While I was in lounge-mode over Christmas, my Mom mentioned this new show Oddities, that she thought I’d love. I was intrigued and low and behold there was a marathon on. I only caught a few episodes, but I’m hooked. The program documents the daily happenings at Obscura Antiques and Oddities, an unusual antique shop in NY city that specializes in the bizarre. Items like a genuine mummy’s hand, a taxidermied 4 legged marble-shooting freak-show chicken, monkey skulls, ancient mortuary tools, obscure medical devices and so on. Not only do you get to check out wonderful creepy weird stuff, but you also get a bit of a history lesson. I know some of you shun television, but this is well worth a watch. You can catch it on the Discovery channel (check your listings) or watch episodes online.
The show has me all jazzed up for oddities, so I went hunting local antique stores and the flea market. All I found was this handmade deranged looking mannequin in a Santa hat:
and this duo of wide-eyed innocence and evil intent:
That wasn’t the best thing about the holidays though. The best was this present from Jim:
You might remember me gushing about Daniel Mrgan’s work about a year ago when I attended his Sick Days show. Well, I got one of the pieces from that show. I did a post on my artist blog earlier this week in which Daniel was kind enough to share some of the emotions and symbols behind this piece. It’s pretty damn beautiful. I suggest you read the post: His Sick Days Made My Christmas Merry. You can see more of Daniel’s work here….
Daniel Mrgan’s Website – official site, contact, upcoming exhibits
Daniel Mrgan’s Flickr – new art work posted regularly
Other awesome gifts included a Kindle (i know, i know i like to touch books too and didn’t think I wanted one…until I was given one and now i love it) and a small bag of coyote foot bones which my cat really loves to sniff. I didn’t know cat’s could have such a fetish but there you go.
Happy New Year everyone!