Spencer Brewer creates ‘High Whimsey’ - fantastical pieces of sculptures out of vintage or unusual objects inspiring viewers with a sense of delight, surprise, and many times awe. The studio, the “Barn of Curiosities, Oddities, and Light”, is a onderland of eccentric odds and obscure ephemera where the magic happens. “For most of my life, my passion has been the piano - creating, recording, and producing music as well as working on over 20,000 pianos, crank phonographs, players, and pump organs. Restoring and working on thousands of pianos made over the centuries has been an inspiring lense into how well-crafted and executed mechanisms were made, all for the enjoyment of the players & listeners.”
Vintage parts, machines, drawings, or industrial era ephemera are inspirations for his sculptures. “I don’t make things look old; they are old.” Analog relics from the early 19th century through the 1920s were envisioned, graphically drawn, and physically manufactured to last lifetimes out of the best materials available from those eras. From these historical materials, Spencer creates sculptures in a way that begs the viewer to wonder – ‘was this real?’ Whimsy, wonder, curiosity, and humor are essential in the work while staying true to the original part’s
intended design. Spencer’s hope is the sculptures inspire others to think out outside the box and find their own muse.