Of Tygers and Lord Merrilyn

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

"Negaigoto" by Audrey Kawasaki

A group show inspired by William Blake’s immortal poem The Tyger.  This is what the blog says:

A group show based around the theme of tigers, inspired by the dynamic poem ” The Tiger” by visionary artist and painter William Blake.

Additionally, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar, and the animal is a very visible example of the environmental problem of habitat loss and rampant poaching, with the reported last wild Indochinese tiger being killed and eaten in December 2009.

We’ve asked a group of artists to create works inspired by this majestic, tragic, and beautiful creature, whether on a symbolic, metaphysical, or archetypal level or as a touchstone for deep contemporary issues.

Audrey Kawasaki (She is the reason why I looked up this show.  I love her work.)

Roq La Rue Gallery

Many Dead Things : The Specimens of Alex CF

"L’enfant Diabolique"

Another artist I like and whose work I’ve been following for a number of years.  Alex CF is currently exhibiting at the Superette Gallery in London.  This is the press release:

In his first solo exhibition, following the release of his monograph, artist Alex CF offers the public a unique opportunity to see his bizarre specimens in person – objects that have so far only been witnessed by private collectors, such as Maxime Chattam (author) or Reece Shearsmith (actor, League of Gentlemen) who wrote the foreword for his book, and will be lending pieces from his own collection for the show.

Alex has spent the last five years crafting wondrous relics of an alternate past – a rich tapestry of 19th century cryptozoological artifacts and creatures that challenge our understanding of the natural world: The mummified remains of a vampire child, the taxidermied corpse of a 7-foot-tall adult werewolf, the trappings of scientists and archaeologists pertaining to the study of these species in the form of antique research cases, amongst many other fascinating objects.

The show will encompass a number of works including 6 new pieces and Alex will be signing his book.

Alex’s work has been featured in a number of well-known publications both online and in print, such as Weird Tales, Bizarre, BoingBoing, and io9. His work has also been featured on book covers, and in a number of independent films.

Alex’s site

Superette Gallery

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