- A strong desire to know or learn something.2. A strange or unusual object or fact…You know what it did to the cat. And now I’ve brought it out for you.“Cabinet & Curiosity” is an installation style piece inspired by the late H.P Lovecraft and his world of the twisted, tentacled, macabre. Installed inside a heavily distressed and “reborn” gothic style clock tower lives this horrid and rather enormous wriggling beast. It’s single, penetrating golden eye never loses it’s fixation, never blinks, and never ever stops shining. Atop the head of the beast are translucent pustules and tattered rudimentary wings and arm-like projections. The creature appears to be in a sort of recently disturbed repose, at first relaxing inside it’s age old and scratched to the bone cabinet home, only now beginning it’s slow creeping decent upon it’s new viewer.you have to see this one to believe it, but unless you’re in Washington state, these pictures (or a purchase) will have to do.…“Cabinet & Curiosity” is currently on display at the Red Raven Gallery, Port Townsend WA for the “What the Moon Brings” Lovecraft show. Available works can be purchased through the gallery HERE.…Be careful out there….
Ahhhh, fall. Quite possibly one of the best times of year, and undoubtedly..a busy time for an artist like me. This year is no exception and as anticipated I find myself stepping off of a 5 week creative blur with several impressive new pieces to share with you, each different and unique in it’s own unusual way.
Kicking off September right, my dream creature for La Luz de Jesus Gallery’s much anticipated “Coaster Show”. For those of you outside Hollywood, CA: La Luz de Jesus Gallery has quite the reputation for being an ever-evolving arena of ground-breaking and original art shows, bizarre pop culture festivities, creative book signings, and yes,… even rogue taxidermy demos. Seeking to outdo themselves a second time around (the first show was a smash success of course, but why settle) the La Luz team invited virtually everyone from the fine art circuit to accept, tinker, and return what would later be over 1,500 mini masterpieces of lowbrow coasterific art. But why Coasters you ask? To coincide with LA’s Beer week of course, and to remind the world of the inherent beauty of approachable, hilarious, absurd art for drunken patrons sake. This is my favorite kind of show: over-the-top and sometimes, even under the belt line.
Here’s my contribution; a dreamy Raven I dreamed up, aptly named: “Dream Raven” (I know, I know..I’m a master with words.)
Hello Folks! Boy do I have some goodies for your eyeballs today! Debuting June 14th @ Clutter Gallery are my brand new and shockingly lively sculptural renditions of a Cassowary Bird and a mutant leucistic Alligator (with tentacles of course!) These sculptures are very unique to my previous collections and are omens of the evolution my work is undergoing. The Cassowary bust stands a hefty 20″ tall and features the use of black bear fur scraps on its body and eyebrows. The gorgeous blue-eyed reptilian is also a breach from my typical “sea” inspired works, and is the beginning of a long love affair with these charismatic and dangerous freshwater creatures. A quick google search will reveal that both animals are largely considered “lethal” yet both sculptures reflect a whimsical and approachable side, reminding viewers deadly is also beautiful, and curious about you as well. Both original works will be available for sale through the gallery directly and online, and interested collectors are encouraged to sign up for the exclusive “Gallery Preview” here to get their hands on their favorite picks. “Tenebrous” is a group sculptural exhibition and features the works of several top creators in this field. If you are local, stop by for the opening June 14th with a reception from 6-9pm at The Clutter Gallery, 163 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Visit Clutters website here for more information regarding the magazine, gallery, or online social hubs.
As expected I jumped from one crazy double-headed weekend into a second, then a third, and so on. ( It occurs to me I must THRIVE on this chaos because I am knocking out awesome work right and left while also shedding a few hairs around the studio tables!)
Anyways, I lagged in promoting here (though admittedly I am very active on my Facebook pages and Instagram – add me there!) but in early May I was a featured artist at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO. With anyone who needs a refresher, Spectrum is a hardcover annual expose’ on the best of the best in the fantasy, horror, and sci-fi arts community. As quoted on their official website: “Spectrum matches or significantly exceeds the circulations of the other art annuals/source books published each year. Spectrum is sold in the mass market through all the major bookstores. Copies are also sent to many art directors and publishers to maximize exposure for the artists featured in the book. More eyes means more opportunities. As an international resource, participants report receiving commissions for work from clients from around the globe who have cited Spectrum as their contact source. Spectrum doesn’t exist to categorize or define fantastic art; rather, it exists to honor the imaginations of very special artists who delight in helping us see the world in a wonderfully different light. It’s our job to help them reach a wider appreciative audience.” In Summary, SPECTRUM ROCKS.
Now for the last three years Spectrum has gone live and hosts an enormous gathering of 200+ of their featured artists, and dazzles us with meet and greets, top notch catering (yum), and the always a spectacle “Spectrum Awards Ceremony”. We walk the red carpet, have our photos snapped by paparazzi, and generally carry on like 200 + amazing artists under one seriously lavish roof could be expected to. As I did last year, I had the time of my life shaking hands with legends and selling my best works to a hungry-for-more collector population! Below you will find some pics I was somehow able to snap before the show opened and tried to capture the feel for the event (though there is virtually NO way to capture the size)…however, as many of you understand, this energy transcends far beyond what a camera can capture and I guess you really did just have to be there!
From the bottom of my squishy tentacled heart, I’d like to thank the Lazarus Potter, all the participating artists, and of course Fenners for their continued support and generosity in light, love, and art magic. Until next year….God Speed Fellow Spectrumites, God Speed!!!!
Kicking off this weekend is much anticipated “Rogue Taxidermy Biannual” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA which features the most groundbreaking artists working in the controversial medium today.
Quoted from La Luz’s website; “This is not your granddady’s taxidermy: road kill is a central part of the “recycled” philosophy of this unusual and enlightening exhibition, as are discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade and animals that have expired from natural causes. Other sculptures utilize taxidermy techniques in an unorthodox way to fashion fantastic beasts from everyday materials–even the recycled pelts of toy stuffed animals. Elements of technology and decoration combine to create ornaments that approach high art, not only in craft, but in concept.
Materials and even species are mixed, helping to broaden presumptive definitions.
Pieces in this exhibition span Steam Punk to Rococo -from playful to elegant.
On Saturday, May 3rd from 2 until 5 PM, Katie, Divya, and Lauren will present a live taxidermy demonstration using prepared and raw materials as they answer questions about the artform.
For all you midwestern folks, I’ve also got something good for you too!
YOURS TRULY: 100 POSTCARDS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Public Opening Reception: May 3rd 7-9PM
Special Collectors Preview: May 3rd 6-7PM (RSVP: $20, Call 618.407.5596 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yours Truly is am awareness and fundraising exhibition for the Human Rights Campaign. The Exhibition will feature 100 artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. On the back of each postcard is a very special message from the featured artist answer this questions: “If you could say one thing to someone living in desperation, what would it be?”. Each answer to this question will be kept a secret until after the postcard has been purchased. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home right away showing your support. 100% of Proceeds Donated to the Human Rights Campaign! We aim to raise awareness, bring hope and also create a special connection with our audience. We hope you will join us and spread the word!
More information or available works can be found here: http://alexieragallery.com/upcoming/
As I had hoped, sure enough 2014 started off with a bang! 2013 was a roller coaster with extreme highs and lows, and near the end quarter my production had slowed down to a near lurch. Thankfully, my period of deep reflection and careful planning erupted a new tier of inspiration and zest for creation that I am very much enjoying. I am back to full swing production and have never been so happy or proud to be near my desk again!
Gearing up my newest wave of work for this year were some interesting acrylic paintings, some epic sculpted sea creatures, and some truly outstanding taxidermy/sculptural hybrids. While I have also been creating private & commission works to keep the art machine that is my studio running, I have been chatting with some amazing new friends and curators and have found great homes for all these reckless and wild public works of art. Alexi Era Gallery in Saint Louis, MO has included my “Gilded Cuttlefish” and “Archetype of Adventure” works in their current exhibition “Indelible”. Here is the link for the gallery and show~HERE. The previous show “Small Treasures” (Also at Alexi Era) debuted alongside “Mass Culture” and featured my two little octopi sharing a moment of loving embrace.
La Luz de Jesus in Hollywood, CA reached out and received the two taxidermic animal hybrids “Arctic Merfox” and “Conjoined Jackalope”. Both of these sculptures are entirely hand made from eyes to elbows, and the animal parts were collected from extremely ethical sources. The “Arctic Merfox” is a wild, underwater sea fox with wild snapping jaws, gills, tentacles, and flicking tongue. The creature is constructed with arctic fox fur remnants and domestic rabbit fur. The teeth and mouth are all sculpted using the same techniques as I use to create sea creatures; layers of polymer and epoxy clay sculpted and painted to perfection . The “Conjoined Jackalope” is a very elegantly fused pair of rabbit heads, with fused sculpted antlers and melded double features. The muzzles were also enlarged and rounded to create a more antelope like profile.
These pieces for the “Biannual Rogue Taxidermy Show” will be available for purchase May 2nd (opening night) through La Luz online or in person at the event. I will post more information regarding other participating artists as the event nears, but just as it was 2 years ago when I visited with my nightmare rabbit, this will be a one-of-a-kind experience and will not fail to impress in every possible way!
Link to LA Luz de Jesus gallery site HERE.