David Random, ‘Ring the Bell’, 2016, Bowersock Gallery
David Random, ‘Ring the Bell’, 2016, Bowersock Gallery
David Random, ‘Ring the Bell’, 2016, Bowersock Gallery
David Random, ‘Ring the Bell’, 2016, Bowersock Gallery
David Random, ‘Ring the Bell’, 2016, Bowersock Gallery

One of a series of contemporary, abstract, wall-mounted steampunk boxes that opens to reveal a hidden world of vintage artifacts. The tin sign on the front stating “boy is required to ring the bell for every 5¢ collected” harkens back to the early 1900s street-corner newsboys. Inside are the boy’s buffalo nickels (evidence of a job well done) as well as boyhood curios including an early game board, toys, and vintage bottlecaps. This warm toned, assemblage of artifacts allows viewers to conjure up an era of innocence and a simpler time in history.

Signature: Signed on the back on the right hand side

David Random’s work has been featured in several museums and many galleries. It has also been featured on TV and most recently in the movie “Rocketship” which has been screened nationwide including a 10-month stint on Virgin Airways in-flight movies. Widely known as “Rocketman” for his steampunk rocketship creations, Random now branches out into his series of “Hidden History Vaults” which assemble relics from the past in tidy antique wooden boxes preserving their stories for other generations. The common thread running through virtually all of Random’s work is his use of antique artifacts assembled together to form a new aesthetic.

Portsmouth, NH