A compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger.

Monday, April 17, 2006


Michael Combs, like many artists who can be considered "Extreme Craft" has a family history that is tangled with craft--in his case, decoy carving. In art school, Combs tried to deny his inner crafter, but finally found his inner voice when he embraced traditional, representational carving methods, but giving them a sardonic twist. Combs' recent work has culminated in The Trophy Room, an installation at the Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons.

The exhibition consists of his sculptures of decoys, taxidermied animal heads, fetish wear returning to nature, and notably...a strap-on goose head/neck. Check out this great review at thenonist.com, or pick up the January/February issue of Sculpture magazine for a second helping. The exhibition will be on view through May 15th, so check it out if you're like, you know, on your way to your summer cottage. Does anybody know where I can get some of that kustom red pinstripe-y man wallpaper?



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