This week’s featured artist is Loren Kantor from Hollywood, California. Loren’s avenue of artistry is geared towards woodcutting.
His most recent piece depicts an actual poster for a traveling circus/freak show from turn-of-the-century Europe.
“Solomon” was supposedly found in the Solomon Islands.
The story is told that a few days before the freak show came to town, news reports began circulating of a strange monkey-like creature that was appearing at night and attacking people. Eyewitness accounts were inconsistent, but the creature was described as about five-feet tall covered in black hair and amazingly human-like. Imagine it’s 1908, you’re a young child in London, you’ve survived another flu season and your dad is taking you on a stroll down Piccadilly Street. You make it within a block of Hyde Park and there outside the Pickard Theater stands a monkey in a business suit. At least you think it’s a monkey. The sign on the theater marquis advertises Solomon the Monkey Man. This was the nature of the circus in those days. Bearded ladies, strong men, two-headed boys and animal-human hybrids. (5″ x 7″, black ink print)
Visit Loren’s blog at: http://woodcuttingfool.blogspot.com/ to view his other objets d’art.
Have a wonderful weekend my friends! I will be at Cabela’s in Triadelphia, W. Va. and will be interviewing many researchers including the great Dr. Meldrum!