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Kate MacDowell: bloodless bodies

Entangled, 2010 handbuilt porcelain, cone 6 glaze Kate MacDowell sculpts partially dissected frogs, decaying bodies with exposed skeletons, and viscera invaded by tentacles or ants. It’s the imagery of nightmares, death metal music videos, or that tunnel scene in the original Willy Wonka (not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be…

An unbelievable octopus chair – nay, throne – by Maximo Riera. “the Octopus Chair places the animal and human being in harmony, where each is considered equal and one is not subject to the other. The octopus is not decoration; it is as intrinsic to the chair as the person sat upon it.” Via NotCot…

This wooden octopus counting toy is adorable! The only odd thing here is that the tentacles and baby octopi are numbered in a single sequence. It makes sense, I suppose – you want the child to put the numbers in the proper order, and that works better if you’re filling gaps between numbers: 1 _…

The ultimate bioephemera: art you eat! This cephalopod by specialty cake artist Karen Portoleo is definitely NOT a cake wreck (although if there were a little cake(ship)wreck under those tentacles, it might not be a bad addition). Karen previously made a “gingerbread” house with an octopus icing and tiling the roof. For serious. Thanks to…

David Hochbaum

David Hochbaum Genisis NYC artist David Hochbaum, the creator of beguiling ephemera-inspired art, is a long-time favorite of BioE (and our friends at Phantasmaphile). Check out his Open Call portfolio, and if you will, take a moment to rate it five stars – you could help him win an artists’ residency! (psst, cephalopodphiles: this is…

I recently stumbled across an interesting post (don’t ask how I got there; how do you ever end up anywhere on the Web?) about how the octopus has been used as a propaganda symbol, from WW2 to Big Oil, to represent the terrifying Other. Fascinating stuff – read more here for starters, and here is…

The Anachronism (Full Film) from Anachronism Pictures on Vimeo. The full length version of The Anachronism, a short film by Matthew Gordon Long, has been released online. The only thing wrong with it is that it isn’t longer. Give yourself a treat this weekend, enjoy the steampunk, and, if you’re like me, reminisce about taking…

Tentacular Place Settings!

Anthropologie’s new From the Deep collection features cobalt blue tentacles reaching over the edge of a dinner plate while an octopus broods on the salad plate. There are even suckers on the teacup handles! You can Life Aquatic it up quirky-collage-style with the coordinating dishes featuring collaged fish, stripes, and disproportionately tiny ships, but I’m…

Style Bubble has some snapshots of luxe skull- and carapace-inspired jewelry by Dominic Jones. You’ve just got to love a crocodile skull vambrace! See more snaps at Style Bubble. Via Haute Macabre – you musn’t miss their other recent post on Dominic Jones’ work for Vice Magazine. Here’s a teaser:

Good idea: the National Zoo is letting us name its Giant Pacific octopus. Bad idea: the names. All four are terrible: Olympus: This octopus arrived at the Zoo just before the 2010 Winter Olympics, and for many zoogoers the octopus gets a gold medal for being a compelling animal. Ceph: Octopuses belong to the fascinating…