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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Underwater lava flows, predatory dinosaurs, and little poems to drift off to sleep…. In short, I’m busy.

As if I ever STOPPED being busy..ha!

Amongst the herd of cycloptic/multi-eyed, rainbow colored creatures being released this summer is a giant taxidermy/sculpture dinosaur bust, a massive-eyed mutant piece titled “It who makes the Space, makes the Time”, my revised LED-illuminated “Moon” creature, and the most incredible “Atomic Squid battles the Nuclear Submarine” diorama that ever claimed to exist, or probably ever existed. (BUT ~I’ll save that last one for my next post…enjoy pics of the former for now ;} )

In addition, soon I will make my public announcement of my participation on a Wild network television program, as well as debut a brand new artist website, online store, T-Shirt design(s), and more!

As usual, stay cool Planet Earth~+~Keep Watching!

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“It’s What’s Inside that Counts” ~Taxidermic Sculpture hybrid artist: Emi Slade 2012

Follow my tumblr here to stay connected ( http://theartofemislade.tumblr.com/ ) , and visit my taxidermic design side-project for more original works and project information: ( http://m.facebook.com/pages/Haus-of-Imy-ut-a-taxidermy-design-project/223128647767800?id=223128647767800&_rdr )

Haus of Imy-Ut ( Tips on pronunciation; “house of Eme Ut”. The “U” in “ut” is heavy and deep-as in “up”. Its both elegant and guttural, ancient and contemporary…….well, At least I think so anyway ♥)

“Haus of Imy-ut” is a taxidermy design project created in early 2012 by sculptural artist Emily Slade. The purpose of this project is to explore the world of taxidermy through a new design lens and create both conceptual and decorative works of natural-origin art. The content of these works varies greatly from piece to piece, and swings from innocent to vile depending on the animal(s) used in the creation. With a strong focus on ethical collection, non-toxic production, and individuality expressed by the subjects-each piece from the H.O.I. collection is a work of soulful attachment and human interpretation.”

That being stated, here are images to my completed cross-over piece. I was thinking of signing the piece with the new seal for “H.O.Iu” or to stick with my standard smoking mushroom. I figured this piece should probably still retain my original signature as I hope it serves to expose to a new area a representative of my career/styles. Its horrible, and amazing, and nightmarish.    I’m proud.

~xo

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Surf and Turf: An exercise of two disciplines..

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As my system of organization continues to grow, so does the transition from idea to reality become easier for me. The equivilant to a restaurant with ideas coming in quick and steady, orders scribbled on note pads with almost illegible ink, and always with loud children and chattering strangers in the distance. My job is to stand tall in the kitchen and collect the materials, test the quality, then execute the goods! I like things to be fresh and fast…pretending Im a one woman army of great dishes and steamy piles of…oh wait, …….I mean..”finished” works of art. 😉

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That being said, here is tonights order! First up is the radial echinoderm mutanty thing.This work-in-progress is designed to appear stuck to the wall, with a blazing spiral eyeball to hypnotize. Its writhing, whirling, tentacles will whip around in a bloom of incredible color for maximum coolness. Not sure what colors I’ll go with on this one…but I have an idea.
Second in line and surely my wrap up for the evening, is the mighty mouse duo. Well, not really mighty mice persay, let’s go with the mice and cups duo. Real mice, real china tea cups.
Now I know many of my fans are curious about the ethical acquisition of my taxidermy pieces, so let me just state now for the record…its squeaky clean! Well, maybe “squeak” was a poor choice of pun. But these mice for example, were my pets. Treated with love and respect, I carefully chose my gentle little creatures to spend thier lives with me in comfort. They became tame and happy, and fat and old. Mice inherintly have a high mortality rate, so what is a year or two to enjoy an animal and wait? Maybe thats wierd, but the world of taxidermy is loaded with blurry lines, and this is the best I could do!

Below are images of both projects, wish me luck on my most unpleasant aspect of creation. For the sake of art!       *yack* *wharf*

Muhaahaha!