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.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a nonprofit exhibition space founded by Joanna Ebenstein, Tracy Hurley Martin and her sister, writer Tonya Hurley, in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
Flea Market with multiple vendors selling taxidermy galore, artful bones, unusual antiques, obscure books, and assorted curiosities.
Date: Sunday, May 29th
Time: 12pm to 6pm (Morbid Anatomy Members will be able to enter at 11am and cut the line! Become a member at http://bit.ly/1HuhNVf)
Admission: $1 (add $7 to go to see our museum exhibition)
Location: The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (A block away from the Morbid Anatomy Museum)
THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT.
Don’t miss the first Flea Market of the season on Sunday March 6th. A one stop shop event for all your shopping needs at the Bell House, with more vendors and more space! Antique hunters and curiosity collectors know than nothing is better than a lazy Sunday spent at a great flea market; at this one, you’ll find all of your favorite artists, makers and antique peddlers.
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!
One 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.