Robin Van Valkenburgh makes what she calls “pop surreal ceramics.”
Many of these inspire a sense of nostalgia in me, while catering to my love of the absurd (beloved childhood characters mix with traditional ceramic creatures and shapes).
In the 1950’s, a number of curious record albums were released that allowed the listener to “act alongside” his or her favorite stars. The actors performed scenes from plays, novels and films in which the listener presumably filled in the blanks with the other role.
Here’s a small sample of the Vincent Price album:
You can listen to the audio samples here.
This is technically an autumn item, but I’m posting it as the Northeast US starts to swelter with summer heat because it’s too good to wait.
I present: “Vegetable Harvest Creature.”
Made of early celluloid plastic from the Viscoloid company, this super rare fellow is…wait for it…
…TWO FACED! Yes, he can be happy or sad, tragic or comic (well, he’s always both of those no matter which face is forward).
The price tag is steep, but for serious celluloid collectors, this…exists.
Stéphane Rosse creates truly bizarre art; part retro comic, part mind-bending trip into an alternate universe where skeletons and strange creatures conduct mysterious business and have wild adventures.
One of my favorite things about Rosse’s pieces is that (at least in some of the more involved scenes) it’s delightfully difficult to construct a narrative. You just have to suspend your disbelief and jump in.