First, just what is Steampunk art? At base, it draws from the legacy of Victorian scientific experiment and an interest in technology that eschews pure aesthetic and celebrates the fact that sometimes things are just a bit grotesque. The result is absolutely fascinating sculptural pieces that have a slight air of the mad scientist
Second, equipped with a rather loose definition, we can report the first major museum showing of work in the genre. Curated by Art Donovan, Steampunk at The Museum of the History of Science, The University of Oxford, draws together an international group of 12 Steampunk artists. They represent the United States, the UK, Japan, and more. The exhibition opens this October and will run to February 2010. (via The Curated Object).
If the idea of Steampunk intrigues, head to the jump for a few examples and spend a little time on the exhibitions official blog.