Want a dose of weird? Pick up the Weekender newspaper and flip to page thirty to read a comprehensive, full-page interview on my human hair art on display now at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in NYC. Click the picture below, or here, to read the complete interview online.
Would you believe me if I told you my artwork is on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum on Times Square, NYC? How about if I told you it was made from human hair? My own hair? Continue reading »
After Ripley’s Believe It or Not! saw the photo of my human hair sculpture of a vampire bat, I received an email, with little delay, asking if I was coming to their Bizarre Buying Bazaar! event where they ‘Odd’praise “odd, unbelievable, and bizarre” pieces. Taking this as a sign of interest, I reacted to the opportunity with vigor by booking a trip to NYC just a few minutes before the W-B to NYC bus departed—and by a few minutes I mean we, my friend and I, sprinted from my car, to the terminal, to the bus.
Once at The Port Authority of NY, it only took three minutes to walk to Ripley’s museum on Times Square. I had bats in my stomach, but I remained grounded, suppressing any expectations, as I sat down across a table from Edward Meyer, VP Exhibits & Archives at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and showed him three of my human hair sculptures: a vampire bat, a horse fly, and a black widow spider—all life-size. None of which, apart from the bat, have been displayed to the public.
When Mr. Meyer raised a congratulating hand over the table, I felt my heart stop. He bought all three pieces! All three!
Having worked so hard on these human hair sculptures, it’s an incredible, surreal feeling to know I am a contributing artist of the most iconic museum in world!
You may be thinking, weren’t those creepy hair pieces a part of your show titled Christian Baloga: The Beauty of Grotesque? Are you still having the exhibit later this year?
Well yes, they were a part of the show, an integral part, in fact. But having this opportunity to display my artwork to the world in a Ripley’s museum was an opportunity I could never turn down. As such, I’m postponing the local NEPA exhibit until further notice. Check back regularly and join the newsletter for updates.
Since childhood, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been my favorite museum, and now my work is part of it! Believe It or Not!
PS I also got to meet Evan Michelson from the Discovery Channel show Oddities [photo below]; when I showed her a photo of my human hair sculpture of the spider, she said “It’s beautiful.” I died.
Thanks to Angela Johnson, Edward Meyer, and the Ripley Archives. For further reading, visit the Ripley’s Facebook Page, website, and of course, the Times Square museum! All three human hair pieces will be displayed at the Times Square location until further notice. After which they will be shipped to other Ripley’s Museums. Also, I’m not sure when it’ll be aired, but if you see me on the NYC news, please record and share it with me!
archival ink, acrylic, plastic, metal, nail polish
Happy World Goth Day! I’m delighted you took a break from your annual cemetery picnic to
check out my artwork. I don’t know what the weather is like in your area, but in Northeastern Pennsylvania we woke up to thunder and lightning—how befitting!
These upcycled mannequin hands will be part of a future art exhibit titled “Christian Baloga: The Beauty of Grotesque.”
Expect more, but not all, posts from this upcoming art exhibition every couple weeks or so.
You don’t want to miss a thing! For the latest, follow Christian on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Myspace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and sign up for the newsletter on the left.
Listen to this! I was thrilled to have been interviewed on The Weird Show, podcast this week about my artwork, including the human hair sculptures that will be featured in my upcoming art exhibit “The Beauty of Grotesque,” writing, and a bit on my future creative endeavors. To be taken to this week’s episode of The Weird Show where you can listen to this episode titled “Conversational Dial Tone,” click here.
“Human Hair Vampire Bat”
Since I was fortunate enough to have this piece, and two other human hair sculptures, bought from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, I have postponed the local NEPA art exhibit until further notice. Check back regularly and join the newsletter for updates.
Throughout history, human hair and its diverse styles have served as important cultural signifiers, symbolizing wealth, status, and health. The moment it’s detached from the human body, however, it becomes grotesque, often manifesting decay, loss, and repugnance.
This conditional perception of beauty is what inspired this sculpture, and a host other pieces in my future art exhibit currently titled “Christian Baloga: The Beauty of Grotesque,” that will be held sometime later this year.
Stitching this hairy life-size sculpture of a Common Vampire Bat took roughly seventy five hours. Just think about how much blood can be indulged upon in that time!
Expect more, but not all, posts from this exhibition every couple weeks or so.
One year ago yesterday, on December 21, 2012, “Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales” was first published in eBook format!
There’s no better time than this to extend my sincerest thanks to those who have supported and brought this incredible endeavor to life.
To those who attended the book signing, wrote insightful reviews to help potential readers, suggested the book to others, or read the book out of morbid curiosity, I thank you! I could’ve never imagined how successful this bizarre collection of short stories would become.
I’ve learned more than I could’ve imagined on this yearlong roller coaster ride and it’s made me as passionate about story telling as ever!
Thank you again for creeping along with me, dear reader. I look forward to many more years of success. Stay tuned.
Photo of review pictured above. Read on for text taken from The Weekender Newspaper review.
BOOK REVIEW: Local author spins 13 ‘Wicked’ tales
October 31. 2013 1:37PM
By Sara Pokorny
It’s that time of year for things that are delightfully twisted – and a local author’s 13-story compilation falls nothing short of that description. Continue reading »
“Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales” was written by Harveys Lake resident Christian Baloga. The book was published in e-form late last year and recently hit the shelves as a compact paperback, complete with illustrations to highlight some of the gorier [sic] images conjured up by some of the tales.
“Wicked” doesn’t quite fit under the horror genre – bizarro fiction seems to fit the bill more. In the tales, we meet a vengeful hive of wasps, as well as some birds who are not too pleased with humans, split Siamese twins with a connection unlike any other, and a doll that’s the total opposite of cuddly.
Baloga’s stories each start off as somewhat normal – a situation you could picture yourself in on any given day – and then veer off into totally different territory. It’s startling, and it leaves readers with a feeling of unease and questions of, “Did that just really happen?”
Such stories that induce this frame of mind for the reader are “Unraveling the Nest,” where a pregnancy goes terribly awry, and “Birds of Prey,” where Baloga proves that absolutely no one is safe from an ill fate.
Though it can be argued that leaving some things left to the imagination is the way to go when playing with horrific thoughts, there’s also something to be said about spelling it out plainly for the reader – which is exactly what Baloga does. Every little detail is put forth . . . it mostly throws the reader right into the middle of the action. (I dare you to try and not pay attention to every single shadow you see flit across a dimly lit room after reading “Poison Ivy.”) . . .
“Wake the Wicked” delivers on giving readers a sense of uncomfortable terror, keeping them looking over their shoulders long after the book is shut.