See some of my assemblage/preservation specimen work in this show curated by Allison Meier at Urban Glass, Brooklyn. The show focuses on Dead Horse Bay, a little known New York beach park on Jamaica Bay, where refuse of several decades can be found washing ashore. Among the detritus, horse bones, remnants of the bone rendering plants from the turn of the century give the place its name. The place has been an inspiration to some of my work; I find it’s glass bottles and bones, old toys and everyday objects in various states of tide and weather worn decay fascinating.
The show opened February 1 and remains on view until April 1, 2017. I have three pieces on view, two of them are wet preserved specimens: Seahorse and Irwin, both of which utilize decorative Assemblage in the style of Frederik Ruysch, and another is a Natural History Sculpture using only elements from DHB.
Jan Toorop was a Dutch illustrator and painter in Symbolist and Art-Nouveau style, whose influnce can be seen in Gustav Klimt’s work. To a lesser extent than Alphonse Mucha, he worked in commercial advertisement. I first encountered his work in the album artwork of british punk/postpunk band UK Decay, and avidly searched his work ever since. Artist: Jan Toorop (1858 – 1928)
Medium: Black and yellow chalk, pencil and paint on brownish paper
Size: 60 x 75 cm
Location: Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands
This is a botanical woodcut, with contemporary colorization. It and many others first appeared in the 1562 Discorsi (“comments”, directed at Materia Medica of Dioscorides) by Pietro Andrea Mattioli, later reprinted in 1750s in Traité des Arbres et Arbustes qui se cultivent en France en Pleine Terre. The plant depicted is the Hawthorne Tree in the genus Crataegus. I often use their spikes in my artwork. While working on a new concept I discovered this image in my research, and added the file to my reference library.
Artist: Mattioli Botanical Prints c1750
Title: Crataegus, Hawthorne
I have recently expanded my online vending presence to the music webzine http://www.cvltnation.com’s designer marketplace, Cvltnation Bizarre. You can buy a limited selection of my work there as well. It’s proved to be a good move so far, and during the month of May I have reduced prices on patches to $2 (available through Etsy for the regular price of $3. The audience at CvltNation is certainly more directly in touch with the aesthetic I have been cultivating in the images I print. Natural History, Morbid Anatomy and Deathpunk Streetwear. So visit their site and have a look at some of the other vendors they host, many of which make and sell a lot of enviable wares.
This is a diagram of the human anatomy of the abdomen. After Andreas Vesalius’ comprehensive guide to anatomy in the 16th century revolutionized medicine and surgery, more detail emphasized on anatomical diagrams. From Mike Sappol’s ‘Dream Anatomy’: the anatomist Juan Valverde de Amusco (1525–ca. 1588) published these engravings by Gaspar Becerra (1520?–1568?). The artist drafted the gut viscera onto this illustration of Roman Centurion armor in his anatomical atlas “Anatomia del corpo humano” Rome, 1559. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.
Printed on black ‘Canvas’ brand cotton jersey tshirt for excellent fit and quality. The color is a burnt brown printed with discharge ink, a special ink that permeates the fiber of the tshirt. Unlike most inks that simply rest on top of the fibre and see prone to flaking off or leaving heavy deposits like plastisol or water base, discharge effects and bonds with the very material of the garment.
Available on Etsy: $28USD +shipping (worldwide)
Sunday, August 30th is the next Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, where I will be vending my waters. This will be the Summer Market Redux! Since the prior event called for an encore! My sikscreen products like patches, tshirts, totes and postcards will be just one focus. I will also have as usual some wet-specimen preservations, both large, small and even teeny-tiny ones. Some curios, constructed from Dead Horse Bay and other Natural and vintage/antique repurposings and upcycled goods. I will also have a few other vibtage odds and ends to add to the flea market aspect of the day, rather than solely my own crafted goods.
This time however, the Morbid Anatomy Museum will be holding the event for the first time OFFSITE! At the Bell House, where Secret Science Club also held the annual Rogue Taxidermy Contest where in 2013 I walked away with the Belle Of The Ball trophy!) on the other end of the block on 7th Street towards 2nd Avenue. This means more space, more beverages, and more vendors! My next scheduled vending event is in October at the Death Salon taking place at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia on October 5-6th.
Date: Sunday, August 30th
Time: 12pm to 7pm ( Morbid Anatomy Members will be able to enter at 11am; become a member at http://bit.ly/1HuhNVf )
Admission: $1 ( add $4 to go to see our Museum Exhibition )
Location: The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 ( A block away fro the Morbid Anatomy Museum )
More information can be found here!
Items and objects are now available from MarkSplatter.com more directly via a shopping cart service. The clutter of Etsy is no longer necessary. A select number of my designs and products will be lusted here as well, the Etsy market remaining online.
The first offering on this site provided by Bigcartel is the classic, the design that started it all. Zipperheart. An object if design inspired by the viscisitudes of the hearts emotion. At one moment closed and then again open in the next. This serves as a vessel for the valuables and momentos you chose to tuck inside.
Dried Lilies, representing all the seasons, as I have a custom of collecting lilies at the first chance each season, from florists, discarded flowers or where ever they may be found. The flowers are enclosed with rib bones inside a glass and brass asymmetric oblong enclosure. All contents genuine. Bones are 20th century.
“In the marbled reception hall I received a three band gold ring, from Mark. A token of esteem.”
Bottle Imp Vintage and repro novelty bottles from Brooklyn NY. Creators of Sed-A-Give. These are novelty relabeled glass bottles in amber, clear, green and cobalt. Actual vintage and antique glass, weathered and worn naturally, salvaged from Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay, then upcycled into custom novelty snake-oil and quack medicine designs.
Rowland S. Howard († Dec. 30, 2009) is the fourth print in the No More Heroes series of T-shirts. Howard was the Australian guitarist from The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls and solo artist in his own right. His luminescent guitar and lyrics left a profound effect on my travels across europe and America, burning their slogans into my heart and leading to ever more artists, F. Céline for instance. His mark was felt across the world and this is made for those who felt the music he created as distinctly as I did.
The print is a halftone treated photograph, all-over print with a heavy hand (thick at the seams for opacity). Printed in white plastisol on black Ultraclub ‘Canvas’ 100% cotton in sizes S – 2XL. Printed to order out of Brooklyn, USA.
No More Heroes – Rowland S. Howard on MarkSplatterPrintwerks Etsy