Wednesday, May 25, 2016

About Progress on New Works

Hi, friends.  There haven’t been any recent postings on my blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy – I just haven’t had anything ready to show yet.  Currently there are about 15 chests and wall works which were designed and planned out over the past several months, and they are in various stages of construction.  For each individual piece, the hardwood form on which the circuitry will be placed is always made to the exact size needed to accommodate the circuitry design.  Aesthetics are important, and while a painter can make adjustments as he goes, the same is not true when working with circuitry -- it won't stretch or shrink to fit an idea.  It is what it is, and it's up to the artist to make all the effort involved seem to disappear, creating a piece that is not only beautiful, but  feels perfectly natural and organic.  That’s why a lot of time is involved in the design phase.  Within a few weeks a couple of these may be at a stage where they can be photographed and posted on my blog.

As some of you know, my house and studio are in a rural area a good distance from New York City.  There are 5 acres, parts of which are left in a more or less natural state, but the gardens, landscaping and lawns all need some of my time, especially in the springtime.  Since I’ve always seen technology as a newly evolving form of nature, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I also love the part of nature that includes the trees and birds .  When I'm in the studio I work with the ancient ancestors, the trilobites of this new form of nature, and outdoors I am with that which has evolved a bit more slowly.   If I haven’t been communicating, it’s only because there isn't much to be said until new works are posted.   The website indicates which works are currently available.                                                                                   

Monday, November 16, 2015

A few recently completed wall works

Below are some recent wall pieces.  Several more are underway, as well as some new chests.


It may be difficult for some to perceive this as electronic circuitry, but it is, and is ancient in terms of technology.  These are truly the trilobites - the bones-  of the evolution of tech.  Wonderful abstract primitive art in its own right,
it was given the suitable title of one of the northwest coast Indian tribes of the U.S., reminiscent of one of their totems.   The size of this wall work is about 22 x 16.



The circuitry for this small wall-work was collected many years ago from a circuit fabrication company that has long since disappeared.  I've had these rare boards set aside for just such a piece.  Could they be Maori tattoos, or could it be the abstract work of a contemporary American?    About 16" x 16".

Raptor (Icon # 3)

  One of my series of icon wall works.  
  The image on the gold circuit strikes me
  as the profile of a powerful bird of prey.

  RAPTOR is 30" x 20.5" 

  see website for larger views

Friday, April 10, 2015

New Works 2015

Below are some recently completed pieces; others are in various stages of design & construction.

Sutton Hoo

The design of SUTTON HOO grew outwards from the motif in the center of the top.  It soon took on a look that reminded me of the hoard of Saxon treasure not long ago unearthed on a farm field in eastern England.  The chest is 16" x 13" x 5"H.


This chest will be placed on my website
  when I can get to it



The CANDELABRA chest, completed in 2015, has its name from the circuitry on the sides, and that was its working title.   The design reminded me of some obscure forgotten culture that I couldn't put my finger on, but candelabra is easier, and so it keeps its working title.  
The chest is 17" x 11" x 7"H


Monday, September 22, 2014


 A few wall works have been roughly designed and their forms constructed and prepared, but it may be many months before any of these are completed.  For now, the ones on the website are all that is available.  A few newly designed chests have similarly been prepared for circuitry design, but it will also be some time before any of these are completed.  Posted (just below) are two recently finished chests.

Chartres 1

In my collection of circuitry is a carton of vintage circuit boards I call “Chartres” simply because they remind me of medieval cathedral windows.  They’ve been saved aside for use in the composition of such a chest as  CHARTRES  1, and possibly another.   The “windows” surround the sides of the piece, and the top is my impression of the intricate design of stained glass.  It’s enough if the design is intriguing, however you see it.  

Recently completed,  chest is 17.5 x 13 x 17in.H     (44 x 33 x 18cm H)    wt:  16 lb.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


A recently completed chest which wanted to be named for a star.
RIGEL is a star in the constellation Orion, and the seventh brightest star in the night sky.  

Chest:  18 x 9 x 6 in.H                         (46 x 23 x  16cm H)      
 wt: 13 lb.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


A recently completed piece which I meant to add to the website and blog a few weeks ago, but before I could get around to doing this, it was sold by a gallery, so I've just now added it to my website.   For the past several months I have been very busy with all kinds of things, some having nothing to do with art.   Apologies if the blog and website have not been kept completely current.  

Saturday, December 14, 2013

BESPOKE Magazine Article

The December 2013 / January 2014 issue of the international magazine BESPOKE contains a six-page article on my work written by Warren Singh-Bartlett.  The article is posted on my website and can be seen by clicking on the link below:


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Renovated Website

The Theo Kamecke website has recently undergone a conversion from static to dynamic, making it possible to easily add new works and text, and where needed extra views of each work.   While the look of the site has changed very little, it will now be possible to see from the thumbnail pages which works are available.  Several new works have been added to the site, and many new images.  

The switchover to the converted and renovated site will happen on or before November 22
Below is a sampling of some of the new works added.







Sunday, June 16, 2013

Icon 1

A recently completed (2013) wall work, 27" x 21".   The first of a contemplated series in which the featured element is "iconic" of the strange beauty of circuitry.  The appearance of other pieces in this series is going to depend of course on the progress of several other projects already in the works.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


TECH-DAWN:  Recently finished small wall work, 28" x 18".   The title refers to the dawn of the Tech Era: the idea of insetting one half of a circular gold circuit (surrounded by the upward-radiating circuitry) and the notion of dawn of a new age, came about simultaneously.  The lower half of the piece is what I call the "story", a device I've used several times before over the years.  As with ancient Egyptian or Mayan or Assyrian stellae, at the top is usually the featured element, the "what" or "who" the monument represents, and the lower part elaborates with the story or history.  In the case of these circuitry pieces it's not meant to be anything literal, just abstract, but suggestive.

In the center of the "story" of TECH-DAWN (also PALEOTECH) is a circuit from my zoo collection which I've always seen as a monkey struggling or fighting with something, so I call it my Hanuman circuit, after the Hindu myth about the heroic monkey who fought demons.  Not much to do with technology, unless there is good tech and evil tech. 

As said elsewhere, the circuitry in my large collection is all vintage -- ancient in technological terms.   Most contemporary circuitry looks nothing at all like this, and is far less visually fascinating.

 The circuitry design around the edge of the wall work

Many of the works posted on this blog will eventually be placed on the website


 PALEOTECH :  A recently completed smaller wall work, 22" x 14.5".  The title refers to the beginnings of the Tech Era.  Think of fossil trilobites or other primitive life-forms, or even dinosaurs: these circuits are the equivalent for technology.  A few thousand years from now, tell me if you don't agree.

Monday, October 29, 2012


HIGGS BOSON:  a recently completed chest, 23.5" x 9" x 7".     Its title came to mind because the circuitry pattern made me think of sub-nuclear particle interactions, and coinciding with the work's completion, physicists at CERN in Geneva announced the first likely detection of the long-sought Higgs boson particle.  Predicted mathematically decades ago, all of the theories of the universe have hinged on the reality of this elusive particle.  

So now we can soundly sleep.  

Just a title, but I like to have fun with the titles.  I can always argue the circuits made me do it.

 The image below is of the back of the chest, which looks almost exactly like the front except for the hinges.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Heian is a chest which was designed a few years ago and was partially completed but was set aside until I decided which circuitry to feature in the center of the top.  When I went back to it a few weeks ago, the solution was immediately clear.  I knew from the beginning that it wanted to have a vaguely Japanese esthetic, and the circuitry used in the center (strange circuitry - no idea what it was intended for) works perfectly.  The title chosen is for the period in Japanese history which is about the same time that William the Conqueror invaded England, and is when in Japan  Lady Murasaki composed the world's first novel, The Tale of Gengi .     Dimensions:  14" x 8.5" x 6"H

Detail views of the hinges & lid-stay:  as with other chests, the hardware is visually minimized so as not to distract from the circuitry design.  The hinges on the interior are buried beneath the circuitry, and the lid-stay is a blackened guitar string.  From the back the hinges are so unnoticeable that it's easy to mistake the back for the front.  

 All of this may seem trivial except that the idea behind all of these chests is to create something familiar, something ancient while at the same time futuristic, but something that would seem to fit with any museum's collection of whatever period the esthetics suggest.  While the overall design may be mine, the design of the material itself was never made for eyes to see -- it was only for function, covered with components and buried within some machine.  This is my way of revealing the inherent beauty of the circuitry, but the concept really works only if the object is perfect in its making, and you can accept it as readily as any other treasure in a museum's collection.  Whether it's at least equal as an object of art is something for others to decide.


Two views of the sculpture with its base which was completed recently.  (Scroll down to see other views, including back, from an earlier post).  Dimensions with base:  32"H x 19" x 14"