What He Does: Bear Wilder has always been a cornerstone of the Houston gothic community as a DJ, VJ, club promoter (R.I.P. Bone Church, you are sorely missed), model, filmmaker, and zine publisher. Now he's revealing yet another talent through his latest endeavor, Jewelry by Oso.
Bear's work is straight up spooky, without the kitsch of a lot of the other local gothic jewelry artist. His pieces all have a dull mechanic sheen combined with a sharpness to thee images that makes them look as if they walked right out of a Bauhaus album insert. Skulls, cruciforms, bats, anatomical hearts, and skeletal feet all make up recurring motifs in his line.
My favorite is a strangely detailed crucifix necklace upon which is hung a disturbingly featureless man. On one of the arms of the cross rests a giant demonic bat. That right there should be the Numbers Members Only sigil.
Why He Likes It: "I like the fact that the creative possibilities are endless and it's another way to express myself!"
What Inspires Him: Wilder is well known for his encyclopedic knowledge of dark cinema, especially the films of David Lynch. Much of his pieces have the knife-like approach Lynch is known for in his shots, but some allow for the playfulness of Tim Burton as well. If you can call a cat with a witch's head grafted onto it playful, that is.
You can almost hear musical influences as well when you look through his website. Minor Threat and Pink Floyd loom large in the conception of the art, but you'll have to be a pretty deep study to catches traces of Fad Gadget in the inspiration. More than anything, though, Wilder is inspired by his father and son, as well as the memories of his late mother and brother, Wolfe.
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If Not This, Then What: When not crafting Wilder is VJ R-M8E (Pronounced, "Arrgh, Matey). His shows mix songs as well as video together in order to craft completely multimedia experiences. So if you're looking for someone to liven up you party rather than just a stunning accessory, Wilder can still hook you up.
What's Next: "Let me get in my Time Machine 1313 and go check it out... OK, I'm back from the future. It seems that I'm doing pretty well for myself and working along side with Alexander McQueen after science found away to bring him back from the dead. Yeah... I'd say my future looks pretty awesome! Other than that expect to see a lot more very disturbing, experimental, surreal, cinematic, and dark pieces in the very near future!"
More Creatives for 2012 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Antoine Plante, conductor Chuy Benitez, photographer and arts organizer Robin Kachantones, illustrator Libbie J. Masterson, artist, curator and creator Leighza Walker, theater owner, actress, writer, theatrical everywoman Macy Perrone, costume designer Elsa Briggs, Painter, jewelry maker Baldemar Rodriguez, film director/producer and actor Linarejos Moreno, photographer Heather Rainwater, artist, jewelry maker Detria Ward, actress and entrepreneur Justin Cronin, book author Mark Ivy, actor Lauren Luna, painter and shoe designer Sarah Cortez, writer Kent Dorn, drawer, painter, artist Lillian Warren, painter Carl Lindahl, folklorist, UH professor Sutapa Ghosh, film producer and Indian Film Festival of Houston organizer Tom Stell, actor, writer, director Gregory Oaks, teacher and Poison Pen co-founder Oliver Halkowich, dancer and performer Lupe Mendez, poet and poem pusher Jason Nodler, artistic director, playwright, director Ana Treviño-Godfrey, musician Matthew Detrick, classical musician Travis Ammons, filmmaker Florence Garvey, actress Julia Gabriel, artist, designer and backpack maker Rebecca French, choreographer and FrenetiCore co-founder Kiki Neumann, found object folk artist Flynn Prejean, Poster Artist JoDee Engle, dancer David Rainey, actor, artistic director and teacher Geoff Hippenstiel, painter, art instructor Jessica Janes, actress and musician Dennis Draper, actor and director Mat Johnson, novelist and tweeter Orna Feinstein, printmaker and installation artist Adriana Soto, jewelry designer Domokos Benczédi, Noise and Collage Artist Robert Boswell, Book Author, UH Prof Patrick Turk, visual artist Elizabeth Keel, playwright Bob Martin, designer Mary Lampe, short film promoter and developer Nisha Gosar, Indian classical dancer Jeremy Wells, painter George Brock, theater teacher Radu Runcanu, painter Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker Philip Hayes, actor Patrick Palmer, painter Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer John Tyson, actor Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music Laura Burlton, photographer David Peck, fashion designer Rebecca Udden, theater director Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer Paul Fredric, author John Sparagana, photographer Damon Smith, musician and visual artist Geoff Winningham, photographer Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor Katya Horner, photographer Johnathan Felton, artist Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer Carol Simmons, hair stylist Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet Greg Carter, director Kenn McLaughlin, theater director Justin Whitney, musician Antone Pham, tattoo artist Susie Silbert, crafts Lauralee Capelo, hair designer Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director J.J. Johnston, theater director Mary Margaret Hansen, artist Richard Tallent, photographer Viswa Subbaraman, opera director Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist Sonja Roesch, gallery owner Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor Sandy Ewen, musician Camella Clements, puppeteer Wade Wilson, gallery owner Magid Salmi, photographer Carl Williams, playwright