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Gruss vom Krampus!
December 5, 2013, 5:24 PM
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l. Mr. Krampus r. O Tannenbaum Photo (and Krampus)  by Jeff Schreckengost

l. Mr. Krampus r. O Tannenbaum
Photos (and Krampus) by Jeff Schreckengost

For the last Unblurred of the year, Studio 5013 features Gruss vom Krampus: a Krampusnacht mixed-media diorama starring the Bad One himself. Created by the curators of Studio 5013. Through December 31.

For those unfamiliar with the Krampus legend: He’s Santa’s evil sidekick, a Satyr-like creature appearing in Alpine lore as a way to scare bad children into goodness. There are Krampusnacht celebrations on December 6-eve with people dressed in the most amazing/terrifying costumes made of goat fur and giant horns (this Atlantic article has some great photos). Jeff constructed our Krampus from studio scraps: chenille craft fur, wooden dowel rods, Plasti-Dip, dental molds, paint trays (flipped over for the eyes), a crooked old tree branch for a staff, and a deer skull. Happy Holidays!


OZMA Instruments
April 5, 2013, 5:08 AM
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OZMA Instruments by Jeff Schreckengost.

OZMA Instruments by Jeff Schreckengost.

Studio 5013 features OZMA Instruments: Guitars made of found and reclaimed materials by my one and only, Jeffrey Schreckengost. For April’s GA/GI Festival installation, Jeffrey recreates his workshop and gives us a glimpse of new OZMA creations. More OZMA magic. Through April 30th.

Imaginary Bands
May 20, 2011, 7:13 AM
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Revolving Doors

The hours that Jeff and I spent on road trips making up fake band names were put to good use when Jeff created  fake album covers for the movie The Perks of Being  a Wallflower. Special thanks to the people on Jeff’s Facebook page who came up with some of these names (honorable mention for “Bat Poone,” which I’d still like to see as an album cover).



The Gaze

Hot Lunch


Wet Spots


Wooden Rainbow: Ozma Instruments
April 1, 2011, 7:05 AM
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Inspired by ’70s A.M. radio hits, Wooden Rainbow is by luthier Jeff Schreckengost, who spent this past winter salvaging trash scraps and flea market treasures to craft into functional pieces of art for April’s GA/GI Festival. Krampus carved pewter buttons, a 1960s bamboo souvenir tray and a polyester bird-print disco shirt are just some of the things you’ll recognize (or not) in this latest series from Ozma Instruments. Electronics by Paul Cunningham. Also featuring effects pedals by Dave Kuzy.




Five O’Clock
December 15, 2010, 7:01 AM
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larimer street

The early darkness makes me sleepy, the pending holidays worn out. I don’t want to take photos. But last week I came home and found Jeff painting in the studio. I didn’t even take off my coat, I grabbed the camera and started shooting. Next week is officially winter and slowly the light will crawl back to us by five o’clock. I will take more pictures this winter, forcing me to find tableaux in the every day.

painting over a painting


From the Virtual Bookshelf


i love blogs!


Recommended end-of-summer Internet exploring:

Crumbling Spires

The online photo diary of my friend Eric, an ode to Pittsburgh through virtual postcards of forgotten pockets of the city. Back in the early ’90s, Eric and I used to work together at Cash Market, which could be a few blog entries of their own (a photo essay of CM would be pretty awesome. Eric?)

Deep, Dark South

A journal by a talented young writer who is a “questioner of tradition.” She collects beautiful photos of women in menswear and posts them along with her short fiction. We ‘met’ via blogging, and she’s a great writer — her voice, strong and wise beyond her years.

The Vintage Traveler

I love Lizzie’s blog full of vintage travel and fashion history. Reading her posts is like walking with her through the most amazing fleatique. 

Trundle Manor

Why haven’t we been here yet? This is totally what Jeff and I want our house to look like when we finally buy one. Our friend Laura told us about this ‘house of oddities’ in Swissvale – a giant, creepy cabinet of curiosities packed with taxidermy, pickled animals in jars, skulls, a big old stuffed bear (I’m doing happy dance here). They’re even mentioned on Roadside America (jealous). Take a peek inside

Cabinet of Curiosities

Speaking of strangeness, check out Jeff’s artwork and instruments. He’s been super busy all summer, collecting trash and wood scraps and building more guitars. 

for the deep, dark south

Art Rock Outtakes

So excited to see that Jeff’s guitar work is featured in this week’s Pittsburgh City Paper Music Guide. Read the article here. Here are some outtakes from the photo shoot in our tiny dining room:

Jeff with his guitar babies


guitar face


More beautiful guitars here.

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