts. Hexagonal stand-offs are also mounted on each side . They include 2-50 mm poly carbonate clear lenses, 2-50 mm shade 3 green lenses, and an elastic adjustable head band. The lenses are removable and interchangeable. One of a kind. Thanks for browsing.
New York Steampunk Apartment Can Be Yours for $1,750,000
It sounds like a lot of money, I know, but keep in mind this is the Big Apple and were not talking about your average apartment. Featuring a beautiful steampunk interior complete with submarine-style front door and colorful zeppelins flying down from the ceiling, this truly is a geeks dream home. Noritz, and American film-maker, bought the open-space loft in 2006, for $1,3 million, and even though it was in good condition, it was just too conservative and compartmentalized for his taste. Inspired by steampunk design and photos of zeppelins, he set out to turn his pad into a unique experience for visitors and himself.
This “antipodium PC” is a really creative example of the genre. It kind of looks like a ship’s wheel on a voyage to Steampunkville, of course.
Deep in the antipodean wilderness one man struggled to find the reason as to why he was constantly compelled to find new ways to join old brass and steel machine parts together to create spectacularly useless mechanical devices.
Then a good friend introduced the world of steampunk to this man
Eureka he cried (appropriately) I now not only have a reason for my eccentricity but a global community to grow even more eccentric with.
Thus the journey began. But first communication methods had to be established and this would require a suitably modified communicator device. Exploration of the field revealed several amazingly modified boxed devices, but he had something more in mind.
It all began with a plough disc. This innocent round metal plate was the inspiration for a multi armed, articulated, cabled device that would look entirely at home on the workbench in the laboratory of any self respecting steampunk tinkerer. The plough disc sat idle until the most successful hunting trip uncovered the jackhammer a most beautiful item that became the hub of all things to come.
This keyboard features a mix of polished brass and aluminum in a stepped, layered, Art Deco style which was inspired loosely by the Deco design of the Chrysler Building. The name has a bit of a double meaning because in addition to the Chrysler Building being in New York and acting as an iconic symbol of the city, “New Yorker” is also the name of a model of Chrysler car.
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This is a pair of steampunk engineer goggles which have a black base coat finish highlighted with pewter. Each eye piece is decorated with a silver wing and gears which are mounted to the sides. They include 2-50 mm clear lenses, 2-50 mm #3 green shaded lenses, and an elastic adjustable head band. The lenses are removable and interchangeable. One of a kind. Thanks for browsing.
Last year was a good one for us, with lots of interesting events, and for the fact that I finished five projects! Yes, indeed, so please forgive me for feeling quite proud of myself for thatokay, thats enough, because my ambition this year is to finish more than five projects!
Already, this month, we have the Jaunt to Whisby Nature Reserve to look forward to, and two Lincoln COGS get-togethers at our new location, the lovely Craftea Cafe on Melville Street. (For the uninitiated, COGS stands for Crafters Of Great Splendour!)
This weekend will see us participating in the noble art of Tea Duelling at the uni, with that splendid chap, Dr Porridge as Tiffin Master, ably assisted by Robert. So, what is a lady to wear for such shenanigans?
At the moment, a fair bit of our steampunk wardrobe is packed away while we attempt to transform our library (which ended up as the Trebus Room!) into a sewing/crafting roombut it just feels like a big game of musical junkwithout the music! We will get there eventually, fingers crossed, then there will be no stopping me!
Next month is a friends steampunk birthday party, March is the annual jaunt to the National Railway Museum in York, April we will return to Whitby, and August sees the return of a most splendid Weekend at the Asylum. Soon the diary will be filling up with more interesting events, COGS meets, and punknics as the weather improves. In fact, I cant wait for what this year has to offer, because whatever it isit will be trulysplendid!
At Edison we often work with design students on various lighting projects and it always amazes us what inventive products they come up with. We were recently sent the finished result of Sherly Herlianas woven pendant light and love the beautiful sculptural nature of it. Sherly is an industrial design student at RMIT.
Croatian artist Ivan Mavrovic turns modern technology into steampunk gadgets that still retain their functionality.
In a world where everyone seems interested only in getting their hands on the latest futuristic designs when it comes to gadgets, some, like Ivan Mavrovic, prefer to look back in history, to the time of the Victorian era, when brass, copper and wood were the main ingredients that made things cool. But interlacing modern tech with steampunk design isnt easy, especially if you want to maintain functionality, but Croatian steampunk enthusiast Ivan Mavrovic does a fantastic job. Not only do his retro-cell phones look incredibly cool, but they also work as well as normal modern-day phones. They may not be as feature-full as todays smartphones, but his sturdy converted Nokia phones work perfectly and make gorgeous accessories.