Sculptor producing large-scale work that considers the relationships between public, site and natural environment to craft objects that activate and humanize public and private spaces.
Artist Bobby Zokaites was selected to create a painted metal sculpture, Yucca Oraxlie, which gives a nod to a whimsical Dr. Seuss-like creation. His sculpture will be installed outside the Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Avenue.
The work of several students and alumni of the School of Art in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will be on view in the Valley for the next year as part of IN FLUX Cycle 8.
"This is really a portrait of the generation growing up with the Internet — the amount of bombardment that we have compared to what they had".
Whether suspended twenty feet above his latest sculpture or deep underground with only a flickering headlamp for light, Bobby Zokaites believes people should be self-sufficient, but art should be a community affair.
During this workshop, Zokaites will share painting demonstrations with his customized Roomba Robot and help patrons create their own small mark-making machine.
My practice is centered on the design and build of distinctive works of art that consider the relationships between the public, the site and the natural environment. The resulting objects activate and humanize public spaces, encouraging viewers to engage with the work through touch, sight, sound and movement.
The 12-week artist residency at the Tempe Center for the Arts has come to an end. Most every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon you would have found me working alongside or talking with artist Bobby Zokaites. Today I welcome Bobby as guest writer.
“It’s rare that I get to spend time at an event like this. And that actually feels great because I get to move art forward.”
Bobby Zokaites chosen as project artist for zone 4 (Apache) of the Tempe Streetcar project. The three-mile Tempe Streetcar design should be complete in 2017 with construction beginning later in the year. Opening of Tempe Streetcar is anticipated in 2020.
A decade after Phoenix sculptor Bobby Zokaites embarked on a project challenging common ideas about painting, human-technology collaboration, creative expression, and artistic identity, researchers at Arizona State University invited the creator to revisit his creation, during the bicentennial of the novel Frankenstein.
"Shifting Sand Land" one of the top five picks in playgrounds designed by artists from around the world.
This playground system was designed with inspiration from the desert level in Super Mario Brothers. What child doesn’t want to experience this video game in real life?
He was the longest running Site Manager in the history of FSP, and for good reason! Bobby is a great team leader, he’s able to keep morale high in any circumstance, lends a helping hand to anyone who needs it, and has invaluable knowledge about how to fabricate, install, and deinstall large sculpture – a necessary skill for the job.
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Interactive artwork to debut at Scottsdale Arts Festival:
The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts graduate was inspired by the game Super Mario Brothers and the themes of childhood and adventure
Phoenix artist brings bounce to Scottsdale Art Festival:
Adults of a certain age will know that its title, "Shifting Sand Land," refers to the desert level in the old-school Super Mario Brothers video game
A Brief History of Art Made with Roombas:
Going back even further, an artist named Bobby Zokaites, using rebuilt Roombas, had the devices make new paintings at a gallery show in Newark.
Phoenix area prepares for next 'In Flux' art project:
The grounds of Bergies Coffee Roast House in downtown Gilbert was the site of the town's installation last year. Tempe artist Bobby Zokaites created "Boone's Flugelhorn" using seat-belt material, steel and a drainage culvert.
TEMPE ARTIST BOBBY ZOKAITES: 100 CREATIVES:
You might think the Tempe sculptor and recent master's graduate from ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts rises early because his large-scale installation pieces, which comprise woven repurposed seatbelt webbing, require any and all waking hours to complete.
5 MUST-SEE FIRST FRIDAY SHOWS IN PHOENIX ON MAY 2:
The new Step Gallery in downtown Phoenix is the ideal venue for Bobby Zokaites's MFA these exhibition "Tom Sawyer Wears A Business Suit." The industrial space provides the perfect backdrop for Zokaites's whimsical sculptural work; in this show, the artist uses woven seat belts to create a large-scale installation in the gallery.
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“It’s a pseudo jungle gym,” the artist says. “Aesthetically, it’s about play and may trigger childhood memories, but the work is more about creating my own space so I can deal with this alien urban environment I live in.”
Gilbert coffee-shop sculpture part of tour brewing up interest in the arts:
Only an artist could combine seat-belt material, steel and a drainage culvert into a work of art and expect it to inspire a sense of play.
A chip off of the digital block: Digital sculpture evidence of a new Industrial Revolution
Sculpture, at first glance, might not seem to be a discipline that would benefit from becoming computerized.Yet digital technology is transforming the creation of sculpture at Arizona State University.
We're going to create a mobile venue. We're trying to play around with public spaces. We got a grant from the Urbana Arts Commission, and Bobby Zokaites (of Tempe, Ariz.) got one from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University to come here and do this.
BONDVILLE STOP OF THE “INTER-URBAN” PROJECT July 2012:
What do a panel truck, a jib crane and the remains of a wooden grain elevator have in common? All are being repurposed by an energetic, volunteer team of sculptors and designers for Urbana Land Arts Inter-Urban project.
ASU ARTISTS GIVE GLENDALE FESTIVAL ATTENDEES "SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT:"
The "most magical" part of the experience was watching the houses themselves go up in two days, after nearly a month of "cave-like living" in the studio, welding and cutting wood for hours on end.