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Aleksandra Waliszewska

Our friends at Street Anatomy recently blogged about Warsaw-based artist Aleksandra Walisewska‘s often anatomical, always unsettling work. The artist describes her raw, compelling style in an interview with My Dance The Skull:

I love pre-modern art. It is an endless source of inspiration for me, a true bottomless well of ideas. Looking at some picture throughout the years, I can continue to find new elements in it, discover new qualities that I didn’t notice before. My real favourites would be Hans Memling, Enguerrand Quarton and Nicolas Poussin. I have definitely less interest for modern art.

More of her work can be found on her Flickr pages.

Los Angeles Halloween Show Announced

HALLOWEEN HIGHWAY 2 with Art of Bleeding and Friends

Friday, October 28, 8:00pm – 10:30
Saturday, October 29, 8:00pm – 10:30
Sunday, October 30, 8:00pm – 10:30

Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

This Halloween weekend, The Art of Bleeding will once again transform the Steve Allen Theater parking lot into a ghoulish carnival of entertaining catastrophes featuring a SPECTACULARLY REAL MULTI-VEHICLE CAR-CRASH TABLEAU.

Against a smoldering backdrop of twisted cars, you’ll have the opportunity to hear TRUE STORIES OF MEDICAL HORRORS and ACCIDENTS from a rotating lineup of storytellers including MARGARET CHO, ANDY DICKJIM TURNER, TOBY HUSS, EDDIE PEPITONE,  SELENE LUNA, DON BOLLES, STEPHEN HOLMAN, CLINT CATALYST, DUKEY FLYSWATTER, DANNY SHORAGO, KIM STODEL, BIENO SVENGALI, and more TBA shortly.

Providing dubious educational counterbalance to these tales of trauma will be THE ART OF BLEEDING‘s “Magic Ambulance Theater,” a tragically misguided children’s show featuring gore-drenched actors, pedantic Safety Ape, bickering robot, and an ample array of attendant nurses in less-than-ample wardrobe.
FEMALE BLOOD WRESTLING, and a frighteningly live sound-performance installation by the enigmatic medical miracles of BOUNCEHAUSEN round out the evening.

(NOTE: This program may not suitable for children)

TICKETS $10, Available online for: FRIDAY 10/28,   SATURDAY 10/29,  SUNDAY 10/30

(Photos from Halloween Highway 2006)


Andy Dick, Jim Turner, Don Bolles, Clint Catalyst, Bieno Svengali

FRIDAY 10/28
TOBY HUSS  Carnivàle. Adventures of Pete & Pete), (EDDIE PEPITONE (Last Comic Standing, Old School) DUKEY FLYSWATTER (Haunted Garage, Surf Nazis Must Die), STEPHEN HOLLMAN (Theater Carnivale, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), DANNY SHORAGO (The Fuxedos), KIM STODAL

MARGARET CHO (Drop Dead Diva, The Cho Show), TOBY HUSS (Carnivàle, Adventures of Pete & Pete), SELENE LUNA (The Cho Show, My Bloody Valentine 3D)

SUNDAY 10/30
MARGARET CHO (Drop Dead Diva, The Cho Show)TOBY HUSS (Carnivàle. Adventures of Pete & Pete) KIM STODAL



AUTOMOBILE SCULPTURE: Clod Wrinkleman, Al Ridenour

ART OF BLEEDING MAGIC AMBULANCE THEATER: Randy Horton, Phil Glau, Al Ridenour, Eric Ridenour, Auriana Borealis, Jezebelle X, Harmony Rose, Tayler Jones, B.J & Eileen Winslow, Erin Robotmachine.

BOUNCEHAUSEN: Jason Hadley, Elizabeth Herndon, Joe Borfo, Cathy Gingerly, Rev. Mook, Rev. Dak J. Ultimak, Kel, Nicole Arneson, Matteo Oettam, Tim Wheeler, Esther Napastick, Michel Cicero, Todd Sterling

BLOOD WRESTLING: Auriana Borealis, Snow Mercy, Chrystal Skye, &TBA




Specimens from the Musée Dupuytren

I shot these a while back while visiting the Musée Dupuytren at the University of Paris medical school and thought I’d share them here. The museum itself is somewhat hard to find (some medical students queried nearby had no idea it existed) and is entered through a series of cluttered academic offices.  I was happy to get any pictures at all as photographers normally require written permission, however, the accidental jostling of a rather persistent cough caused my shutter to be repeatedly depressed resulting in these sometimes fuzzy pictures.  The museum contains hundreds of preserved specimens, wax moulages representing various pathologies, and — apparently — a demon-goat and the hand of a deceased peacenik.

Cumming Soon! New AoB Video!


So, we’ve missed several days of blogging thanks to production on a soon-to-be-uploaded Art of Bleeding video. What’s it about, you say? Well, the above image is intended as a hint.

No, it’s not a porn video, but like the good Dr. von Hagens, we know how to get your attention. Look for the new AoB Bodyworlds-inspired video on this site sometime later next month.

And while we’re on the topic of von Hagen’s plastinated “Reverse Cowgirl”…

In response to a 2009 controversy over this particular exhibit, a sulky von Hagens told the media he would saw the bodies off at the waists, presenting the conjoined male/female organs  in more clinical isolation. He is depicted here “dispelling controversy” (?) by waving a prop saw around the couple. Unclear whether he ever actually fulfilled this threat.

Ever the showman, that von Hagens!  Hat’s off!

Gunther Saws them up