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April 4, 2007 3:30 PM   Subscribe

Still lifes of dead animals.
posted by dios (39 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is the homepage of her gallery in Dallas.
posted by dios at 3:32 PM on April 4, 2007


I need to get one of those for my office.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 3:33 PM on April 4, 2007


Don't worry, they're just sleeping.
posted by puke & cry at 3:38 PM on April 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


with a shovel and a blanket, i can pick up road kill off the state highway and be the next jackson pollock!
posted by pyramid termite at 3:38 PM on April 4, 2007


If you want to be the next Jackson Pollock with a dead animal, It can't be roadkill. It's got to be fresh. You're gonna need all the blood you can get.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:40 PM on April 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


She was on Richard and Judy a while back.
posted by fire&wings at 3:41 PM on April 4, 2007


Reminds me of this AskMe from a while back.
posted by dilettante at 3:44 PM on April 4, 2007


I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:46 PM on April 4, 2007 [2 favorites]


That martini glass full of squirrel looks like just the party favor for my daughter's 2nd birthday party later this year. Thank goodness I have a fair amount of lead time, I'll have to start trapping the squirrels asap!
posted by jonson at 3:47 PM on April 4, 2007


What's up with the tiny chandeliers of death?
*Insert obligatory 'pining for the fjords' comment here*
posted by miss lynnster at 3:53 PM on April 4, 2007


NOT ANIMIST
posted by loquacious at 3:56 PM on April 4, 2007


This is an elaborate metaphor for something about iraq, and when I figure out what precisely that metaphor is I am going to flag this post so hard.
posted by cortex at 4:00 PM on April 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


Macabré, yet prosaic...hmmm.
posted by taosbat at 4:08 PM on April 4, 2007


This is an elaborate metaphor for something about iraq, and when I figure out what precisely that metaphor is I am going to flag this post so hard.

The animals are mankind's hopes and dreams for peace in the East (the promise of a long-overdue rest, the threat of a permanent decay). The glassware is motion captured in fire (oil, heat, the inertia of despair). The photographer is a Heisenbergian trickster God (do we watch? should we look away? are we complicit in our fascination/avoidance?). The audience is history (how shall we judge the significance of lives revealed only through artfully contrived poses?).
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:19 PM on April 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


the smell is from global warming, of course
posted by pyramid termite at 4:21 PM on April 4, 2007


I ca only hope those animals are taxidermied beforehand.
posted by Brittanie at 4:21 PM on April 4, 2007


well, they've been mounted anyway ... who knows, a couple of them may have even liked it
posted by pyramid termite at 4:27 PM on April 4, 2007


I took a picture of a dead bird in a gutter with my cell phone yesterday. Should I be looking for investors?
posted by tehloki at 4:29 PM on April 4, 2007


I really love these. I think they're gorgeous.
posted by I Foody at 4:32 PM on April 4, 2007


These pictures are making me hungry.
posted by jefbla at 4:43 PM on April 4, 2007


There was a (local, perhaps) artist here who made latex reproductions of roadkill he found, painted them and mounted them on street signs. It's been at least 15 years since I saw them at the Two Bells in Seattle. Couldn't in a brief search find an example online.

They were a lot coarser than this but still somewhat compelling.
posted by maxwelton at 4:46 PM on April 4, 2007


In soviet russia, animal stuffs YOU!
posted by Happy Dave at 4:50 PM on April 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


alright, as an english nerd with an art background (or vice versa) i'm curious...

the actual pieces are sculpture not photography - granted, there's some line where the documentation of the artwork becomes an artwork itself. it's a kind of high-brow taxidermy.

that said, i'm really interested in the usage of the word "still life" in the FPP. i don't think "still life" is normally applied to sculptural pieces, but it seems to be a poetic and appropriate term in this case.

any other language/art dorks have input on the usage? (fully aware it could be a misidentification, but it's a misidentification i think is worth contemplating)
posted by pokermonk at 4:51 PM on April 4, 2007


Life, stilled.
posted by deCadmus at 5:03 PM on April 4, 2007


About three years ago I discovered that on my path to my Metro there was an electric pole that had the corpse of what was long ago a trapped bird sticking out of one it's side wire casings. the mummified little body lay flat against the pole with a giant letter "B," written to the left of it's head and the name "kelly," written to the right. The way its head and wings were frozen completly spread outit looked to me as though the animal had died trying to escape. I took several pictures and kept imagining what the birds last moments must have been like. Was it's little chest tight with struggle to the very end? Or had it reached a point of resignation? Could it feel it's life slipping away? Was it afraid? I think the fasination with seeing an animal's corps, is that it presents us with an opprotunity to sort of connect with and try to understand these creatures we share a planet with be can't communicate with.
posted by Wonderwoman at 5:10 PM on April 4, 2007


Reminds me a little of Nathalia Edenmont
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:22 PM on April 4, 2007


Taxidermy art is such a fad. (Except that poor sod of a squirrel from Maurizio Cattelan's Bidibidobidiboo.)
posted by jack_mo at 6:26 PM on April 4, 2007


any other language/art dorks have input on the usage?

You're dead right, pokermonk - these aren't still lifes by the usual definition, but it's an apt borrowing of the term.
posted by jack_mo at 6:33 PM on April 4, 2007


AoP had this sort of thing covered years ago. Reminds me of Joel-Peter Witkin.
posted by squalor at 6:52 PM on April 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


This would be a lot more interesting if they weren't still lifes. They can do a lot with animatronics these days.
posted by Citizen Premier at 7:08 PM on April 4, 2007


"Since then she has gravitated towards making still lives with the animal as subject."

Just a note to the Kirsty Stubbs Gallery (representatives of the artist):

The plural of still life is still lifes. And, you're not fooling me. It's obvious that the chandeliers are the subject.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:21 PM on April 4, 2007


"Still dead."
posted by Spire at 8:05 PM on April 4, 2007


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posted by YamwotIam at 8:12 PM on April 4, 2007


Spire, deCadmus... Perfectly and succinctly stated.
posted by Penny Wise at 9:02 PM on April 4, 2007


I took several pictures and kept imagining what the birds last moments must have been like. Was it's little chest tight with struggle to the very end? Or had it reached a point of resignation? Could it feel it's life slipping away? Was it afraid?

"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."

Well, sh*t. As far as I know, D.H. Lawrence didn't really say anything about resignation or fear.

:)
posted by iguanapolitico at 9:13 PM on April 4, 2007


IRFH's comment is infinitely better when read as though Herzog was saying it.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:19 AM on April 5, 2007


Eh, I'm all for sacrificing mice and other animals for research and even for individual learning, as with biology students doing vivisections/dissections. And for eating, of course.

But I'm much less comfortable with killing to create art.
posted by orthogonality at 5:02 AM on April 5, 2007


Yeah... jack_mo pretty much nailed it. Bidibidobidiboo works due to the inherently ridiculous nature of the juxtaposition.

Jamming dead rodents into wine glasses and giving them titles like "Rest a Little on the Lap of Life" - or the absolute mind-fuck that is a dead bird perched on a phone titled "Someone on the Phone" - somehow just doesn't cut it in the whole "conceptual" department.

What are these, the nightmare visages of an eight year old girl? I suppose I could see how those who would enjoy taking a wood chipper out on the weekend to destroy innocent plant life for entertainment purposes might consider this highbrow...
posted by prostyle at 7:21 AM on April 5, 2007


Sorry to beat a dead horse... but let me know when you get one under a bell jar. I will call him Art.
posted by Penny Wise at 8:25 PM on April 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


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