Controversial artist Damien Hirst’s latest series of work, entitled ‘Entomology’, is made up of hundreds of different insect species. The insects are placed in various geometric designs to form intricate patterns, and then the insects are coated in gloss paint. The title of this specific piece, Capaneus, is derived from Dante’s epic Latin poem, “Thebaid”. Like Hirst’s pervious works, this series is not for the squeamish.
There’s something really dark about what Mexican artist Carlos Amorales does with Black Cloud, an installation with 30,000 handcrafted black paper moths that just sit around on walls, and you know, overwhelm gallery visitors by their sheer combined presence. We can’t think of a better way to beat mottephobia except by watching Mothra and hanging out with their paper dummies.
Toronto-based artist Amy Swartz’s Pests series began in 2011 and has expanded to include thousands of miniature sculptures that fuse insects and toys into one darkly fascinating collection. There’s something meticulously beautiful about the project, especially more monstrous creations like the werewolf butterfly, which the Swartz says ‘explores the idea of obsession — not only in the practice of art, but also in humanity’s perceived control over nature, life, and death’.
These microscopic photographs of insects and animals might be a little too close for comfort. The disturbing close-ups of insect eyes and wasp stingers are sure to give anyone the creeps and the amazing photographs of bat and mouse embryos are as intriguing as they are haunting.
Elizabeth Goluch’s focus for the past ten years has been creating one-of-a-kind, larger than life, highly detailed metal insects. Each complex, nature perfect sculpture, incorporates gold, silver, enamel and gemstones in its construction. The decorative details reference elements of insect life, lore and environment.
Check out these biomechanic insects from Russian artist Yuri Savelich. Biomechanics and steampunk have become an interesting phenomenon of the digital age. It embraces technology while attempting to give it an organic quality that has often goes missing in our digital-urban lifestyles.
Salsa Invertebraxa, a truly epic graphic novel from artist/writer Mozchops , is finally published. It charts the odyssey of two invertebrate companions as they journey through a vibrant world of imaginary insects and flora. After an incubation of fifteen years, Mozchops has exquisitely crafted 200 paintings to tell this story of a beautiful, dangerous and mysterious world.
The work of Jennybird Alcantara is a trip, to say the least. This stuff is about as surreal is surreal gets. Think dolls, and animals, and plants, and insects, then mix it all up every which way and you’ve got the beautifully twisted paintings of Jennybird Alcantara.
Maybe working with David Lynch on the set of Blue Velvet had some kind of lasting effect, but whatever her inspiration, Isabella Rossellini’s new Green Porno series promises to be fascinating. In these short films, Rossellini dresses up as male insects and simulates bug sex with giant female fireflies, spiders, house flies, dragonflies, and a few other species of creepy crawlers.