The call for props came in on a Friday afternoon.
Friday evening, I was designing and creating guns.
The following Tuesday…there were three.
Just to explain something first, I am a responsible gun owner, but I don’t talk about guns all the time, I don’t purchase magazines, look at gun websites or belong to the NRA.
It is what it is.
So the thought of creating guns in the context of steampunk/Foundpunk was something new and kinda exciting. It was an opportunity to do more in the form of costuming and photography props that didn’t require a functionality outside of being props.
I know, with the ongoing debate about gun violence and gun ownership, I have to admit, I feel slightly conflicted about creating these “prop” guns (especially, the “EM ‘Elijah McCoy’ INVENTOR” machine gun, because of the close likeness to a real weapon) but, I have to keep in mind, these are non-functional…therefore an artistic representation of guns for the purpose of design and imagery.
Hopefully, that will translate to the viewer of the FOUNDPUNK “Prop” Guns.
Because, if you look closely, they are cool pieces of design and creation from found objects, and a 3-dimensional illustration of how my creative mind works when applied to something when given an ideal and an opportunity.
#1. The “GWC ‘George Washington Carver’ INVENTOR”
#2. The “FOUNDPUNK WASP”
#3. The “EM ‘ELIJAH McCOY’ INVENTOR”
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With RVA being a bike town, I feel like this maybe something people would like to have to make the travel on two wheels more practical…and stylish!
(FOUNDPUNK = Practical Art for Everyday Use!)
It’s lightweight, moves with the natural motion of the bike and is comfortable to ride with. When we did test rides, it didn’t even feel like it was back there!
So, The BIKE TRAILER, DOGkART, FOUNDPUNK are what I’ll be looking to continually experiment and expand with to make that future for myself, and hopefully create jobs for a few people in the process…
Least that’s what the universe is telling me I should do…
and it hasn’t let me down yet.
It started with an old bench that was given to me by a friend that was moving away.
I had no use for it and the money from selling it outright would have helped a little.
The offer was for it as is would have been $25, but as a refurbished bench, it would cost more.
Within 15 minutes, someone took it up!
When the first bench was completed, it was delivered and, to my surprise, the client requested that I refurbish, not only the bench she had in her yard, but the matching bench parts I had stored in my yard as well.
Now I had two benches to refurbish / build in the FOUNDPUNK studio.
Between the spurts of bad weather and limited working space to store and work on two benches of this size, I problem solved, space made, found a workflow and got it done!
Here’s the process they had to go through.
Right after being laid off from my graphic design employment after four years, I decided to become more heavily involved with the art world and making the studio the key in making a future for myself.
The BIRDHOUSE FARMERS MARKET TRAILER was the largest and most unique project to come to the #FOUNDPUNK studio. The mission was to take a water damaged, heavily used teardrop trailer and refurbish it to be used as marketing and transport for the market. Thanx to Bar Codez and the folks at the Birdhouse Farmers Market for trusting my capabilities and allowing me the opportunity to test my skills in design, wood working and the use of found objects to bring this once beaten trailer back to life.
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While spending time in the studio, I figured it’d be cool to create a video about the Cityscapes In Noir series that could explain the inspiration and the reaction to the painting series by the viewing, art buying public.
Give it a look and enjoy!
RAMSEY on the Cityscapes In Noir Series
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The latest custom piece from the FOUNDPUNK Studio.
The DOGkART needed to be light weight, so metal conduit (lightweight, tubular metal) was welded and used for the chassis. Also, to maintain a light weight, a crutch was used for the handle, which telescopes to adjust to the height for the user. Child bicycle wheels and casters were added for mobility and secured with aluminum for stability. The crate is made from Craft wood, also keeping weight in mind, with an added basket for carrying bags and such. All paint was sprayed teal with a gloss clear coat for protection.
I have to admit, after being contacted a while ago about the FOUNDPUNK Unique Wrist Wear Wristbands being put in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Museum Shop… then “crickets,” I thought it would turn out to be yet another unfulfilled venture.
But, then it happened!
From the VMFA Facebook page…(don’t believe me? The link is below!):
“Artist Keith M Ramsey is one of the VMFA Shop’s newest Virginia jewelry artists.”
“Unique Wrist Wear by RAMSEY | FOUNDPUNK
Designed for men and women, these are unique, wearable pieces of art. Each one is created from authentic, antique newspapers dating from the year 1932 to about 1965, mounted to hand-cut sheet metal. The leather is Austin Double Shoulder and connected by grinded and polished metal hardware. Each one is uniquely designed and signed by the artist.”
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THE BACK STORY
Gimini invited random strangers from different backgrounds and various ages to draw a bicycle from memory. The results were hilariously honest!
But when viewing the accompanying graphic renderings Gimini designed, they became stunning images of design…and I couldn’t stop looking at them.
The one nagging feeling I couldn’t shake was that these were 2-dimensional, and as beautiful as the were, they couldn’t be physically touched or appreciated from all sides.
As I continued looking at these images over a period of months, I began to think more about producing one. I found an abandoned bike laying in the street,
and as I passed it I thought “…if you’re still here when I come back, you’re meant for me.”
So, I get the bike back to the workshop and a few days later begin deconstructing it down to the basic parts.
The main idea was not to mimic what Gimini has done with the drawings, but to create design from what the materials allowed me. Though I wanted to explore the visual characteristics that held my interest in Gimini’s renderings ( i.e. bold colors, interesting shapes, glossy finishes, etc,) I wanted to maintain a visceral reaction that made the viewer feel as though this impossible contraption could be ridden.
The finished work was a bicycle, redesigned into a conceptual art piece. The motivation behind the FOUNDPUNK ARTBIEK is to share the reaction I had, and continue to have, when looking deeper at everyday objects such as bicycles. Realizing I’ve gained a new appreciation for those familiar designs.
Gianluca Gimini’s renderings has given me inspiration and encourages me to take time and look at bicycles a little longer than I used to.
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This is a movie project I spent time shooting clips in the studio over the summer. It was just recently when I decided to put those videos together by compiling voice over, music and editing to it make a short movie about my artwork. Hopefully this will explain what I do as an artist…
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The event, including lights, cameras and at least one GoPro, started with Khalima Sikorskyand Gene Domingo asking to do a Steampunk themed photo shoot using my space. I was honored I was the one they asked (because I knew I had the goods to pull it off!)
This event has made me feel an overwhelming sense of pride because of the strikingly beautiful imagery that has been produced by an incredible group of professional photographers and an awesome bunch of people to work with.
As far as the work, it has been designed and created under the personal code and ethic of being honest in the work, these photos present FOUNDPUNK beyond what I could have ever dreamed. Although, there was the staging of the backgrounds for the shoot, I love that this is my place in the world where I create.
Thank you so much Khalima and Gene for bringing that energy on a beautiful Saturday in August and making it happen. You guys are always welcome at the farm.