It's hard to socialize when you're a Boogeyman because all you want to do is hide under beds and growl. That's why artist Nemo Gould has created this Portable Gloom Environment.
Boogeyman is one of a new series of kinetic sculptures from robot artist Gould. He builds poignant, playful creatures out of scraps he finds in junkyards and yard sales.
The Boogeyman is a tragically misunderstood character. Generally hated by the populace he serves, he works long thankless hours under beds and in closets. Just like the rest of us he longs for a little time off to enjoy life. Traditional rest and relaxation has alway eluded him however due to his extreme sensitivity to light and good humor. Fortunately for him, science has caught up with him in the form of a "Portable Gloom Environment". This bulky apparatus may seem cumbersome to you and I, but it for him it is the welcome cost of freedom. So if you should encounter this odd spectacle at the beach, show a little sensitivity to a monster on a well earned vacation. (Yes those are real chicken feet)
Here are a few more of Gould's new sculptures, including the amazing "Praying Mantis" (with gas pump claws) and the migraine machine "Psycho-O-Somatic." There's even a creature made entirely of retro bakelite radios. Click images to see full sizes.
I particularly like Gould's description of the deer sculpture "Re-Animated," which includes a fantasy about reanimating animals by converting them into cyborgs. He writes:
A few years ago I came across something at a yard sale that struck me as particularly foul. It was a mounted deer head with its hoofs arranged to serve as a rifle rack. The cruel irony of killing something and then compelling its corpse to hold the weapon that ended its life really got me. Naturally I bought the awful thing but only now have I been able to do anything with it. Re:Animated represents a major breakthrough in veterinary science. Concerned citizens can now bring in the trophy remains of game animals and have the creatures made whole again. The durable metal chassis is bullet repellant and should diminish the likelihood that these creatures, (when returned to the wild) fall victim to the same fate twice.