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"Animal Magic" at Eleven Fine Art, London: Final Days

Posted in Cryptozoology, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on May 21st, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia


Snake-Tailed Skull Ship (detail) by Tessa Farmer | Photo by Suzanne G.

Final week for Londoners to see Animal Magic at Eleven Fine Art in London.

I visited the tiny show myself about a fortnight ago, and the one work that stood out for me was definitely Tessa Farmer's Snake-Tailed Skull Ship (c.f. above).

I don't know whether it was the hot weather or the fact that I visited the enchanting and highly recommendable Amazing Rare Things exhibition before, but Olly & Suzi's paintings left me rather indifferent and despite the fact that I always liked Polly Morgan's taxidermied animals from looking at her photographs, standing face to face with them didn't really impress or inspire me.

However, apart from two rather cringeworthy conservatory faux pas (Farmer's highly fragile mobile-like oeuvre hanging very close to the window front where it's exposed to sunlight and draft whenever someone enters the room and Morgan's dead bird arrangement standing on a wonky pedestal that makes the glass dome and the electrified miniature chandelier tremble with every step) the show is quite nicely arranged and very well documented.

Closes: Saturday, May 24, 2008

Address: Eleven Fine Art, 11 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX, tel: +44 (0)20 7823 5540 | Map

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Oh, and guess who's gonna see Indy tonight at midnight?! *cracks whip*

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Polly Morgan at Workshop Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy says:

    [...] my criticism of her work in earlier years, I have to admit there are only a few taxidermy artists who have managed to successfully and [...]

    June 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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