20 Aug 2019

La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas. ― Charles Baudelaire

My little side project The Museum of Cryptozoology and Occult Science is excited to be included in the up-coming "Bump in the Night" Exhibition at The Old Auction House in Kyneton over the Halloween period. We have some exciting new projects for the show, the first of which the Dybbuk box was finished up this week. More details about this will be popping up on the MOCAOS blog soon but for now and until the show, please enjoy a small preview 


Dybbuk box courtesy of MOCAOS



Dybbuk box courtesy of MOCAOS



Dybbuk box courtesy of MOCAOS



Dybbuk box courtesy of MOCAOS



Dybbuk box courtesy of MOCAOS



Dybbuk box courtesy of MOCAOS


More from MOCAOS here.



7 Aug 2019

I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.





I watched the 2013 documentary Salinger this morning. 2am is never a good time to start with such a venture but it is the nature of being lost and nothing is more comfortable for the lost than the lost. My lady brought me Catcher in the Rye during a trip to London not long after we got together, and I’ve treasured it ever since for that reason. You wouldn’t believe how many miles that copy has travelled, I’ve taken it with me everywhere. I’ve enjoyed the story many times, but I was distracted most of my first reading wondering why everyone was originally so upset about this book? Caulfield seemed a little weak and angry but also just lonely. Like a 2am doco I suppose. I never really figured that out but if you haven’t seen it and liked any of Salinger’s work, I would recommend it. It’s a tough watch at times and to be honest, I finished it not liking him very much, but it was nice to see him sitting in the car smiling at the end. I don’t know if that smile was peace or amusement, but I must hope even the loneliest of us find some sort of peace eventually.

I think that if you maintain more questions than opinions in life, you’ll probably do OK so in that regard, why do so many creatives wander so far from humanity. I understand chasing the work and I completely understand chasing the craft. The work so often feeds the work to the point where you really don’t need much else to produce but once you're there, what is the point? Is the work a distraction during life? Is it a habit? Fuck me, that sounds like smoking, not creativity. Anyway, if you are tasked in any way to finding perfection in your work then I wholly recommend this film. So...Fuck you Mr Salinger, I hope you’re doing OK man, wherever you are…



15 May 2019

Eirik Arnesen

From Eirik Arnesen.com - Eirik Arnesen (b. 1990), from Oslo, received his education in the figurative arts at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence Italy, where he studied sculpture under Robert Bodem.


King of the Rusted Crown


 His focus is on the human body and the goal is to produce carefully thought out works with solid construction and organic naturalism in order to create a convincing image of the human body in accordance with the realist tradition. 


Under the Weeping Moon


"At the moment, I strive to include several priorities in my work, first and foremost accurate observation of the subject in pursuit of work that contain some of the gravity and physicality found in the natural world."


The Dereliction of Self


 I am enamored with Arnesen's work. Through his youtube videos I have discovered a new ambition for the traditional sculptural style and absolutely lost count of the things I've learnt. Arnesen also has a patreon page for those of you over there where patrons are able to receive tutorage and advice.






 

3 May 2019

Emil Melmoth

Emil Melmoth (pic stolen from the net)


If you haven't caught a glimpse of Emil Melmoth drifting through the the data waves you probably don't deserve the internet. I'm not going to rant on about how much I dig his stuff, I'm not sure I could express that enough even if I tried, so here's a few pic's I knicked from "Curiator". You have a gander at those and please excuse me, I'm off to look at more...


Emil Melmoth "study of death"



Emil Melmoth "expiatorius"



Emil Melmoth "holy child of the plague"



Emil Melmoth "arcane-XIII"


I had the great pleasure of viewing arcane XIII last year at the BeinArt gallery here in Melbourne and I can honestly say, these are even better in the flesh. Melmoth's work in my opinion is the bees knees. More from Melmoth here.




11 Apr 2019

Truth has died





If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers. Let it be with similar types whose hearts and heads we may be proud of. Let our grandchildren delight to find the start of our stories in their ears but the endings all around in their wandering eyes.
The whole universe or the structure that perceives it is a worthy opponent, but try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering.- Julian Assange

4 Apr 2019

Transubstantiation part 1

They mean minds, then hearts or “Bomb the occupation”
Mixed medium repurposed spray cans
195mm x 66mm

Transubstantiation part 1 is now available in Heathen Green, Civilian’s Red ,Drone’s Sky Blue, True Freedom Black, Weakness White and Post Traumatic Grey. Drop me a DM, email, txt, prank phone call or note tied to a brick through my window for sales info.
 
 

5 Mar 2019

Trinity, John Donne


IV.
The Trinity

O blessed glorious Trinity,
Bones to Philosophy, but milk to faith
Which, as wise serpents, diversely
Most slipperiness, yet most entanglings hath,
As you distinguished, undistinct,
By power, love, knowledge be,
Give me a such self different instinct,
Of these let all me elemented be,
Of power, to love, to know you unnumbered three


The Trinity explosion, 16 ms after detonation.



“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein.






6 Dec 2018

Greeks, clocks and rockets


If you are a regular reader of this blog (hi Nan!) you'll no doubt have noticed that my sporadic efforts here have been, well, less sporadic. Ok, so maybe neglect is a better way to look at it. You might also know that I thrash the Easy Rider references but like Captain America, I'm hip about time. Being someone whose worth is often based on being at a place for a time or performing a thing for a time, has a certain pull on the resource we are all running short of, time. I balance that as much as I can and where I fall short, I take from here and other fruitless indulgences like sleep, socialising and day to day human activities, because, hmmm... Moving on.

You might know I'm a horology fan but the truth is, I actually get quite emotional thinking about this stuff. Few things more human than waiting for that someone to call or hoping they'll leave, or waiting until you can, or waiting on that holiday, or drink, or getting that tooth out, or in fact, remembering that time... This, added with the definition of the word horology and the absolute zen like nature of the study and labours is pure breath to a head swimmer like me. Just as I see physics as a search for guidance, not control, horology is the academic and physical manifestation of our human need for comfort and connection. With this segue and in the spirit of my earthly fight for the heavenly resource of time I offer you Clickspring.

From Chris' youtube about section - "I'm Chris from Clickspring, and I create home machine shop project videos with a focus on clock-making technology. Join me as I make an authentic replica of The Antikythera Mechanism from raw metal stock, as well as a wide selection of tools for use in the home machine shop. You can also help make these project videos, and access additional content - visit the https://www.patreon.com/clickspring page for more information."

To sum things up as quickly as I can for you, Clickspring is building an accurate Antikythera Mechanism. If you support him over at patreon, you might just get to keep it. You're very welcome. This is the first video in the series -








12 Oct 2018

Torn, Release


Torn, Release, 2018
Clay
204mm high




Torn, Release, 2018
Clay
204mm high




Torn, Release, 2018
Clay
204mm high





10 Jul 2018

HUNTING GROUND by Wretch Grizzly


Ok comic, horror, cryptid fans, here's a heads up. Pop over to Moco de Perro Comix on FB, Insta, or Web (currently under construction) and stay tuned to find out more about Wretch Grizzly's upcoming release graphic Hunting Ground.





I've been a huge fan of Grizzly's fine art and graphic style since the day I first saw it. Part 60's risque, part 70's slasher, all David Lynch meets the twilight zone with dollopings of twists, turns and introspection. I have a couple originals from Mr Grizzly I've been meaning to post up here for ages. I can't wait to share them with you guys but for the moment, this is something you will soon be able to pull the trigger on. You don't wanna miss it. More from Wretch Grizzly here