taxidermied-animals

Last weekend, Santa Monica’s Copro Gallery debuted their exhibition “Conjoined V,” guest curated by artist Chet Zar. True to Zar’s own dark, surreal aesthetic, the annual sculpture show features a variety of emerging and established artists with a penchant for all things creepy, curious, and bizarre. Kazu Tsuji’s gigantic, silicone bust of Salvador Dali, Jessica Joslin’s metal-adorned taxidermy animals, and surreal imaginings by Craig LaRotonda and Jim McKenzie are among the myriad of bold and pop culture-inspired works in the show. Take a look at some highlights from “Conjoined V” below and see it in person through February 14.

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German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer uses his love of computer animation and 3D modeling to to create beautiful 3D paper sculptures of polygonal animals.

“If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands.“

Kampffmeyer was so pleased by the results of his initial efforts to create a 3D paper pig that he has since been hard at work on an awesome onoing series of full-body sculptures and pieces that resemble taxidermy mounts, all ready-made to be assembled by you at home. They’re stylishly geometric while also being delightfully lifelike.

Head over to Kampffmeyer’s Paperwolf shop to view more of his DIY animals sculptures. There you’ll also find postcards, light fixtures, punch-out 2D animals, and even a few wooden polygonal animals sculptures too.

[via BoredPanda]

The Original “Raven” from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”

Perched on a log in the Rare Books department of the Philadelphia Free Library stands a strange piece of history. Dead since 1841, but preserved with arsenic, and frozen inside a shadow box, this bird’s legacy is longer than most people’s. His name is Grip. Grip the Clever, Grip the Wicked, Grip the Knowing.

Once Charles Dickens’ pet raven died, he had it professionally taxidermied and mounted. Grip even makes an appearance in Dickens’ lesser-known story Barnaby Rudge.

That book was reviewed by then literary critic Edgar Allan Poe. Poe wrote that “[the raven’s] croaking might have been prophetically heard in the course of the drama.” It wasn’t long after that Poe published his breakout poem, The Raven. The coincidence didn’t escape notice, and Poe was taunted with the refrain “Here comes Poe with his Raven, like Barnaby Rudge, / Three fifths of him genius, two fifths sheer fudge.”

Despite this, The Raven was a smash success and Poe enjoyed performing readings at fancy salon parties. He would turn down all the lights and recite the poem with great drama. Everyone referred to him as “The Raven”, but it would only be four years after publishing The Raven and gaining worldwide fame that Poe would be found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, dying shortly thereafter.

Today, Grip the Raven, who inspired both Dickens and Poe, can still be seen, proud as ever, in the Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, along with a great collection of both Poe and Dickens originals and other rare books.

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All That Remains: A Haunting Gallery of Extinct Animals in Paris

La Salle des Espèces Menacées et des Espèces Disparues, or the Room of Endangered and Extinct Species, has 257 specimens from the animal and plant kingdoms. Many are the only remaining examples of their species, such as the skeleton of a black emu (the taxidermy is so precious that it is kept in storage). Others represent a species that is on the brink of obliteration, including the Sumatran tiger. 

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Today the Department of Outstanding Origami explores the work of 鈬鍢鋃銘鎶, a skillful Chinese paper folding artist who shares their wonderful creations on the Chinese social network Baidu Tieba. We love the variety of the pieces they make, which range from fantastic creatures to cute, but realistic animals to taxidermy mounts to an impressively creepy grim reaper and even and Easter Island Moai head. Awesome!

鈬鍢鋃銘鎶has shared over 70 different pieces of origami to date.
Click here to view more.

[via Kotaku]