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Mark Splatter at the Oddities Flea

Mark Splatter Vending at Brooklyn Bazaar Oddities Flea MarketOnce again I will be amongst the dozens of vendors at the Oddities Flea by Ryan Matthew Cohen. Taking place at the Brooklyn Bazaar, this is the Holiday edition. Years ago the Morbid Anatomy started their markets at this time of year, and as they grew in quality and popularity, the markets became an invaluable part of my vending. When Morbid Anatomy closed their doors last year, this market sprang up from the ashes to feature some of the same, and many more of the vendors who all got to know each other so well over the years. This will be the third time under Ryan Cohen’s management, and looking forward to seeing you all at this and many more.

The Market will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, from 11 am – 6pm both days. I however will only be vending Saturday. I will have my usual silkscreen printed patches, tees, totes and hoodies, plus some new designs. I also use this as an opportunity to sell the Wet Specimens I have collected and prepared, as well as some other objects of Natural History and Vintage/Antique nature.

Oddities Holiday Flea Market
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222
December 2 – December 3

Dec 2 at 11 AM to Dec 3 at 6 PM
(take the G to Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Bazaar is almost directly adjacent to the subway exit)

Oddities Holiday Flea Market, December 2 and 3, Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York

Dead Horse Bay: The Glass Graveyard of Brooklyn

Dead Horse Bay: The Glass Graveyard of Brooklyn at Urban Glass, February 1 - April 1, 2017 with work by Mark SplatterSee 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.

Pieces on view by Mark Splatter at Urban Glass, Brooklyn: Pwet specimen and assemblage from Dead Horse BayThe 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.

https://urbanglass.org/events/detail/dead-horse-bay-the-glass-graveyard-of-brooklyn

Graphic Library #00019

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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)
Title: Fatalism
Date: 1893
Medium: Black and yellow chalk, pencil and paint on brownish paper
Size: 60 x 75 cm
Location: Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market

Come visit me and a dozen other vendors of the strange and unusual at the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market this Sunday, May 29th at the Bell House. I will have new patches and prints, newly prepared and preserved animal specimens, and some antique and vintage pieces. My friends The Skull Next Door, Purevile, Daisy Tainton, Obscura Antiques, Divya Anantharaman, Invisible Brooklyn Antiques and more will all be there with taxidermy old and new, natural history creations, vintage jewelry and objects, antiques, books, ephemera and more.
Time: 12pm to 6pm (11am for members) Hope to see you all there!!
Location: The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (A block away from the Morbid Anatomy Museum)
weekendhttps://www.facebook.com/events/594566570707500/Mark Splatter at Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, The Bell House, August 30, 2015, photo credit Village Voice, NYC

Vending Appearances September 2015

Mark Splatter at Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, The Bell House, August 30, 2015, photo credit Village Voice, NYCFirst of all a thanks to everyone who visited the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at The Bell House on August 30 which was a resounding success with a lot MORE vendors, more fun, more people and more great and curious STUFF! Looking forward to the next one on October 18th. Silkscreen Patches, Tshirts, Totebags and Wet Specimen Preparations all did very well, but on the other hand, some of my more natural object assemblages got very little attention. I’ll have to give them more play and display next time.

Next up in September is NYC’s NecroComiCon, September 20 at The Delancey. This is a nighttime event in the gothic scene with Live Bands, Costume Contest, DJs, vendors and hosted by NYC’s own Master of Ceremony, Voltaire. Other Vendors will include Wren Briton of PureVile and Dellamorte & Co.

NecroComiCon 2, September 20, 2015 at The Delancey

Then in October on the 5th and 6th, I’ll be in Philadelphia for Death Salon at their Dark Artisans Bazaar, held at the world renowned Mütter Museum for a two day intensive program of lectures presented by today’s leading minds on death and its anthropological, historical, and artistic contributions to culture.

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market

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.collectors-slide-0RVS-slide

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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1464704693830459/

California Deathrock – The Photo Book

 Mark Splatter circa 2003 at a Release the Bats photo session with Amelia G and Forrest Black 
2000-2005 was a particularly relevant time in deathrock culture. I had just moved to California from New Jersey, as the proprietor of Deathrock.com, a webzine that served as a sort of beacon for the dark-minded music aficionado. Part reference guide, part webzine, it was a place where bands like UK Decay, TSOL, and The Mob first got more than just a mention in a collectors’ trade list. I was a young zine publisher who’d taken up web design in its infancy and was eager to share my love for anything remotely Misfits-esque, or even darker, more somber sounds like Southern Death Cult and Kommumity FK.

The New York presence of adherents for such sounds was lacking, apart from a small corps of gloom rockers like Charlie the Slut and Paul Morden, who took me under their wing as an aspiring DJ, and our close friends. When I visited California to meet some of the Los Angeles correspondents I was blown away by the packed floor of a club dedicated to just such sounds at Release The Bats. NYC always stood apart as too homogenous and sophisticated in its tastes to cater to such a niche and outmoded (although beloved) style. It was a no-brainer that the West Coast was where I wanted to be, where deathrock, as many argue, was born. 

Six months later I packed my bags and arrived, a 21-year-old devil lock-wearing deathpunk, and a postage stamp-sized record distributer with a case of music and a pair of DJ headphones. There it was not that it was still going strong, as it was ground zero for a full-on rebirth. New bands were evolving and converging, local bands coming into their own distinct style, Cinema Strange and The Deep Eynde pumped all sorts of energy and fishnet into our veins, and local legends were showing their faces again. Kommumity FK, Dinah Cancer and Gitane Demone resumed their positions as luminaries. Release the Bats was our Mecca, facing west. Bands from all over the globe were sending their energy into it too. Crews from further north and south were getting in touch. First the San Francisco synth-damaged Phantom Limbs with The Vanishing one on top of the other. Frank The Baptist and Diana Death from San Diego.

In that motley crew of deathrockers, gothpunks, dark new wavers, postpunks and horrorpunks were Amelia and Forrest, of Blueblood fame—one of the only established alt-porn names of the day. With their camera savvy and eye for the exotic black-clad, they managed to capture in brilliant gloss the blackest the Sunshine State had to offer, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now their work has been collected in this deluxe photo book, California Deathrock.

It reads without words like a yearbook of the era. Looking through the photos brings “ooohs” and “aaahhs” of recognition; the friends, acquaintances, strangers, lovers, and adversaries (if only for their makeup flair or record collections!). Fishing names and memories out of a golden era is just one of the perks of this book. The first of all being the gamut of styles, the theatrics, the glamour, the variety and poetry of appearance that this book represents, a jewel in the collection of anyone who finds beauty in the creativity and expression of the gothic style.
http://californiadeathrock.com for more info:

  
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http://ameliag.com/cadramzn.php to order!

  

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Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment

New York Times - "Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment", Brooklyn Historical Society and City Reliquary present Collector's Night 2014In October 2014, Brooklyn Historical Society and City Reliquary presented Collector’s Night 2014. I was included as one of the Collectors, and the article in the New York Times was titled “Where Cockroach Legs and Snow White Have Something In Common” and a slideshow subtitled “Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment”. A photographer was sent to my apartment in Gowanus/Park Slope and snapped a few of my collection pieces. These photographs are directly from the article photographed by Karsten Moran. You’ll see a collection of antique carving and butcher knives, stereo views, skulls, keys, and wet specimens I have both collected and prepared. Also a pretty good portrait of myself by the very talented photographer who was able to get some great exposures out of glass in a very small environment!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/nyregion/where-cockroach-legs-and-snow-white-have-something-in-common.html?_r=0#

Meow Day 2015

  The 3rd bi-annual Meow Day was Sunday May 24th, and thanks to my good friends at TheSkullNextDoorNY for representing for me while I was working with Obscura Antiques. The event was held at The Silent Barn, in Bushwick Brooklyn. 

“Meow Day is an event for cat enthusiasts, crafters, activists, and rescuers to celebrate their love of cats while supporting local TNR & adoption efforts!”
Adoptable cats & kittens from A Tail Of Two Kitties, DJ, Meowmosa Cocktails, and vendors supplying vintage and handmade, especially cat-themed objects, like the Anatomic Cat Skull patches that I print.  

 TheSkullNextDoor and I have been working together since 2009 in Milan Italy, selling jewelry and accessories together at markets and collaborating on projects together like our limited line of Bottle Imps. Their jewelry is made of bone, tooth and claw combined with jewelry and repurposed metals and findings, woodwork and these great jawbone bone handled knives most recently.

Online Shop Now Operative

Damage Patch Deluxe n.001 - Zipper Heart, Bronze
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. 

http://marksplatter.bigcartel.com/