A sampling of skulls, most of which are for sale, but not at bargain-rate prices. Skulls are precious and don't come cheap, ya know. Here's a few skulls that caught my eye. The exhibit itself is really extensive (90 artists) and afterwards you'll feel like you just toured a freaky psychedelic mausoleum. You'll contemplate some deep issues, is my guess, and then you'll laugh it off and get yourself a chocolate milkshake or something to celebrate life. But the show will linger in your consciousness, won't it. Yes, it will.
Eye-catching, isn't it?
|Laurel Skye - Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride (2014)|
|Derik Van Beers - Angel Headed Hipsters / Thanks Allen (2012)|
|Maureen Shields - a collection of ceramic plates with skulls (2014)|
|Molly Hatch - Spk Outa Turn and Don't Gotta Listen (2012)|
|Andy Stattmiller - He-Man Master of the Universe nesting dolls (2014)|
|Pete Hickok - I Wish This Night Would Never End (2012)|
|Jim Skull - Mr. Smith (2008)|
|Fred Einaudi - Patriot (2008)|
|Noah Scalin - selections from the Skull-A-Day project|
|Ester Hernandez - Sun Mad (1981)|
Here's a detail from Enrique Chagoya's My Tattoos (2012). What I found interesting about this was that I have this particular tattoo myself, or at least a similar one. Chagoya added the skull in the dragon's mouth and played with the original image, which I found many years ago in A Coloring Book of Incas, Aztecs & Mayas and Other Precolumbian Peoples, published by Bellerophon Books in 1988.
Here's my tattoo, from the early 90s, when all us girls were starting to get them. I got mine at Lyle Tuttle's shop in San Francisco. The artist, whose name escapes me, had plenty of Precolumbian artwork going up his arm, including a very fine Olmec head. This convinced me to hire him. The image is a mystery to me because out of all the illustrations in my coloring book, it's the only one that's unlabeled. It's also tiny-sized, printed in the corner of a page of Mayan ball players, as if an after-thought. Where did it come from? Does anyone out there know? Enrique Chagoya and I want answers.
Chagoya's My Tattoos monotype in full:
A final skull in this post. Joshua Harker's Crania Geodesica skull installation with light-projection mapping. It really belongs in the dark at a dance party with techno music. But I put some She Mob music over it, because the song is live, it's called Party, and I think it's appropriate. Maybe this will get its proper environment during the Bedford's Arts & Craft Beer event on July 31st, 6 - 8 pm. 'Til then...