100 Creatives: Bear Wilder, Filmmaker, Jewelry Artist, DJ, VJ

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Photo by Ron Davis
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.

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

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