Saturday, June 21, 2014

the Secret Word is Tentacle!!!: An Unexpected Trip to the Stunning Home of Adam Wallacavage!!!!

{I CANNOT!!!!}

Somewhere between Alice in Wonderland...Pee Wee's PlayHouse and the Addams family lies the insanely mind-blowingly stunning house of the artist Adam Wallacavage!!!! 

My friend Gooby asked me "Do you want to go to Adam's with me Friday?!?!" And i thought ADAM Adam?!?!? and once he confirmed i JUMPED at the opportunity only to find out Jessica and Jared Joslin would be there too...Consider me DEAD!!!

{Needless to say i jumped at the opportunity!!!}

i was trying to play it cool as Gooby and I walked up to his house but my excitement was palpable!!! this was a house i had seen many photos of and have literally DREAMED of being inside and here i was on the threshold and i couldn't believe it!!!

Adam Greeted us with a warm smile and welcomed us in....

I really had NO IDEA what i was in store for...NO IDEA....

The house itself is GORGEOUS!!!! beautifully redone and restored....mostly by Adam and his friends.....amazingly detailed additions and fun surprises and moulding and chandeliers  and art EVERYWHERE!!!! A cavalcade and who's who of underground, outsider and pop surrealist art!!!! PLUS beautiful and copious amounts of Kitsch, taxidermy and beautiful creeps!!!!

This tiny downstairs bathroom seemed to stretch FOREVER and was covered in vintage plastic halloween masks!!!! i spent WAY too long in here!!!

I literally drooled over this original Camille Rose Garcia painting!! Who DOESNT love an octopus with a top hat!!! I MEAN....

Adam's beautiful chandeliers and lamps were abundant in every room!!! {as they SHOULD be!!!}

A familiar chair!!!!! Though mine isn't covered in taxidermy...YET....

Another view of the Camille!!!!

A Ray Ceaser


THIS i had to hug!!! Especially because i couldn't hug the one i saw in Camilles exhibit a few years ago!!!!

...Here there be DRAGONS!!!!

the "Jules Verne" room is one of the most photographed and most seen and from these few photos its very obvious WHY!!! Every detail is so caringly thought out and the color and patter just envelopes you....

a glowing open faced cabinet in the kitchen houses colorful kitsch 

another LARGE Ray Ceaser!!!

the Opium Room with its gorgeous Chineese Puzzle bed!!!!

Some beautifully creepy moments in the third floor studio hallway

Adams studio at night.....a shadowy view as not to reveal ALL the magic!!! but it was a pleasure to get to see his process and works in different states of completion....Always so interesting to see an artists process!!! THIS was such a privelege to get to see!!!! 

Siouxsie greeted us upon entering the studio and also lords over the kitchen!!!

the view downstairs...

the horned one

a simple chair...

another main room view...

beautiful moldings handmade and finished and installed by Adam himself!!!

this door has more artists on it than an issue of "Juztapoz'!!!!!!

Couldnr resist a Jules Verne Selfie!!!!!

you KNOW i was entranced by this light up moment on Adams back yard porch!!!

you KNOW i love a Humpty Dumpty!!!

THIS guy was a pleasant surprise!!!!!?!?!?

Seriously....More than was so amazing to spend some time with some truly inspirational artists...just hanging out...talking about ideas...and even just laughing and being silly!!! Adam is not ONLY a talented artist and artisan BUT he is also a sweet , funny and soft spoken man!!! He welcomed us into his home...showed us around and entertained us...a true host!!!! The Joslin's were equally amazing!!!! a]And it was a pleasure to also get to meet two other artists who I admire greatly and were also just wonderfully friendly and fun people!!!! AND i got to meet Gooby's AMAZING sister!!! it was a full day!!!! AND a magical day!!!!! My head is STILL reeling!!!!!

So thank you Adam for your art and for welcoming me into your home!!!! And THANK YOU GOOBY!!! Without whom none of this would be possible!!! You really DO know EVERYONE!!!!!

i will never forget this first experience of  getting to visit Adams home!!!! it was a dream come TRUE!!!!