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The surreal and disturbing sculptures by Yui Ishibari

 

Yui Ishibari is a japanese artist who works with paintings and sculptures, but her main focus is her sculptures. Ishibari creates disturbing and bizarre art pieces, portraying children taken by plants, in a grotesque fusion of body, leaves, branches and roots. Ishibari’s sculptures are made from a wide range of materials, from resin, steel wires, cloth, stone powder cray and wood. The final pieces are surreal figures, hopeless against the forces of nature, figures who accepted their cruel destiny, a metaphor for nature’s power over the man.
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Alex Randall

130412164132-taxidermy-comanche-horizontal-gallery alex-randall-2 alex-randall-3 alex-randall-5 large-antler-whiteback1-thumb-1240x1770-23563 pigeons1 randall2-thumb-645x663-23571 randall3-thumb-645x663-23573 randall4-thumb-1240x1858-23572 signature“Perhaps a subtle reference to the prominence of rodents in London (supposedly you’re never further than three feet from the creatures), the Rat Swarm lamp is a thing of dark pleasure. The On a Thread chandelier (pictured here, with its dangling, rusty saw blades, continues the macabre theme. Made from a couple of wooden legs—the light shines out from within its hollows— Patience, like all Randall’s work, dislocates her subject matter context.

Where past seasons have seen many designers referencing the antler as a motif, most choose to beautify the object—removing the Antler from the action of death. Unsurprisingly, Randall moves the opposite way, hanging hers from a series of meaty hooks for an effect that’s still beautiful but more sympathetic to the lineage of item.”  taken from Richard prime-  via coolhunting.com 🙂

Surreal Watercolor Paintings of Anatomical Self-Dissections


In the photo-realistic series Anatomical Self-Dissections, artist Danny Quirk depicts several subjects performing dissections on their own bodies. The fine art illustrator takes a surreal approach to visualizing human anatomy by presenting portraiture’s in which the subjects tear and slice themselves open to unveil the inner workings of various sections of the human body, revealing their muscles, tissue, bones, and organs.

“My anatomical works combine classic poses, in dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, with a very contemporary twist… illustrating what’s underneath the skin, and the portrayed figure dissects a region of their body to show the structures that lay beneath,” says Quirk. “My work is perceivably on the darker side, but the [actuality] is, it’s about exploration.”

The surreal watercolor paintings are part of the aspiring medical illustrator’s growing portfolio of work as he heads into graduate school to pursue his dream job. The life-like renditions start as mere photographs, transform with some expert photo manipulation, and evolve into paintings all at the masterful hand of Quirk. Each painting alone takes anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to complete.

Markus Akesson

‘Markus Akesson‘s paintings deals with this; the interspaces between ideal and reality. A time related, spatial and psychological intermediate position where expectations and experience do not always join up. The paintings can be characterized by a compact stillness.And also something else. As a creation where one clearly understands that something has happened, and that something soon will happen. But we cannot see what it is. We are in the interval, the space in between. His works are also characterized by an almost fetishist attitude towards patterns, texture and surface, whether it’s a shoe, an oriental rug or the feathers of a vulture. A strong force that is catching and brings the spectator into the scenes.’ Words by: Milou Allerholm is a freelance art critic and Senior lecturer in Art History at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm.

Zombie Burlesque Art

Since I am organising the Cork city zombie walk at the moment I said that I would add a bit more zombie to my anatomical posts! “Zombie Burlesque” is what happens when self-taught French artist, Angel Roy, decided to combine vintage pinup girl photography with the inexplicable Zombie craze sweeping the nation right now.In a collaboration with Glamorama Studio Photography’s own Mila the two produced a digital art series that is part anatomy, part glamor and definitely part macabre.In a side-by-side display of the original photo alongside the completed digital works of art, the viewer has a broader appreciation of the ‘before and after’ effect.

Using photography as a starting point, Roy uses graphic design as a way of giving more form to the pieces while reinterpreting what he calls ‘the classic codes of the portrait and landscape.’ Roy says, “In my collages graphics, anatomy disrupts the smooth image of the photographed body. I consider the human being, not as individuals but as a machine in motion, and I like to put forward his vital organs, its mechanisms, its branches, its brands, its traces. On this same method of composition (binder photo to graphics) I work the landscape, including that offered by larger cities. I change the architecture, space as I change the human being. The graphics in this case allows me to place the image in a particular context (historical, social, or cultural) or to give a totally imaginary.”

St. Dennistoun Mortuary Coin-Operated Automaton

St. Dennistoun Mortuary Automaton

I love antique automation, visited a automation museum in spain with mikey a few years ago but saw nothing as cool as this! 🙂

Lot 207
“St. Dennistoun Mortuary” Coin-Operated Automaton, attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900, the mahogany cabinet and glazed viewing area displays a Greek Revival mortuary building with double doors and grieving mourners out front, when a coin is inserted, doors open and the room is lighted revealing four morticians and four poor souls on embalming tables, the morticians move as if busily at work on their grisly task and mourners standing outside bob their heads as if sobbing in grief, ht. 30 1/2, wd. 24, dp. 17 1/4 in.