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Masaru Shichinohe’s Magic Nurse

We don’t know much about Masaru Shichinohe, but we know what we like, and we like the not-entirely-innocent magic of these dreamlike scenes of children playing doctor. His site is in Japanese, so all we can say is that he was born in 1959 and has 18 books published, none of which have yet been translated into English.  Linguists and publishers take note!

You can find more of these images here and on the artist’s website.

 

The Anatomical Art of Fernando Vicente

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Spanish illustrator and artist Fernando Vicente merges photography and painting in his illustrations for magazines, books, CDs, and film posters, but may be most well known in this country for his anatomically themed “Vanitas” and “Anatomias” painting series — the former dissecting the fashion world with a rather literal touch and the latter taking a similarly literal approach to the machine/body analogy.

Inappropriate Playthings

We’re always collecting pictures related to medical, health, safety, and the like, but sometimes other themes emerge. Like with these three otherwise unrelated images all representing things that probably shouldn’t be given to children but apparently were.

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This painting by Dutch artist Jan van Neck depicts the great anatomist Frederick Ruysch dissecting a stillborn infant as part of an anatomy lesson. However, it’s not so much the dissected baby that caught our eye as the child (Ruysch’s son?) who’s been invited in to rubberneck. And in particular it’s that fetal skeleton the kid’s apparently been given as a toy.

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Probably not quite as dangerous as it sounds, but still alarming if nothing else for its pro-nuke propaganda, this item was produced by the A.C. Gilbert Company in 1950. It contained a geiger counter, cloud chamber, electroscope, spinthariscope, and some genuine radioisotopes just to get things popping. Gilbert was also the inventor of the classic engineering toy, the Erector Set, (which, come to think of it, is also a kind of inappropriate at least as far as that name goes.)

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And speaking of “Erectors,” the Tumblr wonderland Mostly Forbidden Zone dug up this wrong-headed attempt to — what? — make oxygen more fun to breathe? I wasn’t aware children needed additional incentive other than the threat of suffocation when it came to breathing, but even if your normal oxygen tank might be less than inviting to particularly sensitive respiratory patients, I’m not sure encouraging them to “suck on the candy tube until you make the clown’s eyes roll,” is really putting the right idea in their heads. Or maybe I just overly suspicious of clowns.

 

Medical Fantasy Art from the Wellcome Museum

While poking around Sutured Infection’s Tumblr, we found these lovely medical themed paintings by Richard Tennant Cooper commissioned in 1912 by the Henry Wellcome for his museum of medical history.

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Richard Tennant Cooper – “A giant claw pierces the breast of a sleeping naked woman, another naked woman swoops down and stabs the claw with a knife ; symbolising science’s fight against cancer.”, c. 1910

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Richard Tennant Cooper: “An unconscious naked man lying on a table being attacked by little demons armed with surgical instruments; symbolising the effect of chloroform on the human body.”, 1912

V0017232 Syphilis. Gouache by Richard Tennant Cooper, 1912.

Richard Tennant Cooper: “Syphilis”, 1912

Caution: Children on Fire

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Pictures of burning children always catch our attention. Particularly old-timey pictures of burning kids like this one from She Walks Softly. Turns out, this one is a little too good to be true, as it’s not the vintage advertisement for some the kooky product it purports to be, but the work of contemporary designer and illustrator Christian Northeast.

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Even though I’d seen this marshmallow roast gone terribly wrong before, I’d assumed it was mere Photoshop trickery, so was surprised to learn these are genuine flesh-and-blood children staging a pyrotechnic stunt for reality TV show pilot. The kids are part of a family of stunt professionals headed by TK TK Dunn, and have performed in many movies including Catwoman, X-Men II, and Scary Movie, and others. No word was to whether the pilot ever sold

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Cigarette cards were the bubblegum cards of their Edwardian day.  It seems fitting that a cigarette manufacture should produce instructional material on fire safety, though this was only one in a series of hundreds of unrelated to the dangers or ill-effects of smoking, so it would be a bit of a presumptuous to conclude this was offered as a sort of product warning.

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The final word in burning children art would have to come from the pen of early German psychiatric pioneer Heinrich Hoffman, who in 1845 created both verse and illustration for his collection of cautionary tales for children Der Struwwelpeter, translated for American audiences by Mark Twain as Slovenly Peter.  Peter, a child whose grooming habits were wildly out of control, was one of a host counter-exemplary children, which also included the tale of naughty Pauline (pictured here) whose fascination with matches ends badly despite the best advice of her cats.

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Hoffman’s “The Dreadful Story About Matches” was later republished in many editions, sometimes with different illustrations such as this one featuring an older Pauline no longer toting doll and perhaps already on the verge of puberty, a state some scholars have associated with the graphic decision to move the fire from its original location on the child’s back to the more suggestive position shown here.

British cabaret band, The Tiger Lillies retells “The Dreadful Story of Pauline and the Matches” in their Struwelpeter-inspired album Shockheaded Peter,  which provided the soundtrack for an off-Broadway stage production of the same name.

The poem has even inspired Rammstein in their song “Hilf mir,” which loosely retells this story well known to their native German audiences.

June 4: Art of Bleeding’s Hospital Clown

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This Saturday, June 4, The Art of Bleeding will present a living (but in critical condition) art piece: “The Hospital Clown” at the Hive’s “Circus Circus” themed show.  The installation will be up throughout the night.

Further info on the show provided by The Hive

The Hive Gallery Group show and Performances-
“CIRCUS, CIRCUS” Themed show
June 4th, 8PM-12:30AM
$8 at door
Show runs June 4th-25th

Featured Artist 1: Ken Dougherty
Featured Artist 2: Deanna Adona
Featured Artist 3: Charles Swenson
Featured Artist 4: Bizarro Au Go-Go
Tall Wall Artist: Sherry DeLorme
Small Wall Artist: Shannon O’Connor
Installation Artist: JNGL

Circus Themed Artists:

Macsorro / Salah / Amina Harper / Andrew Long / Jessica Ward / Tiffany Silver Braun / Philippe Fernandez / Marlon McWilliams / Delphia / Christopher Ulrich / Kayla Sanders / Dustin Myers / Henry F. Cram / Jessica Valencia / Julie Bossinger / Ted Von Heiland / Tiffany Chang / Cynthia Rogers / Jonathan Measures / MARACOLE / Debbie Lee / Jantzen Peake / Larkin / Jaime Lakatos / Deborah Scott / Shayne Labadie / Daisuke Okamoto / Yuki Miyazaki / 3RDi / Josie Portillo / Erick Rodriguez / Celene Petrulak / Andrea Young / Alfie Numeric / Juan Muniz / Orion and Nathan Collaboration / Chloe Ching / Megan Elizabeth Ford / Alex Chiu / Marine Arzuyan and more!

SPECIAL EXHIBIT by The Chiodo Brothers!

The Chiodo Brothers, known for their Cult Classic Film “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” will be exhibiting Klown art (drawings, paintings and more) in The Hive Gallery
for the month of June!!!
www.chiodobrothers.com

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE ART EXHIBIT:

“Hospital Clown installation by The Art of Bleeding”
www.artofbleeding.com/blog

Front Room Performances:

8-8:45pm – Aparato – http://www.facebook.com/aparatoband
9-9:45pm – Push Play – http://www.myspace.com/pushplaylosangeles
10- 10:45 – Mirden – http://mirden.com/
11- 11:45 – Grandpire – http://www.myspace.com/pushplaylosangeles
12am-12:45- Machine Fang – http://machinefang.com/

Back Room Performances:

8:00 – 9:00 TREK LEWIS facebook.com/djtreklewis
9:00 – 10:00 KALIX SKY soundcloud.com/kalixsky
10:00 – 11:00 THE NOTHING
11:00 – 12:30 DJ JAY-YOU www.eatpetfood.com

Resident Artists:

Sensei / Nathan Cartwright / Mary Spring / Greg Gould / Walt Hall / Sarah Winkle / John Dang / Jinx / J.Salvador
/ Feminine Oddities / Shrine / Sonik / Leyla Akdogan / Stephan Canthal / Mike Street / Andres Carmiol /
/ The Little Red Writer / Randy Kono / Sara Hedstrom / Alex Schaefer / Patrick Haemmerlein / Alan DeForest / Bethany Pratt /
/ Radhika Hersey / Romina Gonzales / Yuki Miyazaki / Sophia Gasparian / Ink Pen Mutations Press / Doug Meyer /
Nicole Bruckman / Glenn Fox / Edyth Gonzalez / Daisuke Okamoto / David Reyes / Tom McDermott /
Michelle and Mark Rainville / Dominique Lopez / Catherine Kaleel / Michelle Romo

DONATIONS FOR JAPAN RELIEF BY: Daisuke Okamoto

NEW BATHROOM INSTALLATIONS BY:
Alex Chiu http://alexdoodles.com/
Ichae Ackso www.ichaeackso.com
John Haley III

NEW NEON INSTALLATION: Teemster teeemster@gmail.com

ALL NEW FABRIC ENVIRONMENTS/ INSTALLATION by: Sonik http://www.transmorphic.net/

BURLESQUE PERFORMANCES BY: Feminine Oddities www.feminineoddities.com

HIVE TAROT DECK READING BY:
Seraphime Angelis
Medium, Astrologer, Card Reader, Poet
sidereally.occultated@gmail.com

http://sidereallyoccultated.blogspot.com/

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