Blake Fall-Conroy is an artist and self-taught mechanical engineer. Based in upstate New York, he received a BFA in sculpture from Cornell University in 2006. As an engineer, Fall-Conroy worked for 11 years designing and fabricating remote-controlled industrial robots that climb and inspect vertical surfaces. As an artist, his artmaking practice is conceptually motivated, commenting on a wide range of social issues from consumerism and the American spectacle, to surveillance and the ubiquitous use of technology. His projects often incorporate mechanical, electronic, or programmed components as well as objects or motifs found within the routine of daily life.
Diving Rod of the Anthropocene, 2019, Custom electronics, GPS and compass navigation modules, LCD screen, battery, and branch, 24 x 18 x 6 in.
Conflagration (Series), 2020, Digital image produced with a machine learning model trained on 2,500 images of burning cars
Point and Click, 2021, Glass tubing, argon, and power supply, 16 x 20 x 2 in.
Untitled (Contactless Payment Hand), 2020, Electronics from a dissolved contactless payment card, silicone, and bank account, 8 x 4 x 2 in.