A Nervous Harbour

Watery Gravebeasts in “A Nervous Harbour”

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khor_s_waterygravebeastdioramabox2Shing Yin Khor keeps pushing herself and thus making amazing displays for her beastly creations. For “A Nervous Harbour“, Shing  has even more shadow boxes filled with the replica natural habitats of her ill-fated wonderous creatures.

This time around, we have the “Watery Gravebeast“! Stranger Factory gets two specimens surrounded by their natural and colorful coral, and these expression filled, tentacle wrapped gill breathers look quite comfy in their new home. Complete with a vintage taxonomy tag straight out of a 1950’s Bio class, Shing creates a perfect faux study of amazing animals.
Shing Yin Khor’s “A Nervous Harbour” opens September 6th at Stranger Factory Gallery. Shing will be present to talk about all her creations and their fun lives.


Shing Yin Khor’s Fabulous Boxes

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khor_s_kelpyfrilledfattybugboxShing Yin Khor is most definitely living up to her pseudonym “Sawdust Bear” with her show “A Nervous Harbour” at Stranger Factory this September. Straight out of zoology class, Shing has cut, constructed, and stained several shadow boxes for diorama displays containing her lovable and yet sometimes grumpy creatures and bugs.

Shing takes her post-mortem creatures back to their natural settings with her fabulous displays. You might find a “Kelpy Frilled Fattybug” nestled among its natural kelp and driftwood (above) or a snailbit in a coral study (below).

Shing also takes her work a step further down the museum path with a shadow box detailing the life cycle of the kelpy frilled fattybug. Three stages of cute and wonder, but are these polyp, ephyra, and medua stages? If you are as curious as we are on her creations, you can ask Shing herself at the opening September 6th, because she will be on hand to talk all about her delightful sculptures.

Clown Jellies spotted in “A Nervous Harbour”

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helmetedclownjelly_detailClown Jellies have been spotted at Shing Yin Khor’s  “A Nervous Harbour” . Shing has done what many oceanographers have only attempted, she has cataloged the infamous Clown Jelly for her show at Stranger Factory.

As she explains –

“Clown Jellies are invertebrates that are only visible in the water that is between 24 to 25 meters deep, no more, no less. If seen, Clown Jellies are easily distinguished by their vibrant colour. While colour wavelengths are absorbed by water, leaving much of the ocean a dullish blue tint to the human eye, Clown Jellies will always appear brightly coloured to divers, even if that is theoretically a scientific impossibility.”

Early reports say Shing has a couple different species of Clown Jelly specimens ready for the public, but right now only one has been spotted.

Above, we have one of the infamous Helmeted Clown Jellies. To keep the species true to form, Shing has created wood boxes with articles from the sea to simulate their home environment, but she also lets them stand alone in all their glory. Now, the Helmeted Clown Jellies are easily distinguishable from similar species by the helmet-like structure atop of their heads that sort of resembles a cap worn by the famous Steve Zissou crew members. We will have to find out from Shing’s research what this added structure means to the jellies, but we do know it adds a wonderous array of colors to this wonderful creature.
khor_s_helmetedclownjelly21You will find Shing’s Clown Jellies at “A Nervous Harbour” from September 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Shing will be present, and wishing Brad was there so she can crack new jokes.

Shing Yin Khor’s tiny paintings for “A Nervous Harbour”

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khor_s_scaleybugfig1Just like some of her bugs, Shing Yin Khor (Sawdust Bear) is going tiny for her exhibit “A Nervous Harbour” at Stranger Factory this September.

Shing transforms her amazing little creatures from a mounted study to a rendering Darwin himself would have cataloged if he had found these wayward beasts. With these 3″x3″ paintings, Shing has created the perfect accompaniment to her sculptures in size and cuteness. They will all come framed with an estimated price of $55-65, but we can tell you, these won’t last long because biologists love their animal studies.

What kind of painting do you need in your Sawdust Bear collection, a Clown Jelly or a Scaleybug?

“A Nervous Harbour” runs September 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6th from 6 – 9 PM. Shing will be present, most likely right next to the reception doughnuts.

Shing Yin Khor sets sail for “A Nervous Harbour”

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shingprogress4One of Circus Posterus’ newest artists Shing Yin Khor, aka Sawdust Bear is hard at work for her solo show “A Nervous Harbour” at Stranger Factory.


Shing isn’t holding back at all with her show in the gallery’s Project Room because she is putting more dead things in more boxes than we have ever seen before. Of course, we all know these are not real dead things but they are real boxes she made herself. Her workbench is overflowing with pieces and parts all around, amazingly sculpted otherworld specimens waiting for their displays, driftwood longing for Albuquerque sun, and even a drill for headaches after long hours. Hurry up Shing, and quit slacking.

“A Nervous Harbour” runs September 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6th from 6 – 9 PM.