Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Bill Burns talk & book signing at ICA London

by Suzanne on January 30th, 2008


Safety Goggles (oval) from Bill Burns' SGSA series, 2.75 x 8 x 2.5 cm

Bill Burns - the man behind Safety Gear for Small Animals and one of the few owners of the Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis Award who's never actually created taxidermy - will be talking and signing copies of The Flora and Fauna Information Service at the ICA London tomorrow, January 31, 2008, from 6 - 8 PM.


Safety Vest from Bill Burns' SGSA series, 8.5 x 7.5 x 25 cm

The talk will be held in context of Burns' The Flora & Fauna Information Service exhibition which is on show at the ICA until February 15, 2008.

The show also includes Burns' celebrated collection of Safety Gear for Small Animals and Boiler Suits for Primates - a miniature sample of everything prisoners get when they arrive at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Respirator from Bill Burns' SGSA series, 10 x 11 x 6 cm

Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis

by Suzanne on August 6th, 2007


Hopeless Romantic by Colette Calascione, oil on wood, 10" x 15", 1996

'Story has it, a boy came face-to-face with that animal.... right here. Right where we’re standing now.

Over the years it carried on like this - thieving different parts of people like it wanted to be a person.

Until it looked just like you or me, on the outside. But the only human part it never got was the ---'

(From: The Cat With Hands by Robert Morgan)

Without further ado, here it finally is: The often-promised and long-awaited Taxidermy, Cryptozoology & Animal Curiosa Überpost - dedicated to a very precious and talented friend of mine: The lovely Jessica Joslin. Thank you for creating an outstanding oeuvre that keeps inspiring us!

NOTE TO READERS:
If you're a taxidermist, cryptozoologist or curiosa photographer/multimedia artist, please feel free to leave a comment so that I can complete this comprehensive taxidermy link collection (and seize world dominance). Thank you.

P.S: Don't miss this nifty slideshow with all the artworks featured below. Enjoy!

Phew. My work here is done. I guess I can could retire from blogging now...

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Tia Resleure's A Case of Curiosities

Adam Szrotek

Alex CF

Animal Furniture Part 1Part 2

Børre Sæthre (via Fluffy Lychees)

Cai Guo-Qiang (II - via WMMNA)

Carlee Fernandez (via Michelle - where on earth are you, girl? I miss you...)

Athanasius Kircher's Cat Piano (via Robotbrain)

Christiane Cegavske

Christopher Linney Taxidermy

Courtney Payne (via and hosted by Carlee Fernandez)

Damien Hirst (II)

Erick Swenson (via WMMNA)

Fiendish Curiosities

Finch & C° (via Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society)

Geof Kern

Gordon Rutter's collection

Gordon Wilding

Hardy Burmeier (via Tinselman)

Hyungkoo Lee

Jane Alexander

Jeff de Boer (via ExquisiteCorpse)

Jessica Joslin

John Espinosa (via Bunnylicious)

Josh Keyes

Karen Knorr (via Hysteria)

Les Deux Garcons (via Phantasmaphile)

Lola Isern (via and hosted by Carlee Fernandez)

LSD Photographers

Margot Quan Knight

Mark Holthusen

Maurizio Cattelan

Michael Sans (via DesignBoom)

Mike Libby (via Meredith Yayanos)

Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists

Musée Bizarre

Musée des Grenouilles

Hajime Emoto's Museum of Fantastic Specimens (II)

Museum Stemmler

Nathalia Edenmont

Nazif Topçuoğlu

Obscura Antiques (II)

One Dead Canary

Pascal Bernier (via WMMNA)

Patricia Piccinini

Ron Pippin

Bill Burns' Safety Gear For Small Animals (via WMMNA)

Sandy Skoglund (via Armchair Aquarium)

Sara Lando

Sarina Brewer

Scott a. a. Bibus

Scott Musgrove

Shen Shaomin

Simen Johan (via Lost At E Minor)

György Pálfi's Taxidermia (via my brother. Thanks for the DVD!)

Tessa Farmer (via Spy's Spice)

This Must Be Designed By Idiots

Trish Carney

Walter Potter's Museum of Curiosities (hosted by A Case of Curiosities)

Wim Delvoye

RECENT ADDITIONS

Angela Singer (via Jeanie)

The Guardian: Back from the dead

Bryan Crockett

Martin Schwarz's Bürstentierchen

Jon Gipe's Cabinet of Curiosities (via BoingBoing)

Wurzeltod's Cabinets de Curiosités

Catherine Chalmers

David Altmejd

Eugene Parnell

David McKinley's Heads & Tails Taxidermy

Heidi Taillefer

Ione Rucquoi (via Nikki Magennis)

Jennifer Angus

Joss McKinley

Julia deVille

Laurie Hogin

McKinley and Son

Curious Expedition's Monstrorium Historia (.. and photo set)

Morbid Tendencies

Jeanie M.'s Mouse Angel

Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders

Necromance

Nicole McConville

Polly Morgan (via Melanie Haarhaus)

Tara Tucker