Carved Eggshell Art
March 4, 2007 10:36 PM   Subscribe

Christel Assante carves eggshells into extraordinary pieces of art. SculptorRon Cheruka , who goes by the nickname "the egg man," also works in the medium of eggshell, but he is not quite as talented in my opinion, a Salieri to Assante's Mozart.
posted by jonson (17 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I imagine the eggman slowly going mad with jealousy, as yet another work of his fails to match the grace & elegance of Assante's pieces, and eventually he crushes the entirety of his collection under foot, and starts a new life carving melons or possibly ivory.
posted by jonson at 10:38 PM on March 4, 2007

goo goo g'joob
posted by GavinR at 10:40 PM on March 4, 2007

Wow, just holy mother fucker that is unbelievable, wow! I wonder if either of them cries when someone cracks an egg to make an omelot?
posted by fenriq at 10:48 PM on March 4, 2007

Are there more from Assante than the six on the first page and the two linked? It's late, and I can't seem to find an index page. Thanks! Btw, if you like these, you might want to also check here and here.
posted by mediareport at 10:55 PM on March 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

I dunno, Cheruka's filagree eggs are pretty impressive. I think the problem with his figural work is that he's trying to replicate a fairly ugly type of genre painting in eggshells, and even if he succeeds, the results are disappointing.
posted by Scram at 11:02 PM on March 4, 2007

er, four linked, and I'm going to bed
posted by mediareport at 11:02 PM on March 4, 2007

I think I've seen Ron Cheruki and his stuff at the St. James Art Fair - all these carefully carved eggs in little glass covers, sitting under a flimsy art fair tent in huge crowds. The filigree eggs look familiar. There are usually a couple of guys with carved eggs, mostly ostrich eggs.
posted by dilettante at 11:10 PM on March 4, 2007

I thought Paul Wirhun was the eggman! (started from traditional Ukranian dyeing techniques.)
posted by DenOfSizer at 3:18 AM on March 5, 2007

Her work is definitely better, plus she's not carving unicorns. (What's next Eggman--an eggshell Dog's Playing Poker?) How does one carve an eggshell this precisely?
posted by DU at 4:17 AM on March 5, 2007

For the less erudite Mefites: Ron Cheruka is Frank Stallone to Christel Assante's Sylvester.
posted by autodidact at 5:26 AM on March 5, 2007 [1 favorite]

Crap, I decided that was an inaccurate analogy in preview, then hit Post Comment. ^^ Please disregard
posted by autodidact at 5:27 AM on March 5, 2007

You will perhaps get a better understanding of the writer of what is posted by turning to
a cultural historian who is bascially talking out of his field of expertise except that he left Israel to come to that other democracy, the U.S., which fortunately has no corruption,m bribery, sexual escapade at the higher levels, addiction problems, and so on....

Israel has weathered many bad times and,I suspect, will continue to flourish as a democracy, despite its detractors and/or enemies.
posted by Postroad at 5:53 AM on March 5, 2007 [1 favorite]

They may flourish as a democracy, Postroad, but can they carve eggs?
posted by leftcoastbob at 6:34 AM on March 5, 2007

Nobody can carve fifty eggs.
posted by staggernation at 7:06 AM on March 5, 2007

First, I'd like to call everyone's attention to the phrase "sexual escapade at the higher levels." I don't know about any of you, but that's going right on my resume.

And I'd like to thank Postroad for making my segue to Israel smoother. You see, I used to work on Israel's second-largest ostrich farm, and we would hold aside perfect eggs to be emptied and sold to exporters, collectors and egg-carvers. They paid more for them emptied than full (I guess the full eggs would rot in air transit).

Ostrich eggs are pretty tough, and I imagine carving them would be a challenge.

Too bad most of the art carved into them seems to be inspired by dime novel covers.
posted by breezeway at 8:25 AM on March 5, 2007

I wonder if either of them cries when someone cracks an egg to make an omelot?
It takes umpteen eggs to make an omelot.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:20 AM on March 5, 2007

it's interesting -- but not exactly surprising -- that nowadays most people owe their opinion of a great composer such as Salieri to a Hollywood movie. Salieri was a beloved teacher -- at least if one trusts Beethoven and Schubert more than one trusts Milos Forman -- and, especially an extraordinary artist/manager: he in fact had to stage concerts and operas for the Court and the Church, hire the artists, sign the contracts, check the budget, besides of course his composing duties.

Les Danaides, Axur, his breathtaking religious works -- it's all work of a great mind, certainly not the product of the mediocre uninspired hack his name has become synonymous of. if his melodies (and his obsession with coloratura, and the use of castrati) are certainly very conservative in style, harmonically Salieri can be considered even more daring than Mozart. all in all greater than him? no, of course -- but then, with the possible exception of Verdi and Haendel, not that many composers can be considered clearly greater than Mozart.

keep in mind that the stereotype of the well-dressed oppressor of sloppy independent genius Mozart is just that, a sterotype -- Salieri was indeed better dressed because of his duties at court, he was in fact a bureaucrat with a meager pay who had to dress conservatively for the office. he certainly didn't make as much cash as Mozart, who nevertheless burned it all and ended up in poverty.

actually, after Mozart's death, his widow chose Salieri to give music lessons to her son Franz -- not exactly a behavior consistent with the relationship between a widow and her husband's known murderer.

and Salieri himself, in a tender letter of recommendation, compliments young Mozart junior as being destined to musical accomplishments -- I'm quoting for memory here -- "as luminous as his great late father's".

the "Salieri killed Mozart" gossip started many decades after Mozart's death, based on zero evidence, as a weapon in a larger ideological fight between supporters of different musical styles.

sorry for the slight derail.
posted by matteo at 9:29 AM on March 5, 2007 [4 favorites]

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