Chris Bathgate's machined-metal sculpture book: the making of beautiful, abstracted, stern but inviting forms

Sculptor Chris Bathgate writes, "I have just self-published my first book of sculptures that features all of my machined metal sculptures from 2007-2011 as well as technical drawings and process images."

We've written about Chris's work before. He produces some of the most beautiful machined-metal pieces I've seen, somehow stark and embellished at the same time. I called them "beautiful, abstract machined forms with edges that look like they'd cut and curves that are cold and stern. They're like the gleaming brass sex-organs of some exotic, alien life form." The book looks like some kind of wonderful (see the excerpts after the jump). Chris Bathgate Metal Work (Thanks, Chris!)


  1. Gorgeous work, and not someone I knew of previously. I love seeing industrial processes re-purposed for sheer function-less beauty.
     Thanks for the post Cory!

  2. They look like the kind of things that game designers put in SF god-games, like Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. I love ’em!

  3. Can’t help but think of Brisco County Jr. when looking at that first photo.

  4. Wow. This guy is doing all sorts of cool stuff to make his art happen… very impressive, and I dig his innovation a lot.

    It speaks pretty strongly to the large chunk of my brain devoted to considering state-of-the-art racing bikes as sculpture… I wonder if he’ll take it a step further and start making articulated and even automated gear…? That would be très molto cool.

    I too thought of game design, not to mention scifi movie set design.

  5. Pretty sure I found something like this in my mom’s bedside drawer when I was a kid, lying right next to a tube of some kind of gel and bunch of AA batteries.

  6. I do the same thing and its nice to know that this is getting the credit and recognition it deserves within the framework of the “Art World”     Nice works  Chris !

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