October 9 - November 7, 2020 Andy Hill’s mixed media assemblages appear to have walked straight out of a classic sci-fi movie. Built from cast away electronic parts, appliances, and scrap metal, Hill has created a universe of retro robots, ray guns, and flying saucers. Playful as his approach and subject matter is, Hill is serious about our need to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
I’ve combined two of my passions, recycling and robots, to create unique, whimsical robot sculptures called “Andybots” that are sure to bring a smile to your face. My major influence has been retro-science fiction design including classic sci-fi movies and those wonderful tin robot toys of the 50’s and 60’s. Basically I am asking, whatever happened to that future we were promised so many years ago? All of my works, including ray guns and flying saucers, are built from cast away electronic parts, appliances, scrap metal, junk parts and virtually anything else that hasn’t been used in the last five minutes.
After studying art, photography, theater and electronics at Western Michigan University, University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College, Andy eventually settled into the professional life of a video editor and digital artist. In a brief stint as a bench tech, Hill found more interest in taking things apart than repairing them. Rearranging the internal parts into unique sculptures started to inspire his creative mind. Eventually "Electro Art Works" was born and began to parallel his day job. 40 years later his retro science fiction sculptures became the primary focus in his life as a way to promote the art of reduce, reuse and recycle.
Hill's work is sold all over the world and has appeared in various exhibits and publications including American Craft and Popular Mechanics, Russia.
Buckham Gallery is funded by the following organizations:
Generous support is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Our activities are sponsored in part by an award from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
This program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work!