Dr. Seuss is an epic badass.
April 12, 2012
Exterior of Kavanaugh Art Gallery. Photo: Kavanaugh
April 23, 2013
You didn’t know Dr. Seuss made taxidermy sculptures, did you? Me neither. Reproductions of Dr. Seuss’ Unorthodox Taxidermy are on display at the Kavanaugh Art Gallery in Valley Junction.
In the 1930’s Seuss used horns and beaks from the zoo where his father worked to make sculptural pieces. The creatures look like exotic game mounted and stuffed for a billiard room. (Maybe somebody’s smoking a cigar in there.) The appearance of them makes me wonder, who is shooting Dr. Seuss characters?
Dr. Seuss “Mulberry Street Unicorn” circa 1938, and reproduction
Seuss tackled racism, environmental concerns, and such in his storybooks. I think the confusing, unpleasant deadness of these creatures is intentional. Given the way we treat real animals, Dr. Seuss’ ought naught to be exempt. Imaginary creatures are thrust into very real circumstances.
Curiosity about Dr. Seuss’ Unorthodox Taxidermy prompted me to spend the better part of two days on a cyber adventure into the art of taxidermy. Robert Rauschenberg, Damien Hirst, and Berlinde De Bruyckere were noteworthy.
If you’re still hungry for more, “Taxidermy in Art” has a fantastic overview of contemporary artists working with taxidermy. See: http://taxidermy-in-art.tumblr.com/