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Gallerie d’Bug Arte

“I’m probably the only person to ever remove a grasshopper from Richard Burton’s crotch.”

This past Sunday, the Washington Post brought a fascinating entomologist to our attention: Steven Kutcher, bug wrangler to the stars. Getting his start in show business quite haphazardly when he was asked to help arrange a plague of locusts for the Exorcist II (1976), Kutcher saw a niche career opportunity he couldn’t turn down. Close to 200 movies, TV shows and commercials later, including the feel good hit Arachnophobia, Kutcher is a different kind of Hollywood celebrity.

As interesting as Kutcher’s career is, what really caught our eye was his passion for creating art with insects. In a field dominated by the higher brain functions of chimps, elephants, cats and parrots, Kutcher and his students are hardly the intelligentsia of the animal art world. However, due to their small size and distinctive footfalls, the works have a natural order that make them easy to appreciate.

To create a piece, Kutcher delicately applies water based paint to his students’ feet (tarsi), then releases them on the canvas. Sometimes he uses a flashlight or fan to influence the direction of movement, but the insects are otherwise not manipulated. Afterwards, Kutcher removes the remaining paint from the legs and they share cappuccino and unfiltered cigarettes.

One advantage of bug art is that the artist is almost always dead by the time the piece has sold, thereby ensuring its collectible status. Actually, Kutcher does not sell his originals although he does plan to make prints available.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite pieces:

Darkling Beetle

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Hissing Cockroach
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Monarch Butterfly
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Looks like Kutcher got paint on a little more than the legs in this piece…

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Sarcophagid Fly
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Steven Kutcher demonstrating his work on a public access show (skip to the end for the hot beetle action).

Comments

  1. #1 DaveX
    August 22, 2007

    Long Beachin’ with Mo? How come this never came to DVD? LOL

  2. #2 Alex
    August 22, 2007

    That’s cool, but I think “maggot art” claimed the niche first:

    http://www.maggotart.com/art.cfm

  3. #3 Jon Eccles
    August 22, 2007

    I think I may have seen this kind of thing before. What kind of insect is a pollock? Does it come from Mississippi?

  4. #4 kate
    August 22, 2007

    too much time on their hands? or just extremely cool?
    i vote for the latter.

  5. #5 dwj-65
    August 23, 2007

    I think Jackson is in MS, Pollock must be a suburb. The Abstract Expressionists should appreciate these, esp. the Darkling Beetle anf Fly works. They are certainly much better aesthetically than some recent works I have seen that were created by penguins from the Houston Aquarium. I would still like to see some murals by 3 foot long Dragonflys. Ah, to long for the good old days – like the Pennsylvanian Period!!

  6. #6 sex shop
    May 12, 2009

    What kind of insect is a pollock? Does it come from Mississippi?

  7. #7 LiderPaylasim
    November 7, 2009

    I love it.Bravo.

  8. #8 seks shop
    February 13, 2010

    They are certainly much better aesthetically than some recent works I have seen that were created by penguins from the Houston Aquarium.

  9. #9 seks shop
    March 8, 2010

    these, esp. the Darkling Beetle anf Fly works. They are certainly much better aesthetically than some recent works I have seen that were created by penguins from the Houston Aquarium. I would still like to see so

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