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on genetic variety and the human body

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I picked up this book a while back at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia (one of my most favorite places ever) and have been totally engrossed with it for the past few days. It goes into the science of how weird things happen to certain people- why some folks are born with deformities, how some oddities develop over time... and does so with such an unassuming clarity. It's like one minute you're reading a fanciful storybook about some fascinating creature and the next minute you're looking through a microscope at malformed/mutated cells/genes in attempts to determine the cause of such conditions. Perhaps it will inform my work somehow...

 I can't get Asger Carlsen's manipulated photographs out of my mind...

I spent some time yesterday watching this movie (see below)... Freaks - made in 1932. Two people mentioned it to me in one day, so I figured it was a must-see. All the characters/actors are true circus "freaks." I hate using that word in that way...

hans bellmer => asger carlsen

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After my first full day at Elsewhere (more on this kooky place soon), I'm starting to think about what I might like to work of during my 4 weeks here. Still not quite certain of where or how I'd like the work to function/live, but I know I want/need to work with mannequins and doll parts in some way shape or form. There are just SO many of them here it's irresistible. I've also got my eye on a box of ratty wigs. I'm thinking some sort of interactive 3-D collage (and by collage I mean sort of similar to the collages I've been doing recently). Hans Bellmer, of whom I am an enormous fan, immediately comes to mind when I think of mannequins turned sculpture... (though I actually prefer his drawings)

  Just now, as I was trolling through Bellmer images, I came across some photo work by Asger Carlsen, and all I can say is WHOA! His photo manipulations are wow wow wow wow...
Interview with Asger Carlsen from Glossom on Vimeo.


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Contradition is so much a part of this project. The inside is made of an exterior, the self is made an other, the outside becomes enmeshed within, and the body becomes enmeshed with its surroundings. Like an animal that can camouflage itself in its natural environment, the artists have described the Interiors  to be about a subject “incapable of demarcating the boundaries of its own body…[a subject] lost in the immensity that surrounds it”.
 From "Aziz + Cucher: Landscapes and Interiors" by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz

dorota sadovska

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I just came across Dorota Sadovska's work this evening... and it is right up my alley! The image above is almost exactly what I've been thinking about doing recently (though rethinking it now) and the images below remind me of some of the paintings I was working on last year. I really love this lady's work... apparently she's a pretty big deal in Slovakia!

drooling over tim hawkinson

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Fruit, 2004
Ink-Jet Prints on Foam Core on Panel
I checked out an enormous pile of art books from the library today. I cracked open the one on Tim Hawkinson first and haven't put it down since. I'm a HUGE fan of this guy's work (as in, one of his drawings is the background of my computer screen, and has been for the past 2 years)... I've posted about him before... and I'm sure I'll be posting about him again. His work covers such a range of one amazing thing after another. Unrestrained by a particular media, his playfulness and fastidiousness are present in all he creates. I could blab about his work all day, but I'll get back to reading about it for now and instead leave you with these images, which are particularly relevant to some things I've been thinking about recently in my own work. So good. SO good. SO GOOD.
Untitled, 2003
Unique Photographs on Foamcore on Panel
5' 8"(H) x 9' 9"(W)
Totem, 2004
Unique Photographs on Foamcore on Board
10' 2"(H) x 3' 3"(W) x 2"(D)
Untitled, 2003
Unique Photographs on Foamcore on Panel
5' 8"(H) x 9' 9"(W)

drawing (droodling)

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3" x 8"
ink on paper

I'm onto some new-ish things in the studio. This drawing above is the start of something. It's primarily serving as one of many studies for some larger paintings I plan to do with polyurethane and oil paint... so we'll see about that! I've been looking at a lot of photos online of skin... all kinds of photos... but the really zoomed in ones of skin layers are by far the best. I found these at 


hans bellmer & unica zürn

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Wow! I can't believe I'm seeing these images for the first time. The one above, in particular, really grabs me... SO good. My friend Michelle suggested I check out Zürn's drawings after I mentioned my interest/fascination with orifices (in my own work). Her drawings are neat (as are Bellmer's sculptures) but these collaborative photographs between the pair are juuuust right. A perfect balance/blending of informality, performance, documentation, manipulation, seduction, deformation, etc.

spencer tunick

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I recently watched one of the documentaries on photographer, Spencer Tunick. This one, called "Naked World," followed Spencer to all seven continents to photograph naked people in each. I've also seen "Naked States," in which he does the same in all 50 US states. A pretty neat idea, although I find the actual process and the final product to be much more interesting than the films.

Spencer Tunick's photographs serve as documentation for his site-specific installations of masses of naked people in public spaces. Though the photo itself is the end product, the art piece is made up of the entire event, which requires much planning and often turns into quite the production for all involved parties. It becomes a sort of performance, particularly in the way that it involves hundreds, often thousands, of participants.

Tunick states on his website that "the individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one's views of nudity and privacy."

I love the way he uses the flesh as raw material, as if the bodies are the blocks with which he is building.

His photos take on a wide range of aesthetics and emotions. Some are dark, others are humorous. Some are rigid, while others are amorphous. Some I enjoy more than others.