Los Angeles-born artist Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life; this appreciation is nowhere more evident than in her work. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she brings forth a new cavalcade of creatures from the darker corners of the streets, the city, the imagination. It is this melancholy interaction between man-made status symbols and suffering specimens of nature that make up her intricate body of workwww.elizabethmcgrath.com
A brand new museum in Brooklyn, dedicated to the artifacts and ideas which fall through the cracks.
For over six years, Morbid Anatomy has been showcasing, preserving, and championing forgotten and liminal artifacts, art, and ideas, providing a home for those things which would otherwise fall through the cracks of collection, informed discussion and exhibition. Now, Morbid Anatomy is moving into a 3-floor, 4,200 square foot building in the Gowanus and completely renovating it. But to do it--and to make it the most fantastic space possible--we need your help!www.kickstarter.com
Nearly five hundred years ago European collectors arranged their pieces in cabinets of curiosities (Wunderkabinette) in an attempt to display their rare pieces. As collections grew, the more ambitious set aside rooms called Wunderkammern (Rooms of Wonder) for visitors to come and view their collections. These were the first museums. Today, the internet allows the possibility of visiting museums without leaving one’s home, and similarly, the possibility of constructing a virtual Wunderkabinett -- my cabinet of curiosities.
What sort of curiosities will you find? I have been collecting for more than thirty years, and my collecting wanders around the theme of visual entertainment, and almost all of the collection dates from before 1900. Over time you will find magic lanterns, peepshows, shadows, transparencies, thaumatropes, phenakistascopes and a variety of other optical toys. You may find things that seem odd in this collection, however, always remember that collecting is a very personal thing and these items may stretch the boundaries of visual entertainment but nevertheless have found a place in my collection.www.dickbalzer.com
Naoto Hattori was born in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design in Tokyo before moving to New York to study in the School of Visual Arts. He received numerous award from many art competitions and he has been published in many art magazines. Of his work, he says : "My vision is like a dream, whether it's a sweet dream, a nightmare, or just a trippy dream. I try to see what's really going on in my mind, and that's a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-consciousness creativity. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it i and paint whatever I see in my mind with no compromise. That way, I create mu own vision."www.wwwcomcom.com
The Chirurgeons Apprentice is a site that is dedicated to a study of early modern 'chirurgeons' [surgeons], and all the blood and gore that comes with it. Surgeons are amongst the highest paid professionals in the medical world today. They are the ‘miracle-workers’ of the 21st century, capable of saving and transforming the lives of their patients.
At the beginning of the 17th century, chirurgeons were closely related to barbers and other craftsmen who learned their trade through apprenticeships. After the Restoration, however, chirurgeons broke from their medieval role and began participating in important medical debates. Their advocacy of ‘practical’ medicine and experimentation distinguished them from their university-educated counterparts, the physicians, and helped elevate their role in the medical marketplace.www.thechirurgeonsapprentice.com
Rick Genest, aka Rico the Zombie, aka Zombie Boy.www.rickgenest.com
Preserved wet specimen bat floats inside glass sphere within non-toxic, non-flammable solution. Bat can be gently shifted within it's sealed globe into desired position. all sit upon and old oxidized ornate metal base. Measurement at base is 7 inches by 8 3/4 inches daigon alley ( sorry... couldn't help it) by 5 1/4 inches tall total. Glass sphere is 4 3/4 inches in diameter.$139 @ The Curioddities Cabinet
Come visit the strangest attraction in Texas. See wax figures of your favorite monsters as well as Shrunken Heads, Freaks of Nature, The Fiji Mermaid, Bigfoot, Mummies, Giant Lizard, Ghosts and The Unexplained.www.museumoftheweird.com
Surveying the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a new library, exhibition and event space opening in 2014 in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. It will continue the work of The Mobid Anatomy Library, a highly influential presence in the resurgence of the culture of curiosity. Since the Library's inception, Mobid Anatomy has become a term unto itself: a phrase that embodies the intersections of art and medicine, beauty and death. Having successfully established ourselves, we're outgrown our current home and are expanding, contributing a vibrant new voice to the New York non-profit cultural community.
Brooklyn, New York View Mapwww.morbidanatomymuseum.org