Wild Man #1

Wild Man #1 Wilder Mann Video Art

Wild Man #1 is a short video installation featuring Farmer McPhallus and his trusty steed Invictus. The film was shot at the derelict St Athan Boys Village in South Wales.

Selected as one of the winners at the Made in Roath open exhibition 2014 in Cardiff. Selected by Chris Brown (G39) and Ben Borthwick (formerly Tate, Artes Mundi).

Farmer McPhallus

Wilder Mann Wild Man Costume Spike Dennis
Farmer McPhallus is a Wild Man, no one really knows where he originates from but it is believed that he first appeared following a total lunar eclipse at 00:50am on the 19 October 2013. Various sightings of him were recorded but it wasn’t until almost twelve months after his first appearance that he was spotted riding a unicorn.

It is believed that McPhallus maintains a mysterious and magical unicorn farm in the north. Contrary to the popular contemporary beliefs that unicorns are the pink and fluffy fodder of young girls, McPhallus keeps this magical livestock in order to harness their phallic power

S.O.U.L. Campaign

SOUL


My SOUL Campaign video is a short film (1 Min 3 Sec) aimed at encouraging viewers to help save the Unicorn. After all when we stop believing where will the unicorns go?

Unicorns depend upon our imagination. This is where they hunt and raise their young. But our collective imagination is diminishing and we need to protect them and their magical habitat.

The video features a unicorn glove puppet that I’d previously created which has been transported onto a backdrop of the northern lights and starry skies.

Viewers will be presented with a call to action asking for their help in saving the unicorn in return for which they will receive an official certificate of adoption.

Rambo

Rambo

Fallen Stars

Fallen-2


Gouache, enamel paint, Indian ink and cotton thread on wood. 2014.

Unicorn Dating #1

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This is the first in my latest series of embroideries entitled ‘Unicorn Dating’.

The unicorn is an age old symbol of masculinity and fertility and medieval tales of the unicorn tells us that the creature can only be captured by luring it out with a young virgin.

With that in mind I posted an advert in the ‘Personals’ section of Craigslist on behalf of an imaginary sixteen year old girl in the hope of ensnaring a unicorn for myself. I didn’t find a unicorn but instead I received numerous responses from some other horny beasts which I proceeded to turn into cross stitched samplers.

Having received in excess of fifty responses in the first six hours of having posted the advert this project is ongoing.

You can view more of this work and read more about the project on my portfolio website at www.spikedennis.com

The Christmas Unicorn Glove Puppet

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keywords: unicorn, puppet, puppetry, puppets, glove, LED, lights

Embroidered Unicorn Jumping Jack Puppet

Jumping Jack Embroidered Unicorn Puppet


This was a little experiment with fabric, thread and wire. I created the body parts in a manner akin to the way in which one might go about creating stump work embroidery. The fabric is sewn onto a wire frame which keeps it taught and allows for the patterns to be embroidered on top.

I took my inspiration for the patterns from old folk toys and at the back is a very simple jumping jack mechanism.

Conversations with Unicorns

Conversations


Conversations with Unicorns is a short film inspired by Peter Carey’s short story of the same name.Whilst the film follows a narrative arc my video’s presentation is somewhat abstract in it’s presentation having drawn inspiration from experimental film makers like Stan Brakhage and directors such as David Lynch.

The film deals with themes relating to death and resurrection – concepts with which the unicorn has long been symbolically associated. I have drawn upon a range of symbolism to reinforce these themes as has been seen in art throughout the ages to create an allegorical film. This includes swans who are often associated with the goddess of death and have been said to act as ‘psychopomps’ – accompanying the souls of the dead to the far northern otherworld. Likewise squirrels were once said to be the ferrymen of dead souls, packing the souls of the dead into the shells of nuts and ferrying them across the River Styx as can be seen in this illustration from a medieval manuscript.

The unicorn is a lunar creature and is represented by the moon whilst the rainbow represents the triple goddess in her death aspect. In Greek mythology Iris was not only a messenger of the gods but also the goddess of the rainbow – a bridge across which she would lead souls from the land of the living to the worlds of the dead.

– “On the island of immortality called “Calypso” the iris was found in the meadows… as a death flower“

The video is designed to be presented on a continuous loop reflecting the cyclical nature of the themes of rebirth and resurrection that it covers.

Runtime: 5 minutes 46 seconds

Unicorn with a Hobby Horse

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This drawing of a a unicorn with a hobby horse was created with gouache and Indian ink on paper.

The hobby horse is inspired by the unicorn as was described by the Greek philosopher Ctesias; who told that ‘among the kingdoms of India there were very swift wild asses with white coats, purple heads, blue eyes, and in the middle of their foreheads a pointed horn whose base was white, whose tip was red, and whose middle was black’.

keywords: unicorn, purple, hobby horse, painting, drawing, borges