Category Archives: Specimen

Preserved Specimens in jars as artistic medium. Animal Biology, Botany and Natural History combined in, and on glass.

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

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/

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#

Ruyschian Jar: Seahorse

Seahorse Wet Specimen Preserved, in assemblage specimen jar in Frederik Ruysch styleOne of my first specimen jars prepared in the Frederik Ruysch style, this seahorse although already dessicated and not in need of further preservation, is at the center of the jar, while the jar itself is the focal object. The sea detritus serves a a natural history environment, all items collected from New York City beaches – from animal and nature remains to man-made waste that is now a common sight in uninhabited areas of nature. But the later element is not just an inevitable result of human industry, this debris can often serve its purpose in the natural world providing shelter and breeding grounds for some species.