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Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 06:35 am
Extremely crafty





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nina_blomquist
nina_blomquist
Nennen Sie mich Ninen
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)

Not to Forget Cat Chow, and her dress made from 1000 Dollar bills:
CatChow1.jpg


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thomascott
thomascott
Thomas Scott
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Der Leiermann

Good post/article, I really like the pieces by Delvoye, they succeed in being cheekily, seditiously avant without the need for cliched shock tactic.
The cement mixer is wonderful, reminds me of a hurdy-gurdy, I imagine Lord Whimsy would like it.


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drywbach
:-Þ
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
plate

That plate recalls stories adults told me as a child about young Victorian relatives who'd died before they could be photographed, so someone had taken a photo of them afterwards. Or if the bereaved was feeling extra creative, they'd have a doll made with the child's hair.

I don't even know whether those stories were true because I never saw the things. The idea terrified me to the point of nightmares, but was confusing because the horrors were created as a loving act.

I haven't seen much currently that is unnerving but benign in intent, so I'm quite interested that he's making such things. I still wouldn't like one in the house, though!


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: plate

http://ame2.asu.edu/projects/haunted/ISA%20index/book%20of%20the%20dead/book%20of%20the%20dead%20photos%20page2.htm


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drywbach
:-Þ
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: plate

Disturbing. The meaning of those pictures has changed so much!


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bonsai_human
Bonsai Human
Wed, Aug. 13th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Re: plate

I agree that it's disturbing, but isn't it sad that it is? We are so removed from death, it becomes terrifying and hush-hush, and it shouldn't be. In reality it's just another experience.


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drywbach
:-Þ
Wed, Aug. 13th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Re: plate

Yes. Feeling disturbed by the images is an indulgence that the people who treasured those photographs couldn't afford.

I'm not entirely saddened that our response has changed, if it simply indicates we feel we can afford to ignore death for longer periods of time--and also that we have easier access to memento-making technology such as cameras. But I agree with you, that turning-away can easily tip over into being an unrealistic and uncompassionate attitude and that is a sad thing.


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ohmavie
ohmavie
meinherz
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)

A friend of mine is into doing "rogue taxidermy." Interesting article...it made me think of him. I like the idea of "dark crafters."

http://www.roguetaxidermy.com/index.php


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kineticfactory
kineticfactory
this is not your sawtooth wave
Sun, Aug. 10th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)

In a similar vein, there's a Belgian artist named Pascal Bernier who does work with taxidermy. He has a series of works titled "accidents de chasse", consisting of stuffed animals in bandages and slings, looking unhappy with their lot, as well as dioramas of nightmarish industrial farms featuring stuffed pigs and chickens.


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tinyfolk
tinyfolk
Never Angeline
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)

Was it really necessary that your leitmotif for the article be based around making fun of some guy for being dorky?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)

I said he was amiable, you said "dorky". But that might have been a nice title for a nastier piece: "Crafts, From Dork To Dark".


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Sun, Aug. 10th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)

That is a pretty smashing documentary on Krafft.

I've been trying to think into what shape I would want my bone-dust formed. It's hard to decide, innit! Do I want to be a plate on someone's mantlepiece for all of eternity, or a tooth-brush holder beside the sink in the bathroom? Not really.

Ooh, wait... I got it. When I die, I want my bones ground down and cast as a perfect replica of this.

Edited at 2008-08-10 04:11 am (UTC)


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armoredbaby
armoredbaby
Wed, Aug. 13th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)

I am thinking -- is that a Wedgewood-esque cement mixer -- I want one!


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