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THE SHRINES OF ZANZIBAR

Interior and assemblage sculpture of late American artist Steven Arnold's Zanzibar Studio.

Interior and assemblage sculpture of late American artist Steven Arnold’s Zanzibar Studio.

An excellent example of the intricate shrine scenes that Steven Arnold created in every corner of his Los Angeles studio, Zanzibar.  This particular image highlights not only Steven’s flare for interior design, but his talent for assembling found and inexpensive items into large, elaborate assemblage sculpture.

BULLETPROOF PIETA

BULLETPROOF PIETA A tableau vivant by late American artist Steven Arnold.

BULLETPROOF PIETA
A tableau vivant by late American artist Steven Arnold.

  

DISPLAY

DISPLAY.  A tableau vivant by American artist Steven Arnold.

“[This is] the reinvention of art in America, free of the vices of ambition – insist on yourself.”

STEVEN ARNOLD

GESTATION

GESTATION.  A tableau vivant by Steven Arnold.

GESTATION. A tableau vivant by Steven Arnold.

“I want images to be complicated, not smart, designy little things.  I’m bringing back density – pieces that take time to look at.”

STEVEN ARNOLD

BEFORE THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

American Artist Steven Arnold clearly antic...pating Rocky Horror Picture Show's Frank N. Furter, years before the character made his debut.

American Artist Steven Arnold clearly antic…pating Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Frank N. Furter.

Ever the trendsetter: Steven Arnold in the early 1970s, years before The Rocky Horror Picture Show made it’s debut.  This image was widely distributed, and may have helped to inspire Rocky Horror’s gender-bending antihero, Frank N. Furter.  Styled by Nikki Nichols.

ANGIE BOWIE

Robert Musselman and Angie Bowie photographed by Steven Arnold.

Robert Musselman and Angie Bowie photographed by Steven Arnold.

“The photo here is of [myself and] my girlfriend at that time (1984), the vivacious Angie Bowie. To be photographed by Steven was an event of extravagant surrealism and high art. His studio was decorated in way that transported you into another world entirely, and you didn’t ever want to leave. Steven was such a sweet and gentle soul, and he was a joy to create with. I miss him so very much, but I’m thankful to have been able to collaborate with him – it was heavenly.”   – Robert Musselman

INVITATION TO YIN YANG

FUTURESCAPE

Great, extended use of the brain.
Powers we can only sense now, will manifest
and bring a magnificent age of clarity.
The merging of the sexes becomes a force-field of creativity.
Utopian satellite planets
Food and energy for everyone.
An age of humanism more passionate and conscious than we can fathom,
If we wake up and listen to the universe.

STEVEN ARNOLD

 
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