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Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2014
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An insanely delightful how-to guide on becoming a mentally ill, cheerily obsessive eccentric hoarder told with lunatic humor and absolute joy. Viktor Wynd is a sick orchid who seems like the perfect man to me. --John Waters-Film Director, May 2014
...a voyage into 'Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders' presents a dreamy, Gothic melange of curiosities and taxidermy...I like Wynd's claim that clutter is creative. --Philip Hoare, Books of The Year, New Statesman, 14th November 2014
This splendid volume, with superb photographs by Oskar Proctor, should be on every coffee table. --The World of Interiors, March 2015
About the Author
Viktor Wynd, the Chancellor of the Last Tuesday Society, is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of installation and relational aesthetics. The creator of elaborate tableaux that can involve thousands of participants, he is known for his masked balls and dance parties during which anything, and everything, can happen. He lives in London and Norfolk. Oskar Proctor is a London-based photographer specialising in interiors and still lifes. Theatre of Dolls, is the creative partnership of visual artists Frida Alvinzi and Raisa Veikkola. In addition to their work as illustrators, they also create and perform sculptural art installations using puppetry and visual storytelling.
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Photos from the collections of unnamed enthusiasts and famous collectors like Errol Fuller are a rare glimpse into their mindset too. You suspect Errol and Viktor could not be more different in all respects but one. And a little time is given to appreciating the objects for more than just their first impression of weirdness. A dodo bone is no visual feast or imposing monolith, but owning it represents something so wonderful to a collector it is hard to put it into words.
Viktor believes there is art in displaying such objects, and he is right (If I see another Roman bust with a collection of hats on its head I will vomit a Dali). There should be subtle humour and context, as this book shows. Some 'found' objects only work in that way. But the heart of such a collection also lies in the collector knowing and appreciating the intrinsically special wonders within it (Viktor clearly does). Don't ask others to understand - they have to get there on their own. It's a cliche, but the collector is just the rotting thread by which these pearls are strung. Our displays are ephemeral and egotistical, the best things in a collection are precious to us precisely because we know their unique story, with far longer pasts and futures than our own. The collector basks in all that reflected glory, so buy the book and make Robert Wyndam Bucknell happy.
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