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almost normal

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I was recently reading Juxtapoz magazine’s interview with artist Liz McGrath who is having her first NY solo show.  Liz’s work delivers a wonderful weirdness that stimulates the imagination.  I’m reminded a bit of Thomas Woodruff’s Freak Parade, only these strange characters are 3 dimensional and in your face.  Of course, her work is her own, but this particular show has a similar surreal circus thing going on.  At any rate, she’s awesome and I wish I could get see the NY show in person.  

I snagged a few pics to show you and in my quest to credit the photographer, I was pleased to see that he, like McGrath, walks a bit on the weird side. Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandeliers and fringe celebrity portraits are pretty damn awesome. 

liz mcgrath

 thomas woodruff's freak parade root hare
thomas woodruff’s
root hare / Freak Parade

adam wallacavage
adam wallacavage making octopus chandeliers!

I guess this week I’m proposing a toast, of sorts. 

*clears throat* 

“Here’s to the awkward, the random, the quirky, the not-quite-right in all of us.  Your inner weird could be the very stuff that makes you particularly awesome.” 

*clinks imaginary glass and giggles* 

See you next week (unless I decide to take off for my birthday which is unlikely as the self-imposed guilt-trip would probably be too much to bear. ) 

<3 calan

12 Responses to “almost normal”

  1. Seraphine Says:

    the “not-quite-right” is your core audience, calan.
    of course, i’m the conception.
    er… the exception,
    because i’m always right.

    the owl’s carrot nose
    she stole from a dead snowman
    she poops lumps of coal

  2. calan Says:

    sera – haha, i love your take on the ‘owl’. judging from jim’s reaction this morning that bird creature is stealing the show. for jim, it was the ‘stoner eyes’ that were particularly amusing. 😛

  3. coolioness Says:

    O_O I want the octopus chandelier.

    Heather prides herself
    On being ordinary
    With slight exceptions.

    So do I! ^_^ Though her pig hat could take my sprial-bound-notebook-spiral necklace in a cage match of weirdness.

  4. Flips Says:


  5. Seraphine Says:

    luckily food was available in suppository form,
    or poor heather would have been unable to eat.
    chewing, however, required much effort and
    made the pig hat appear almost alive.

  6. Gabe Says:

    just another chap
    he is eerily normal
    what a total freak

  7. calan Says:

    omg sera, i’m laughing out loud here for reals. <3 your imagination!

  8. matthew Says:

    Wow Sera that was truly funny. Like calan i just had to laugh at the picture in my head.

    As Heather walked through the woods
    she suddenly stopped
    standing very still

    She felt it staring again
    she was set this time
    she had her pig hat

    I love this comic. From the crazy looking bird to the cute as hell Heather. This is one of my top favorites. Very good job.

    Most thought her ordinary
    Heather had secrets
    or problems, you choose.

    Those octopus lamps are so cool. I want one!

    I sit looking up
    to a writhing illusion
    I must change that bulb

    Sorry for the late post again. Have a great weekend.

  9. Karen Says:

    Pig hats are awesome,
    octopus lamps are better.
    Cephalopods win!

  10. Amanda Says:

    Happy Birthday dear
    We wish you happiness
    on your special day

    sorry its short and early but happy birthday octo lamps are amazing btw

  11. UnconsciousINK Says:

    i LOVE this girls face! 😀

  12. calan Says:

    aw thanks UnconsciousINK. you know, i scrolled up to look at her again cuz i kind of forgot what her face looked like and she reminds me a bit of this life-size Holly Hobby doll I had when i was very little…the one my brother used to wrap a noose around and hang from my bedroom doorway. not going anywhere with this, just a random flashback. 🙂

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