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Fire and brimstone are the embodiment of damnation for most, but for Stone– a punk kid growing up in The City That Care Forgot– fire translated to creation, and imagination became salvation.
New Orleans’ carefree nature can translate to no rules for a rowdy kid, and Stone walked the wild side like many growing up in one of the oldest cities in America. But from that city built inside levees and upon a grand tradition of music and art, Stone took his adolescent appetite for painting and drawing, combined it with a discovery of sculpture and fabrication, and headed into the US Navy where he learned the precise art of welding, pipefitting and steel craftsmanship.
Once out of the Navy, Stone became a pyrotechnics artist with the Motoman Project (MMP) in Denver. Billed as a performance art group of sorts, MMP is comprised of artists who happen to be scientists on the side, welding science and art together into what they see as the next logical step in contemporary art– creating dancing, pulse-jet powered, flame-throwing, grappling-claw weilding, spinning-blade contraptions synchronized to “booms” from air cannons.
But the allure of West Coast counter-culture brought Stone to Palm Springs where he founded FusedMetals, citing Robert Williams, The Pizz, Jesse James, Ed Roth, Swiss kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely and mid-century modern and industrial design as influences for his work. With FusedMetals, Stone creates unique, hand fabricated home and office fixings. From firepits to custom gates, carports, chairs, patio furniture, sculpture, desks, award trophies and tiki bars to full on hotel installations using steel, plexiglass, aluminum, concrete, found objects and, well, whatever element is necessary to create the next unique piece in a place where the motto is “All About Custom Shit.”
FusedMetals is only part of Stone’s picture today. Although his beautiful (and awesome, in the most literal sense of the word) hotel and residential installations and custom furniture continue, his One-Eyed Monsters are poking up all over Los Angeles, where Stone nowmakes his home. Are you wondering? You’re right– as Stone puts it inhis Car Kulture Deluxe interview, “I like monsters, I have a lot of testosterone and I am phallic and so are they. Plus they are my little signature character that can be reinvented in various ways.” So there you have it. Look out for these little guys in the future– it’s a sure bet that they’re on the rise
Between fire spewing kinetic robots, a custom fabrication shop and One-Eyed Monsters, Stone proves his philosophy– imagination is salvation– that fire and brimstone meet art and science to change mundane, everyday objects into interesting works of art.