Work by Jim Dixon of American Automata Studios is On Display at Venue

American Automata 
by Jim Dixon

A commercial artist and designer, Jim Dixon has spent the past 20 years engaged in a multitude of design projects including residential and commercial interiors, environmental graphics, product development, packaging, games, furniture, houses and gardens. Along with his creative talents, he has also developed skills as a mechanic, fabricator, illustrator, carpenter, plumber, electrician and mason. 

Two years ago, Jim and his wife Caroline brought all of their talents, skills and experience together to launch American Automata, an art studio dedicated to the creation and fabrication of mechanical art, or what he aptly describes as "kinetic storytelling." His first piece, "Man As Machine," was shown at the Onichi Gallery in New York in 2011. He was also Artist in Residence at the Museum of Art & Design in Stratford Upon Avon, U.K. Currently all of his pieces are crafted in the Pacific Northwest at his studio. 

At Venue this month Jim will be featuring Grungeness, the bad boy of tide pool. This guy is Dungeness crab meets Seattle Grunge. Also featured will be Grungy's east coast cousin, Lobsta. He's bigger, badder and the king of bling. In a more serious vain, Cascadia in Motion, a tribute to the Pacific Northwest will also be shown.

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