Opening January 24th is the fifth installment of the infamous "Conjoined" series, curated by the devilishly talented artist Chet Zar. The show takes place in Santa Monica, Ca. at Copro Gallery and is a premiere attraction for lovers of dark, surreal, hyperreal, and traditional contemporary sculpture. The show also focuses on assemblages, mixed media pieces, and paintings as part of it's diverse collection of truly impressive works. An Artist listing can be found here.
Included in this collection is my very own, Cerberus, one contribution I am both humbled and elated to have representing. This monstrous trio of heads was put together in true Frankenstein style and in our time together I grew to love, hate, and fear this entity all at the same time. Greek Gods be willing.
Since many of my fans may not be present to see this piece in person, I'd like to point out a few subtle details and inspirational notes that tell the story of this large undertaking (pun intended). For Historical background on Cerberus click here, or check out the Cerberus Wiki.
To build Cerberus I chose to fuse together the heads of three coyotes, and hugely modify the skins and interior forms to create one complete creature. The structure is so big that a special reinforcing layer was needed support the weight of the three heads and their epoxy, fiberglass, and steel modifications. In the slideshow below you will find all the production photos and finished images of this otherworldy inhabitant.
I enjoyed making this piece so much, I've already begun building yet another mythological creature...
Artist: Emi Slade
Size: approximately 30" × 24" × 20"
Materials: Rogue Taxidermy/Mixed Media. ...Or Recycled and Compassionately* sourced Coyote, Bear, Opossum, and Rabbit furs, Foam, Steel, Epoxy, Glass, Wood, Acrylic paint, and Varnish.
Price: 5000$ with 10+% proceeds (Artists cut) going to a local "no-kill" animal rehabilitation shelter.
Operation of LED system: LED lighting system is powered by 3 AAA batteries (included). The battery pack is concealed behind the base and has several settings. The "Fading" option is preferred and gives the illusion of a red pulsating heartbeat. Turning on the system sets the automatic programming and the piece will then auto activate a 6 hrs on/18 hrs off cycle until the batteries die...or about a month. This is a great selling point as the sculpture can essentially illuminate any space it is hung and could even function as a lamp or "nightlight" for some awesome collector looking for a hell hound guardsmen!
*meaning no animals were harmed, killed, or otherwise exploited to create this work (or any of my Rogue Taxidermy work)