The House of Stuff • Wilkins-O'Riley Zinn


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A glimpse into the Collectory mind and stuff of Wilkins-O'Riley Zinn, proprietor of Dr. Z's House of Fun, The House of Stuff, and The Amuseum of Un-Natural History, all at Happy Rabbits Farm.

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The House of Stuff • Wilkins-O'Riley Zinn

  1. 1. The House of Stuff<br />
  2. 2. A presentation fromDr. Z’s House of FunWilkins-O’RileyZinn<br />Ah, good taste!What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.<br />• Pablo Picasso<br />
  3. 3. It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.• Learned hand<br />It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I’m putting things into place, the slow kaleidoscopic falling of this-here-that-there that follows every move. I cannot NOT live like this and I like the stuff and love handling it even though having no staging area where I can look at all of it is difficult. I work the puzzle even as I stand in the midst of it. I say to Jim that this is a distillation—it’s been an installation, dismantled, given away, packed, stored—and now—less is still more than most people have, but it’s less than I want. Ah, to own a museum and live in the middle of it—The House of Stuff!<br />• W-OZ journal, November 24, 2006<br />
  4. 4. My<br />first<br />alligator<br />
  5. 5. Welcome home<br />Is it weird in here, or is it just me?<br />• Stephen Wright<br />
  6. 6. Making Home<br />My familiars are falling into place and their craft works on me.<br />They satisfy, delight, comfort, entrance.<br />They feel like home.<br />• W-OZ diary, December 20, 2006<br />
  7. 7. It’s an odd world.• Timothy Spall<br />
  8. 8. ROBOTS<br />and totem poles<br />
  9. 9. And more robots.<br />And globes.<br />And mannequins.<br />And suitcases.<br />And old radios.<br />
  10. 10. Colored lights and mannequins<br />If given a choice, I’ll buy a mannequin instead of shoes.<br />
  11. 11. And hundreds of masks!<br />A<br />I like it<br />Because<br />it’s ugly.<br />• William S.<br />Burroughs<br />
  12. 12. A colleague sees<br />my RoboJoe Robot<br />and says that it<br />looks just like his<br />most favorite<br />Christmas present<br />ever when he was<br />about five years<br />old.<br />Stuff evokes <br />memories. I call<br />my things<br />evocateurs.<br />
  13. 13. There Are Stories In the stuff<br />
  14. 14. The Lady on the Coke Machine<br />Ask me about how I traded a James Bond game for a working Coca Cola machine.<br />Lesson: Don’t be drunk and obnoxious at someone’s party.<br />You might be sorry!<br />
  15. 15. The Church pew<br />We bought a van because of this. . .<br />
  16. 16. The more a thing is filed away, the more totally useless it is. A sweet disorder in the desk at least ensures that the whole thing is ploughed through often enough for useful things to come to the surface.<br />• Katherine Whitehorn<br />
  17. 17. You can’t get a bookcase in this country for love or money. They’ve filled them with all their hideous knick-knacks and they’re NOT LETTING GO!<br />•Lucy Ellmann about England<br />
  18. 18. I can’t find anything normal here.• Exchange student/visitor, 2007<br />The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well. • Joe Ancis<br />
  19. 19. There’s no harm in being a little eccentric.• Amanda Peet, Martian Child<br />
  20. 20. I tell people one of the more fascinating places I’ve ever been in my life is my daughter’s bathroom.<br />• My mother, July 12, 2006<br />
  21. 21. The old lady<br />She’s always the first picture hung.<br />
  22. 22. I’ve always loved<br />school ephemera.<br />I used to make my brothers and sisters<br />take weekly spelling tests.<br />
  23. 23. I know you are, but what am I?<br />I like the decorum.<br />• Tricker or treater about The House of Stuff, Halloween, 1997<br />
  24. 24. You can be better dressed when you own a lot of stuff.<br />• Helen Gurley Brown<br />
  25. 25. If there is anythingI hate, It is collecting.• William James<br />Oh, William. You’d change your mind if you could visit The Amuseum of Un-Natural History, The Oddservatory, and The Endearium, all to be found at The House of Stuff.<br />
  26. 26. We Are shaped and fashioned by what we love.• johan wolfgang von Goethe<br />You’ve done a nice job decorating the White House.<br />• Jessica Simpson to the Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, during a tour of the White House<br />
  27. 27. It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shellsthan to be born a millionaire.• Robert Louis Stevenson<br />
  28. 28. It’s kind of handy to have a family you can call and ask if they have a milk bottle and a milkman’s hat—and they do!<br />• Josh Zinn, May 26, 2007<br />
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  30. 30. I think we’re all pretty odd.• Michael Tippett<br />
  31. 31. Th-th-th-that’s<br />all, folks, from<br />Happy Rabbits<br />Farm, home of The House of Stuff!<br />