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Art Craft

Decaying Animal Skeletons Crocheted From String by Artist Caitlin McCormack

July 17, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Caitlin McCormack creates crocheted animals that appear to decay in front of your eyes, delicate corpses crafted from cotton string and glue. To produce each of her sculptures she must stiffen the string which produces a consistency similar to the bone tissue of the animals she is recreating. These fragile remains appear extremely macabre, a typically cute hobby made somewhat morbid.

Documented on dark backgrounds, the details of her creations are all the more apparent, string dangling from bits of the animals’s arms and wings as if it was truly decomposing. By using a technique inherited from her deceased relatives McCormack says she “aim[s] to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains.”

McCormack studied Illustration at the University of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Her work will be featured within Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York which runs through October 15th. (via Laughing Squid and Beautiful Decay)

World Before the World, 2014

World Before the World, 2014

World Before the World II, 2014

World Before the World II, 2014

Bound, As It Were, 2015

Bound, As It Were, 2015

Mothering, 2015

Mothering, 2015

Ghost, 2014

Ghost, 2014

Crawlspace, 2014

Crawlspace, 2014

The Organist, 2013

The Organist, 2013

 

 



Art

A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France

January 2, 2014

Christopher Jobson

ESTUAIRE 2012 ©Gino Maccarinelli

Kamel Mennour, photo by Gino Maccarinelli

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via Flickr

Completed in 2012, Serpent d’océan is a giant aluminum sea serpent skeleton by artist Huang Yong Ping (previously) situated off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay just outside of Nantes, France. Measuring nearly 425 feet (130 meters) in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012. Via Nantes Tourisme:

By having a major figure from Chinese mythology appear on European shores, Huang Yong Ping examines, the notions of identity and cultural hybridity, as is often the case in his work. The environmental question is also very present in his art where he regularly exposes the paradox of the man sawing the branch he is sitting on, torn between creative abilities and destructive impulses. This is one of the many possible interpretations of this work: placed on the beach, the skeleton appears with the tide and, little by little, will be home to marine fauna and flora.

Depending on weather conditions, tide levels, or the perspective of a photographer, Serpent d’océan appears dramatically different from day to day, a phenomenon you can witness over on Flickr. (via Beautiful Decay)

 

 



Art Photography

Evolution: A Stunning Monochromatic Exploration of Vertebrate Skeletons by Patrick Gries

November 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Horse and rider

Horse and Rider © Patrick Gries

Opah

Opah © Patrick Gries

Cheetah

Cheetah © Patrick Gries

African Elephant

African Elephant © Patrick Gries

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Rattlesnake © Patrick Gries

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Mandrill & Humbolt’s Wooly Monkey © Patrick Gries

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Orca © Patrick Gries

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Lemur © Patrick Gries

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Flamingo & Water Monitor © Patrick Gries

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© Xavier Barral

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© Xavier Barral

Created in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Evolution is an extraodinary collection of images by photographer Patrick Gries that tells the visual story of evolution through 300 black and white photos of vertebrate skeletons. Unlike a textbook approach to photography, the skeletons Gries’ photos appear to have been reanimated, artfully posed and lit in lifelike scenarios resulting in images that are both beautiful and haunting.

In addition to the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Gries acquired anatomical specimens from numerous veterinary and natural history museums throughout France and Monaco to round out the series of photos that are accompanied by passages from writer and scientist Dr. Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu. Evolution is available through Editions Xavier Barral.

All images courtesy Patrick Gries. (via Photojojo)

 

 



History Photography

The Beauty of Death: Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris

October 24, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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St. Albertus

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St. Valerius in Weyarn

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Hand of St. Valentin

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St. Benedictus

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Skull of St. Getreu in Ursberg

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St. Friedrich at the Benedictine abbey in Melk

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St. Valentinus in Waldsassen

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Relic of St. Deodatus in Rheinau

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In 1578 word spread of the discovery in Rome of a network of underground tombs containing the remains of thousands of early Christian martyrs. Many skeletons of these supposed saints were soon removed from their resting place and sent to Catholic churches in Europe to replace holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. Once in place the skeletons were then carefully reassembled and enshrined in costumes, wigs, jewels, crowns, gold lace, and armor as a physical reminder of the heavenly treasures that awaited in the afterlife.

Over the past few years photographer Paul Koudounaris who specializes in the photography of skeletal reliquaries, mummies and other aspects of death, managed to gain unprecedented access to various religious institutions to photograph many of these beautifully macabre shrines for the first time in history. The photos have been collected into a book titled Heavenly Bodies released by Thames & Hudson early next month. (via Hyperallergic)

 

 



Art

Rainbow Anatomy by Shok Oner

July 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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London-based street artist Shok Oner has been making work since the 1980s. I’m really enjoying his current series of rainbow hued x-ray pieces, some of which have been turned into prints. You can follow him over on Facebook and Flickr. (via street anatomy)

 

 



Art

Giant Chrome T-Rex Installed on the Seine River in Paris by Philippe Pasqua

July 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Anthony Gelot

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Photo by Anthony Gelot

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Photo by Anthony Gelot

Artist Philippe Pasqua recently completed installation of an impressive Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that now stands watch over the Seine river in Paris. The structure is made from 350 chrome molded bones and measures a full 21′ x 12′ (3m by 6m). Photographs above courtesy Anthony Gelot. If you liked this, also check out Huang Yong Ping’s stainless steel snake skeleton, Ressort.

 

 



Art

A Giant Aluminum Snake Skeleton Rises from a Pool of Water at the Queensland Art Gallery

May 26, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Currently on view at the Queensland Art Gallery is Ressort, a 174-foot (53 meter) aluminum and stainless steel snake skeleton by French/Chinese contemporary artist Huang Yong Ping. The twisting metal sculpture was commissioned for the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA which is the only major exhibition that focuses exclusively on contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and Australia. The snake plays a prominent role in much of Ping’s artwork, as the symbol of the serpent is generally considered a good omen in Chinese culture. You can see much more of the artist’s work over at Kamel Mennour gallery. (via my modern met)