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Monday, March 08, 2010

Taxidermy and You

The South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX will be starting this Friday.
I plan on devoting most of the week to Austin and SXSW posts.
However, I haven't written a single thing yet!
In the meantime, please enjoy this gallery of Maurizio Cattelan's work.
I learnt of Cattelan this weekend while in Houston. The Menil Collection is currently exhibiting some of his pieces. I'm still brewing what I think about him.

What are your thoughts?









25 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Shandi said...

this is really great stuff...I have kind of a soft spot for taxidermy (it's pretty evident on my blog...at least in it's early stages). I'm excited to read your posts on SXSW...I wish I could go!

:)

http://intotheninth.blogspot.com

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Benny Paul said...

Whoa. Are all the animals taxidermy? Is the person a mannequin?
Taxidermy usually rubs me the wrong way but I do enjoy freaky sculptures. Have you ever seen Patricia Piccinini's sculptures?
I was thinking about festivals like SXSW the other day and realized that I've never really experienced anything like SXSW. I've never been in a city small enough for the festival to be that huge, or a city big enough for the festival to be relevant. I hope to check it out one year.

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger Apryl said...

I dig the pachedermy taxydermy.

And seeing spot not run.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Juliette said...

Whoa, talk about creepy. Who would want that in their house? It would definitely scar me for life.
*shudder*

It reminds me of that movie called "Untitled" which is about a woman who owns an art gallery and she displays animal taxidermy artwork.

WhereForArtThouRomeo

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger IT said...

I was gonna say that horse is well hung. Then I realized it's mule. So my comment would have been irrelevant.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger "Julie" said...

I'm going to be in ATX for SXSW! sOO stoked! can't wait to read your posts about it!

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Christine Macdonald said...

The irony of the ghost elephant is priceless...

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Mel said...

Oh, these are dark and disturbing. I love it!

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Very interesting. But a little macabre. Shock value turns me off sometimes.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Meh... creeps me out a little to tell the truth... uh, no wait... creeps me out more than a little.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Allie said...

Those pieces are awesome! Is it completely Inappropriate that I laughed at the dead squirrel? Hahahahah the artist is fantastic.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Summer said...

I think they're pretty dumb, on the surface. But I tend to be easily taken into someone else's state of mind, so if I could read an explanation of them from the artist himself, I might have a change of heart.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger bard said...

I get the subtle impression that he's not too keen on Christianity. ;)

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Randall said...

Well. These are wonderful. But that aside.

That elephant. Outstanding.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Lucky Lizard Ranch said...

Interesting and thought provoking; the elephant is a nice touch!

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger subcomandante quito said...

i was at the menile this weekend too!
my favorite was the creepy drummer boy atop the museum roof.
oh! & the wonderful lady at the lobby. though, she was not part of any exhibit.

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger That Chelsea Girlâ„¢ said...

As someone that grew up in hunting culture, taxidermy doesn't scare me one bit. I love the juxtaposition.

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger cjschlottman said...

Lauren Dear, I'll have to get back to you on this one. Always interesting and thought provoking.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Julie, The Wife said...

Freaky deaky. But I do have my own taxied squirrel in the house, so I can't point fingers.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger flyraeven said...

I feel like a bad person for being so amused by some of these. But I am. I really am. My favorites would have to be the priest and the elephant ghost. Too awesome. It's like body worlds, but more thought-provoking, offensive, and creepy!

 
At 10:17 PM, Blogger Adrienne Hadaway said...

I don't pretend to be an authority on contemporary art but I think that being controversial just for the sake of being controversial without an actual meaning (there may be one - I don't know) seems a little pretentious and silly.

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger WILDasaMINK said...

I think I have to tell my friend Bob to check this out. He really digs taxidermy--his whole freakin apt. is full of it, kinda creepy to any poor lassie he lures back to his apartment, but I kinda like that it adds to his skeeze factor.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger M. said...

Fucking awesome!!!

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger Colleen said...

I've said it on my blog before: what makes art special is that it's not universally understood.

I think I understand this artist's work. I just find it offensive.

But, I am looking forward to your SXSW posts!

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger T!nK said...

okay. the bottom one creeps me the fuck out. if i saw that in person i would have to run out of the room.

oh yeah, I am truly scared of zombies. swearsies.

that weird?

 

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