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.
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)
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!
In 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!
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.
Damage Patches are decorative elements for streetwear apparel, but also attractive framable wallpieces. They developed out of the band logo and graphic patches that are the basis in the punk, deathrock and heavy metal scene jackets and clothing accesories. Damage Patches are purely decorative curios with no affiliation to bands or brands. Using anatomical, dadaistic and sometimes iconographic elements (Alfred Hitchcock, Dennis Hopper, Jeffrey Lee Pierce etc.) they offer a buffer between such strong statement pieces, or alone, as purely graphic elements.
The Damage Patch is rough-cut and offers a degree of imperfection or blemish to an other undesirably perfect garment like a jacket or totebag. They are textile collages using multiple layers of screenprinted imagery, sewn together. The stitching also incorporates design elements in color and line. Sometimes additional Material is added for texture, such as Constructiuon Netting salvaged from building sites across the world on my travels, from Berlin to Athens, Bucharest, Los Angeles and New York City, to recall a few. Lace, faux fur, and fishnet have also been stitched in to some specimens.
The materials used are nearly all upcycled garments and objects, from thrift store jeans and cast away clothing to destroyed jackets, curtains, and sweaters. My trusty industrial scissors are always at the ready when it comes to preparing fabrics. These were obtained in the Berlin Turkish Market from one of their many vendors in the early 2000s and run nearly the length of my forearm.
Damage Patch Deluxe is a further take on the idea and upgrade the Damage Patch with an element of functionality or design complexity unobtainable with simple layers of fabric. Functional Zippers adorn the Zipper Heart line of patches, effectively forming a pocket the size and appearance of an anatomical heart split down the middle by an opening and closing zip.