Polly Morgan moved to East London to read English Literature in 1998. As an undergraduate she became acquainted with many prominent artists working in the area and, encouraged by their example, took up taxidermy and began making sculptural work in 2004.
Having studied with Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson, Morgan began to play with and dismantle taxidermy traditions, creating sculptures that brought her work to the attention of many notable collectors and curators both in Britain and internationally.www.pollymorgan.co.uk
This Costume Institute exhibition explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Approximately thirty ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.
The thematic exhibition is organized chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute's collection, including mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. The calendar of bereavement's evolution and cultural implications is illuminated through women's clothing and accessories, showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve.www.metmuseum.org
The Werewolf skull bears the clear signs of Lycanthropy, melding human and wolf anatomy. The Nosferatu skull possesses both human and bat characteristics invoking vampires and gothic horrors. These monstrous specimens are well suited for scientific display in a curiosity cabinet or part of any gothic decor.
Each measures 7" tall with the base, and 4.5" front to back. Skull is cast in resin and hand painted, mounted on a wooden rod into a painted resin base.Nosferatu Fetal Skull Display Werewolf Fetal Skull Display
This is a digitally sculpted, 3D printed and highly articulated Werewolf skeleton. In a can! The model consists of 22 parts, with 18 points of articulation, for a wide and realistic variety of poses. It stands approximately 7 inches tall when fully assemble in an upright pose. Each model also comes with assembly instructions, if you're in a rush to get it together, and two sets of hands, in opened and closed poses.$70 @ Mythic Articulations
Michael Hussar creates original oil paintings. Trained by painters Richard Bunkall, Dwight Harmon, and Judy Crook; and draftsmen Harry Carmean and Burne Hogarth. Taught Portraiture-Head Painting for almost 10 years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and continues to teach portrait painting workshops in the United States and Europe.
Hussar's oil paintings and drawings are very provocative and often somewhat objectionable because they are intensely realistic.www.michaelhussar.com
In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.
I hand sculpt each piece out of porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out. Smaller forms are built petal by petal, branch by branch and allow me the chance to get immersed in close study of the structure of a blossom or a bee. I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value. I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability.Explore More ...
French artist Julien Martinez, born in 1970, has a knack for creating characters imbued with a strong sense of melancholia, with red sagging eyes, wildly unkempt hair and funereal garb. Martinez says his inspiration comes from visual and literary sources, movies and fairy tales, and the history of costumes.www.ozzdollsfactory.com
Theatre Bizarre has been the singular, must-see annual event since it launched (illegally) in the early days of the 21st century. Year after year, its creators return with a spectacular event unlike anything else on earth.
Since finding its permanent home at Detroit’s Masonic Temple (the largest in the world), Theatre Bizarre has been offering progressively grander and more decadent events to those lucky enough to get a ticket. In late October each year, thousands of elaborately-clad and eager attendees fill the carved stone hallways of the labyrinthine tower as they move throughout the night from one indescribable performance to another. Detroit’s most adventurous souls slipping anonymously past each other as they celebrate their darkest selves into the early hours of the morning. It’s proven to be a very popular formula. In fact, the biggest challenge facing Theatre Bizarre has always been capacity. And now, they’ve solved the problem in grand style.
The Grand Preview Gala offers a whole new, far more intimate Theatre Bizarre experience. With just a few hundred attendees (as opposed to the thousands that attend the main event) the night is an elegant affair with an open bar, strolling dinner and valet parking included in the price of admission. Gala guests will enjoy selected performances from past shows, highlights from this year’s show, and exclusive sets created especially for that night only. Costumed attendees will follow a trail of fire-eaters, burlesque performers and musical acts as they follow the evening’s path through the historic site.www.theatrebizarre.com
Freakshows, Zombie Strippers, Gore, Creepy Clowns, Samurai Swords Electric Chairs and Cabaret Anarchy... It's Halloween at Intrepid Fox!
Expect spooktacular cleavage and complete carnage Friday 31st October, as the Royal Tease take the wheel and drive The Fox straight to the pit of a freakshow frenzy!
See Mynxie's Haunted House with freakshow performances by
• Boom Boom - Creepy Clown +++ Zombie Stripper
• Adam Anarchy - Samurai Swords +++ Electric Chair
Mischief orchestrated by
Plus! Win tattoo time, comics, t-shirts, Carved pumpkin competition and more!www.facebook.com/events/718224354924745/