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The Imaginarium of Steamworks R & D Labs,
January 1, 1970 • 12:00 am - September 10, 2018 • 8:00 pm• Free
The Imaginarium of Steamworks R & D Labs, a collection of interactive Steampunk, Dieselpunk and
Atomicpunk contraptions by local artist Steve La Riccia will be on display at the Springfield Museum
during the months September and October 2018. On hand will be all of La Riccia’s creations made
since 2010. The Springfield Museum is a great venue to display the work because of their mechanical
and historical factor of them.
La Riccia, a Eugene, Oregon based self-unemployed artist is well known for his unique SX–70 Polaroid
manipulated photographic work from 1978 to 2008. Polaroid discontinued the manipulatable SX-70 film,
making it a “Lost Art”. He is also a figure in the Eugene art scene, producing the popular “Salon des Refusés”,
an art exhibition of rejected artists from Eugene’s Mayor’s Art Show and for over the past 20 years, gallery
coordinator for the New Zone Artist Collective, an open, non-profit alternative/experimental art gallery.
“With my new art form, I’ve had to adjust my creative process greatly. SX–70 Polaroid manipulations took only
15–20 minutes to create, using only the SX–70 camera, the film and a stylus to manipulate the instant positive
image. In contrast, these interactive contraptions are so complex and can take several months to produce. I find
kids ages 4 to 94 love my contraptions.”
The opening reception will be held on September 14, 5pm-8pm, during Springfield’s Second Friday ArtWalk, with
La Riccia on hand to demonstrate his contraptions that can perform many exciting functions. A closing reception
will be held on October 14, 5pm-8pm, again during the Second Friday ArtWalk.
The Springfield Museum is located at 590 Main Street, Springfield, OR. There hours are Thursday & Friday
11am – 4pm.