A steampunk inspired art exhibition is currently on display in Skegness featuring curious artefacts, unusual sculptures and even a time machine!
Terry Hooley’s ‘Strange Things’ exhibition opened in the Hildreds Centre’s H-Art gallery yesterday and has already generated a great deal of interest and enthusiasm.
“I’ve been bowled over by the response,” said Terry.
“Young and old - they’ve all been coming to see it and taking pictures - it’s great.”
Central to the exhibition is Terry’s ‘Time Machine’ sculpture - an antique clock surrounded with intriguing historical artefacts from bygone eras, including a piece of oak taken from HMS Victory - Lord Nelson’s flagship during 1805’s victorious Battle of Trafalgar.
“I wanted to put on an exhibition which demonstrated my fascination with old curiosities and showed a different angle - nothing is usual, everything is very abstract,” said Terry.
Other rarities featured in the sculpture include: 19th century Victorian clock parts; a 1910 Edwardian light bulb and an exhaust manifold from a B17 World War Two Bomber, salvaged from its crash site.
Pieced together, the collection is thought to encompass 60 different generations of history, each with its own tale to tell.
Taking inspiration from the author Jules Verne and his fascination with time travel, Terry has also created his own story for the ‘Time Machine’.
According to the myth, three of the machine’s previous owners all disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
“Will the new owner vanish they way Professor Onabott, Corporal Sidebottom and Leon Arras ‘the man from Paris’, did?” asks the notice beneath the exhibit.
Terry’s work has also been heavily influenced by the steampunk genre - a sub genre of science fiction, based on an augmented future with elements of the Victorian era, filled with steam powered machines and unusual inventions Jules Verne would himself be proud of.
“It’s like the future that could have been,” explained Terry.
“It’s a great movement - it really fires your enthusiasm.”
Other displays include old wartime photographs painted over with watercolours then distorted for emotive effect or disembodied human faces imposed on computerised machines.
The 52-year-old artist has also featured in John Byford’s internationally renowned Made in England exhibition, which has toured Europe and will soon to return to Skegness for the upcoming SO festival.
With pop-up galleries, touring exhibitions and cultural festivals taking centre stage in the town, Terry believes many doors are opening for artists such as himself.
“Everything seems to be falling into place,” he said.
The exhibition is open from 9.30am to 5.30am until Wednesday evening, other than Sunday, when it opens from 10am to 4pm.