The sudden love affair with taxidermy, that doesn’t seem to wane anytime soon, with several comical interpretations in cardboard, papier-mâché and inflatable plastic. In steps Portland, Oregon’s own, artist Peter Gronquist with his own versions to flip the script. Full of cynicism and flash, his taxidermic sculptures are truly breathtaking while drenched in irony.
Who would ever think of including a firearm with a subject it might’ve or could’ve killed, especially a Gazelle who’s supposed to be super fast? Pure genius I tell you. Notice the gold patina of both the top and bottom pieces yet the middle piece looks more organic as the firearms have assumed the same patina as the antlers themselves. But it doesn’t stop there.
Here’s a beautiful homage to Chanel, be that or not, of a bull full of cascading roses
dropping from the double c’s above. Then there’s this funny little piece on the result of eating Mickey D’s (at least that’s what I’d like to think) – ouch! Wonder if this one would tickle Georgia O’Keefe as much as it does me?