Elves often have names like Jingles or Jangles. I’m thinking this fellow might be called Mangles. This week’s haiku comic pulls inspiration from the twisted toy scene in Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Has anyone been fortunate enough to catch the Burton exhibit at MOMA ? It runs until April, so we still have time. I’m certainly going to try. There are some images in this LA Times article to give you a taste. There’s also a flash interactive exhibit site but I got too tired of my computer moaning about the load time to see it. My computer sucks though, so don’t let my experience scare you from checking it out. I’m sure it’s awesome.
So speaking of awesome artist’s, I finally have a piece by one of my favorite local artists: Vince Pompei. He works in silverware and does sculptural pieces, clocks, well the clocks are also sculptures and he also does these crazy bracelets out of forks and watch movements and floral pieces often out of spoons. I’m in love with his work because it has so much personality and imagination.
When I see one of Vince Pompei’s pieces, say a gravy boats on spoon legs with spindly fork arms, I feel like I’m seeing a moment in time captured – a secret moment that was took place when the house was dark and quiet and the silverware thought no one was looking.
I’ll post a few photos that do not even come close to doing his work justice but will give you an idea. If you live in the Tampa Bay area or plan on visiting, you can visit his brand new gallery and studio and see the work for yourself. He’s also a super nice guy too, by the way!
I was lucky enough to acquire a clock similar to this one:
Here are a few other examples:
And some silverware elephants…
You can see what pieces are currently available directly from Pompei Studio’s site. The gallery is located at 4736 Freemont Terrace, St. Petersburg FL. You’ll need to call 727.744.2795 to let Vince know you are stopping by.
In personal news, I’ve had some great art shows recently and quite a few commissioned pieces in the works and am now scrambling like crazy to get ready for two more weeks of art/craft shows. This Sunday I’ll be in Palm Harbor FL at The Horse of A Different Color Winter Market
The following weekend I’ll be at the much anticipated, coolest indie handmade craft fair (and sat night rockabilly show) – Atomic Holiday Bazaar. This show gets an enormous crowd and is really geared towards edgier crafters and shoppers. I’m really glad i was accepted into it and am excited and a little nervous. I’m told I had better be prepared with a ton of stuff or I’ll sell out Sat night and be standing around like an idiot all day Sunday. That said, I may have to pass on comicking next week. The comic is 4 – 6 hours work and the post takes me an hour or two – that’s nearly a full day’s work that I probably can’t afford to ‘lose’. So if I’m not here, forgive me. Perhaps, I’ll post a photo of a creepy art piece and a send a quick hello.
Wish me luck 🙂