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Artist Q & A with Locknesters

Now that the opening of the Locknesters solo show, “The Travelers Series” has come and gone, we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions to get to know what makes him click!

Who is Locknesters?

My name is Fleet Hower from Brooklyn, NY. I studied architecture in school and have taught architecture for many years. As architects we’re taught to think about the tectonics of buildings. That thought process is evident in my designer toys. I’ve been designing and producing toys for about 8 years. Until this year my work went up to 12″ tall. This year I began producing larger pieces, up to 36″.

Who/What are your biggest influences?

Many artists and architects, it’s hard to choose one. Currently I’m really into the work of Misha Kahn and Chris Wolston.

Tell us something special about the upcoming exhibition with us.

First solo show showing this series – The Travelers!

What are a few of your favorite tools/materials?

I consider myself to be pretty handy with a barrel tumbler.

How did you find out about designer toys?

Not totally sure, years ago I was traveling in China and came across a series of large plastic Mario World figures. They were well-made. I wouldn’t consider them designer toys, but they piqued my interest and led me down a path of discovering the designer toy world.

What advice do you have for an aspiring artist?

Develop your own process, it’s worth the effort.

For those not familiar with your work, how would you describe your style?

Relatively simple figures, sometimes mashups, made of many parts.

Check out the opening of “The Travelers Series” A Locknesters Show which opened Saturday, December 9th at Clutter Gallery in Beacon, NY!

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