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OMA hosts 1st Thursdays steampunk art party

May 2, 2013
'The Navigator' by Lawrence Munne

‘The Navigator’ by Lawrence Munne

Thursday, May 2 – 1st Thursday Boiler Plate Ball: Steampunk Steps Out
6 p.m.
Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave.

What drives steampunk art and design, other than the obvious, is a rejection of modernity in favor of a futuristic-yet-retro approach to wrestling that old argument of form versus function. At this week’s 1st Thursdays art party at OMA, you’re invited to a Boiler Plate Ball to view the works of local artists like Jason Lake, whose impressive recycled metalwork is twisted into playful, architectural sculptures that belong as much in the gallery as they do in your yard. There will also be live music from DeLand steampunk band the Cog Is Dead, an artist demonstration by Steve Piscitelli and spoken word by Logan Anderson, who we’ve seen explore surreal territories before at OMA. Fact and fantasy is the basis for much of steampunk culture, whether it’s literary, visual, film or fashion; there’s always a wink and a nod to the 19th century that’s melded with the liberated vision of science fiction. Don’t mind the rust. – Ashley Belanger

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