The Strange Artworks of Emi Slade….

………………………………………………………………………Art News and Upcoming Exhibitions


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Double-headed Weekend of Oddity and Wonder!

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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: info@alexieragallery.com)

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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/

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Big Updates: Back in the Saddle Again!

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.

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Wow! Much needed update ~ New works on exhibit at the New Alexi Era Gallery

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Wow! Much needed update ~ New works on exhibit at the New Alexi Era Gallery

These are the flyers for the last two shows I was honored to be involved with @ Alexi Era Gallery! My piece “Sharing a moment” which is two octopus lovers exchanging a caress and a gift of sparkling stone, debuted along with Mass Culture in the accompanying group mini show “Small Treasures”.
Currently on exhibit is the beautiful “Indelible” show, featured work from superstar artists Yoko-d’Holbachie, Valency Genis, Chris Haas, Scott Holloway, Cory Benhatzel, yours truly, and many many more! My two pieces (Available for purchase) are the “Archetype of Adventure” a large blue salty sea creature with a thousand stories but only one good eye. His body is dimpled with fish hooks, tattoos, battle scars, and all the little details you’d expect on an old time octo-mariner. Second is the bejeweled “Gilded Cuttlefish”, a highly textured and golden brushed cuttlefish sculpture, equip with an oracle inspired glass gem “eye” and ornate faux-wrought iron body details. Both pieces are sure to leave a mark on their viewers, naturally ❤

Click the flyer images to be redirected to the current Alexi Era show coverage and online gallery or visit http://alexieragallery.com/ to learn more about this brilliant new gallery!


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“Artist Emi Slade specializes in monstrous sculptures and taxidermy”; an Interview with the Ann Arbor News

“If you are looking for art that is delightful freaky, look no further than the art of Emi Slade. Her fantastical sculptures of deep sea creatures, biology-inspired art, and “rouge” taxidermy sells rather well, which must mean there are plenty of oddballs among us.”

“Beyond biology, she also draws inspiration from monster movies. “It’s always about an abnormal event, and my brain thinks in terms of abnormal events,” she says.

Read the complete article following the link below:

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/11/emi_slade_discusses_her_monste.html

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STUDIO VISIT: Emi Slade An Interview with Detroit’s Metro Times

Meet Emi SladeHer work is an eclectic mix of painting, sculpting, airbrushing and taxidermy. She draws inspiration from classic science fiction novels, vintage psychedelic art, and contemporary pop surrealism. These inspirations show through in a body of work that includes large-eyed tentacled creatures and monocled skunks with top hats………”

Read the complete article following the link below:

http://metrotimes.com/arts/visual-art/studio-visit-emi-slade-1.1503662

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