Foundation to Fruition 2011
Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery hosted “Foundation to Fruition,” a kinetic artwork exhibit by artist Tom Haney. The exhibit opened Thursday, March 3, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit was on display through Friday, April 1.

Consisting of pieces that span the career of Georgia artist Tom Haney, “Foundation to Fruition” includes some of his early work that was heavily influenced by Southern folk art as well as more recent works that reflect his current style, highlighting his experimentation with new material and methods. Focusing on kinetic work, much of the show will feature kinetic, interactive pieces along with some static pieces and new pieces operated by electric motors.

Haney has been making mechanical pieces, or “automata,” since 1994. Most of Haney’s recent pieces have taken approximately 100-175 hours to complete. Along with creating the figures and mechanisms by hand, Haney often seeks out and incorporates found objects that have a natural antique age and distress to them.

Before becoming a full-time artist in 2000, Haney’s professional work consisted of making props, models and miniatures for television commercials, still photographers and movies. These works included a five-foot ping pong paddle for a Japanese television show, miniature laser printers for a magazine advertisement and marionettes for TNT's Rudy and Go-Go's World Famous Cartoon Show. Haney attributes his skill at aging partially to the experience he gained working on the John Sayles' movies, Eight Men Out and City of Hope.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Haney earned his B.S. in industrial design at the University of Cincinnati. His work has been presented in galleries and juried exhibitions across the United States, including many art festivals in which Haney personally demonstrates how his artwork operates.
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