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Archive for October, 2004

Meinem lieben Bruder...

by Suzanne G. on October 7th, 2004


© Cornelius Huyberts & Frederik Ruysch
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

Ruysch made about a dozen tableaux, constructed of human fetal skeletons with backgrounds of other body parts, on allegorical themes of death and the transiency of life [...]
He built the "geological" landscapes of these tableaux from gallstones and kidneystones, and "botanical" backgrounds from injected and hardened major veins and arteries for "trees," and more ramified tissue of lungs and smaller vessels for "bushes" and "grass."
The fetal skeletons, several per tableau, were ornamented with symbols of death and short life - hands may hold mayflies (which live but a day in their adult state); skulls bemoan their fate by weeping into "handkerchiefs" made of elegantly injected mesentery or brain meninges; "snakes" and "worms," symbols of corruption made of intestine, wind around pelvis and rib cage.

- Stephen Jay Gould in "Finders, Keepers:
Treasures and Oddities of Natural History"

→ Click here for more information on Ruysch

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CURIOSITÉ DU PASSÉ

Victorian roller-skating:


(via Dark Victoria - click to enlarge)

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EDITO

I created a new forum link button that matches perfectly with my dear friend PieceoPlastic's beautiful website button. So please use the following buttons to link back to me:

Dankeschön!

Oh, and don't forget to come to our KÜHLSCHRANK/FRIGIDAIRE #3 party in Lausanne tomorrow night.
Have a lovely weekend.
See you next Monday! :)

Mechanical Mirage

by Suzanne G. on October 6th, 2004

  
  
© Almacan
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...

- William Gibson: "Neuromancer"

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Picture index:

(From top to bottom, left to right)

Almacan: Monorogue
Almacan: Floating of Antlion
Almacan: Shell in the Darkness
Almacan: Spiral Memory
Almacan: Triceratops

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Note to Self:

Don't go to that fancy dress party tonight...


(via The Onion)

Daydreams & Nosebleeds

by Suzanne G. on October 5th, 2004

... what happened next...

John Santerineross - previously featured here - has finally published his eagerly anticipated new book, entitled DREAM.


→ more information

Jason Arber - previously featured here - is still looking for London-based Asian females to take part in his photography project "NOSEBLEED".


→ email Jason here

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Exhibition ticker

VAMPS & VIRGINS - The Evolution of the American Pinup - is premiering this Thursday @ The Museum of Sex, NEW YORK.

(October 7, 2004 - March 30, 2005)


→ more information

Shepard Fairey is deconstructing and mocking the hollow icons of our times @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LOS ANGELES.

(October 9 - November 6, 2004)


→ more image samples

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Edito

Just after I posted my Flash & Movie Update entry yesterday, both Amy and Jim announced the publication of new episodes of their series. So here are:

Making Fiends #12
... and...
Ready Teddy Death #6

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Maître Photographe du Jour

Michal Barteczko

Psychedelic Movies...

by Suzanne G. on October 4th, 2004

... For A Brighter Tomorrow...

  
  
  
(click on thumbnails to watch animations)

top
The ZoomQuilt - A Collaborative Art Project
razghul)

I
Salad Fingers 1
David Firth | 2 | 3 | 4)

II
Prowlies at the River
Adam Phillips | Bitey of Brackenwood)

III
Tales of the Dapper Cat
Mr and Mrs Wheatley)

IV
Tiny Plaid Ninjas
DrewMo)

V
Making Fiends 11
Amy Winfrey | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10)

VI
Ready Teddy Death 5
Gut Vision | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

Oh, and would someone please animate Hasselhoff's eyes in this? Thanks! :)

Today's special mention goes to Mr Myron who came up with yet another spookylicious design for NotSoSimpleTon. Yay!

... and in other news, I updated the following link categories:

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EDIT

Oooooh, this is rather nifty! Cheerio, Mr Firth...

A Case of Taxidermy

by Suzanne G. on October 2nd, 2004

A Case of Curiosities is currently selling three unusual taxidermy items on eBay:


→ Real Taxidermy Piglet Pull Toy


→ Anthropomorphic Taxidermy Pigeon


→ Antique Taxidermy Monkey Paw

Bidding for the items above ends in 3 days.

Related artistic taxidermy links:

A Case of Curiosities
Carlee Fernandez
Nathalia Edenmont
Custom Creature Taxidermy
The Victorian Taxidermy Company Ltd
Morbid Tendencies
Necromance

L'art est inutile...

by Suzanne G. on October 2nd, 2004

... rentrez chez vous!

  
  
© Peck, Crosby, Caesar, Cooper, Diaz
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

This weekend marks some splendid gallery openings and museum vernissages - above all Jonathan LeVine's selection for Tin Man Alley's GHOST TOWN group show sounds rather promising. Artists include:

Andrew Brandou
Chris Ryniak
Daniel Martin Diaz
Dave Cooper
Donovan Crosby
Jeff Soto
Elizabeth McGrath
Marion Peck
Ray Caesar
Sean Christopher
Scott Musgrove

.. and many, many more...

Tin Man Alley Gallery | 608 North 2nd Street | Philadelphia PA 19123 | Map

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Other openings this weekend:

Caitlin Kuhwald shows her new paintings
@ Cowboys & Angels, San Francisco

Yumiko Kayukawa exhibits her sickly sweet stuff
@ M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs

Maurizio Cattelan outrages and amuses
@ MAM/ARC, Paris

I know... your retina is gonna hate me... ;)

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Picture index:

(From top to bottom, left to right)

Marion Peck: The Mysterious Miss Wu
Donovan Crosby: First Floor
Ray Caesar: Messenger
Dave Cooper: Black Duck Pond
Daniel Martin Diaz: Elegia

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Things That Make Design Addicts Drool, Part I

Linkchecker

The Ugly Kitten

by Suzanne G. on October 1st, 2004

by Violet


© Denise Wilton

→ Violet & Moses 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

In other news, I want you all to order pins, postcards, purses and paintings from the insanely talented Renee - to make her rich and me happy!


B U Y B U Y B U Y B U Y B U Y ! !

Please also note that Mark Ryden's MicroPortfolio #4 "Blood, Sweat & Tears" is now available via Porterhouse Fine Art Editions.


Ordering info

It's a limited edition set of 3 postcards.
The set includes a gold foil stamped folder and an individually numbered vellum certificate.
Cards are 6" x 8". Price: $10.

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FYI

I'm not getting paid by Ms Renee Bosler, Mr Mark Ryden, the Vatican, the Mossad, or the Epileptic Cheerleader Association of Uzbekistan for posting these announcements.
Thank you.