Started as a cross collaboration between artist and designers Megan and Nicholas Tamas, the cantilever table was a project that had a very simple goal; to make a nice work table for their new studio space. Though both artists had experience in metal fabrication, they chose to divide the labor of design and fabrication between themselves. Nicholas Tamas worked as the principle designer of the project, layout out sketches and measurements for the table as well as cut lists and assembly orders that could then be handed off to Megan. Megan Tamas worked as the fabricator and principle craftsman of the project, using her years of experience and the blueprints for the design created by her brother, she set about crafting the table from reclaimed materials. Together they finished the table and successfully installed it within their new studio space, Neon Void Studio & Gallery.
Megan Tamas began her career as an artist by first attending the Tyler School of Art where she received her BA in Studio Sculpture. She followed this by then attending the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where she received her MFA in Sculpture in 2015. Following this impressive academic trek, she then attended multiple studio residencies before landing her current job at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as senior art fabricator. Among her many responsibilities, Megan has overseen the production and fabrication of many shows for many notable artists including: Nick Cave, Alex Dacorte, Elizabeth King, and many more. While continuing her career at Mass MoCA, Megan also found time to start her own studio gallery with her brother Nicholas, Neon Void Studio, in neighboring Adams, Massachusetts.
Although she has a variably impressive portfolio, Megan's' current work combines organic and inorganic forms to create bio-organic specimens that are reminiscent of creatures and forms found in Cult Sci-Fi and Mid-Century cinema. She presents her work by transforming the space to one more accommodating to her specimens and to give them the illusion of being factual scientific eperiments. It is her hope, that through her work she can inspire scientific and technological change as well as foster creativity in a growing scientific community focused on the synthetic growing and creation of new forms of life.
Nicholas Tamas began his professional artistic career at an early age when he attended the Tennessee Governor School for the Arts while still in high school. Following his graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee School of Art in Knoxville Tennessee where he majored in sculpture and printmaking. During his time at the University, he maximized his time by learning about as many materials and processes as he could. He also spent his summers furthering his academic career with residencies and internships in Italy and New York, and was instrumental in the planning of the Southern Graphics Council Conference that took place at his University his senior year. He finished his undergraduate degree in the winter of 2015 where he received Magna Cum Laude honors. Following his graduation, He began working at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as an art fabricator and assistant lighting designer where he has built, designed, and lit shows for the Museums resident artists. The artists featured at the museum form an illustrious list and include artists like Nick Cave, Aled DaCorte, James Turrell and many others.
Nicholas Tamas' sculptural work is heavily inspired by cybernetic and bionic pop culture from the 80's and 90's as well as transhumanist philosophy. This is represented in his work as faux-cybernetics and bionics that are displayed in a manner that gives them the illusion of being functional and purchasable prosthesis/cybernetics. His goal with his work is to inspire the creation and advancement of real cybernetics and bionics as well as to further transhumanist ideals; to this end, he is currently pursuing a career and education as an industrial designer at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.