28 December 2009

Taxidermy art

I am very much drawn to taxidermy in art. It gives me mixed feelings that keep me fascinated. I partly believe that it is a sacrilege to (ab)use animals for these artworks (comparable with wearing fur), but I am also attracted by the cuteness and/or sense of humor of these pieces.

Idiots (Afke Golsteijn, Ruben Taneja and Floris Bakker)

Maurizio Cattelan

Annette Messager

Now at Coda in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands: 'De aard van het beest, dieren als spiegel van de ziel', which translates as something like 'The nature of the beast, animals as a mirror to the soul'. The photo on the poster is from a work by Sylvia B.

And in case you feel inspired and come across some dead animals on the road today: 'Taxidermy is similar to removing the skin from a chicken prior to cooking. This can be accomplished without opening the body cavity so the taxidermist usually does not see internal organs or blood. The skin is tanned and then placed on a polyurethane form. Clay is used to install glass eyes. Forms and eyes are commercially available from a number of suppliers. If not, taxidermist carve or cast their own forms.' (Wikipedia)

05 December 2009

Hildur Guðnadóttir and Fever Ray in Paradiso

Mysterious creatures hidden behind thick smoke.

Photos by hydraulix16aa and Jesper Frisk

16 November 2009

Magpie Studio

Magpie Studio created a sympathetic giant rabbit - painstakingly created in carrots - to promote printers Gavin Martin Associates conversion to eco-friendly vegetable inks. The postal tube, bright orange and covered in mud, worked as an appropriate precursor to the event.

Magpie Studio

04 November 2009

Art Olive jong talent

A while ago I went to the Art Olive Jong Talent show in Amsterdam, which is an exhibition of work by selected graduates from Dutch art academies. I was most impressed by the 3D art. Below crochetted and handspun wool and wood objects by Jennifer Harkness.

Edwin Deen has designed the installation below. When a steam machine blurs a glass pane at intervals, a snow landscape becomes visible. Magical.

Art Olive

Josh Brill

These bird prints are for sale at Lumadessa. The text under the illustration is a phonetic transcription of the call of the bird - a nice touch!

24 October 2009

Camilla Engman

Illustrator Camilla Engman is inspiring on many levels. Firstly of course with her art. Then, her blog shows how she finds beauty everywhere. And finally, I want my home to look like her studio!

Camilla Engman + blog

Os Gemeos

Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for 'the twins') are twin brothers from São Paulo, whose real names are Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. They started painting graffiti in 1987 and gradually became a main influence in the local scene, helping to define Brazil's own style. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters – taken from the yellow tinge both of the twins have in their dreams – but is otherwise diverse and ranges from tags to complicated murals.

13 October 2009

26 September 2009

Nacho Gil

These animals are made in Illustrator. At first I thought they were origami objects.

Nacho Gil

11 September 2009

Marjolijn Mandersloot

Marjolein Mandersloot confuses the viewer by making soft animals from hard metals.

Marjolijn Mandersloot

26 August 2009


The Mier Reports are a series of six reports printed on sugar paper using simple graphics to spice up the information contained within.

16 August 2009

The weird and wonderful world of Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

In the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht I have found a book that introduced me to the work of Patrick van Caeckenbergh, a Belgian artist who creates his own mysterious world.

Packaging for Mini Garage by Korefe


22 June 2009

Ben Jennings

A fantastic idea: Ben Jennings has based his personal logo on the moles on his arm.

03 May 2009


Here some outstanding packaging designed by ...,staat Amsterdam; a genever bottle for Bols and coffee and tea packaging for Bazar.

The typography of the bottle is inspired by the hand painted lettering on pub windows.