by Suzanne on May 19th, 2011
From the Little Savages series by Tessa Farmer, 2007 - click to enlarge
From their press release:
"The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ISAM: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things."
Opening reception: Wed, May 25, 2011, 6 - 9 PM
On show: May 26 - June 3, 2011
Gallery hours: 11 AM - 5 PM
... and in other visionary, sequential and plain heartbreaking news:
i) Check out Winnie Truong's amazing studies:
ii) Kindred spirit Lynn Kost is leaving Lucerne's Fumetto Comix Festival after 7 years - 5 of which directing it - and he will be greatly missed as he combined nerd-dom and connoisseurship like no other and I'm actually pretty devastated about this news. So long, Lynn... (,_,)
iii) Li-Wan and Guo Zhongfan both had a day they'll never forget...
by Suzanne on May 21st, 2008
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
Oh, and guess who's gonna see Indy tonight at midnight?! *cracks whip*
by Suzanne on February 21st, 2008
Richard Ducker has brought together an inspiring set of a dozen artists for a themed group show at Fieldgate Gallery in London.
View exhibited works
Private View: Tomorrow, February 22, 2008, 6 - 9 PM
Address: 14 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES, tel: 07957 228351 | Map
Open: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 6 PM
by Suzanne on January 25th, 2008
From the Swarm series by Tessa Farmer, 2004
So all Londoners interested in cryptozoological insects performing a grotesque Danse Macabre in a microcosmic wonderland, shouldn't miss their final chance to see Tessa's installation of ghastly little apocalyptic chitin riders.
Sweet nightmares (are made of these).
From the Swarm series by Tessa Farmer, 2004
Closing date: Monday, January 28, 5:30 PM
Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK, Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000
How to get there: Within walking distance of South Kensington tube station (District, Circle & Piccadilly lines)
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 ---'
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...
This article has been listed on:
Tia Resleure's A Case of Curiosities
Angela Singer (via Jeanie)
The Guardian: Back from the dead
Martin Schwarz's Bürstentierchen
Wurzeltod's Cabinets de Curiosités
David McKinley's Heads & Tails Taxidermy
Jeanie M.'s Mouse Angel
Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders