Fangblade by Stephan Alexandr

Exploring nostalgia and nature with hand-carved alligator jawbones

Continuing his curious exploration of alternative uses for animal bones, Portland’s Stephan Alexandr recently released his latest artistic creation—the Fangblade. Carved from alligator jawbones, the handy letter-openers still sport vestigial teeth to remind its user what the knife once was. While the bizarre look and feel initially drew the attention of many of us at CH HQ, the subsequent conversation about physical mail—when we received …

Essence Labs

Anatomical jewelry inspired by duckling bones in Beijing's 798 Art District


 Beijing’s 798 Art District has made a mainstream shift in recent years with coffee shops, souvenir stores, flocks of tourists and the usual weekend deploy of an arsenal of digital cameras. 798 has become the center of lighthearted art entertainment, but it still preserves some hidden pearls of creativity like Essence Labs. Opened in 2009 by young designers Yin Xiangkun and Meng Dan, Essence …

Studio Visit: John O’Reilly

Ground up bones and porcelain dust in a series of biological sculptures

In advance of his first solo exhibition “I stand and look at them long and long” at RH Gallery, we stopped by John O’Reilly‘s Brooklyn studio to see what the young artist had on tap. The warehouse space is shared between four sculptural artists working with communal equipment and unparalleled resourcefulness. O’Reilly, for his part, mixes porcelain with bone powder and polyrethane resin to cast …