Coming from a family of artisans, Loveland Colorado artist Aaron Ristau has a fascination for creating art that blends nostalgic aesthetics with modern function. His whimsical mechanics and functional lighting assemblages are an intricate integration and redefinition of reclaimed components.
From a vintage 1930’s Artistic brand of permanent wave hair curling machine, “Useful Fiction” evolved through conversations with the work’s collaborator/collector and his recollection of reading Malcom Gladwell’s book What the Dog Saw. In this book, Gladwell was re-telling the history of women’s hair dye. During the 1950’s, several legendary women […] Read more »
A good friend of mine has helped me a lot with his glass lathe skills. I completed this base for him so he can try out different lights and power supply configurations going forward. The base is made from a reject hemispherical mirror. The lamp is one of my animated […] Read more »
Joe Pawelski of the Tesla Research Society and Aaron Ristau of the newly formed Plasma Appreciation Society teamed up to present a light sculpture performance for Loveland Colorado’s 2015 Noco Mini Maker Fair. Joe and I have known each other for a few years. He hand built the Tesla coil and […] Read more »