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Alex CF: London Old Operating Theatre solo show and Lovecraft action figure

by Suzanne on August 5th, 2012

Very special Wurzeltod® friend Alex CF is back from touring with his countless bands and being an incredibly possessed tentacled mastermind unstoppable creative force, he has some fantastic things lined up for you.

First up is the joyous announcement of his 2nd London solo show which will be opening this Thursday, August 9, 6.30 PM (RSVP HERE!), at the best location I could possibly imagine for his creatures, namely the veritable Old Operating Theatre located in the time capsule roof space of the Baroque St. Thomas’ Church. It’s one of the oldest surviving operating theatres on earth and to have it filled with Alex‘s cryptozoological specimens is an absolute curatorial masterstroke.

So if you’re in London in August, I’d say FUCK THE OLYMPICS! and go climb the beautiful old spiral staircase to the Old Operating Theatre to be enchanted by Alex‘s phantasmagorical chimerae.

You can find all the details for the show below. Tell your friends about it.


Fetal skeleton by Alex CF, 2012

In other news that would make the Elder Gods jealous, Alex has just released an entirely hand-cast, hand-painted action figure of the dark lord, Monsieur H. P., himself.

Limited to 50 figures only, Lovecraft comes with a comic, a shirt and a screen print, all created by Alex, in a black magnetic sealed box.

You can see all the details here (where you can also see images of the figures in production). To order directly, please click here.


H. P. Lovecraft action figure set by Alex CF, 2012

Opening: Aug 9, 2012, 6.30 PM, RSVP HERE!

On show: Aug 10 – Sep 1, 2012

Address: Old Operating Theatre, 9a St. Thomas’s St, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom | Map & Directions

Hours: 10.30 AM – 5 PM daily

Admission: £6 adults, £3.50 children (all proceeds go to the Old Operating Theatre)

Listing | Flyer | Facebook event

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Berlinde De Bruyckere in Melbourne and Istanbul

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2012


019 by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2007, wax, epoxy, metal, glass, wood, blankets, 293.5 x 517 x 77.5 cm, Collection Claude Berri © Andri Stadler- click to enlarge

I’ve often raved about Berlinde‘s art on here - in fact, her work even invades my everyday life as arty backdrop - so I’ll spare you the superlatives but instead just want to make you aware that if you’re Melbourne-based, you now have less than a week left to catch her fascinating We Are All Flesh show at the ACCA.

In case you were wondering: Yes, Berlinde did have a show with the same title three years ago at Hauser & Wirth in London but it seems that different and lots of newly commissioned works are on display in Melbourne.

If you’re not yet familiar with her work, the 15-minute interview below offers a great introduction into her vision, process and technique but of course will neither replace the olfactory, visceral and epidermic qualities of the wax, skin, hair and fabrics she uses for her sculptures, nor explain the necrophiliac alchemistic ways in which she can turn branches into limbs, tree trunks into fresh corpses by masterfully applying an organic colour palette (pinks for skin, off-white for adipose tissue, greys/greens/blues for the circulatory system) onto wax with which she can control, halt and synthesise transformation, decay, death.

If you’re not in Australia but in.. who knows.. Turkey, you can also catch her Wound show at the ARTER Space for Art in Istanbul until August 26 where she has inspired Vincent Dunoyer to dance Bruyckeresque choreographies in the exhibition space surrounded by her sculptures.

Details for the Istanbul show can be found here. The information below is for the ACCA exhibition.

On show: Jun 2 – Jul 29, 2012

Address: ACCA, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia, tel: +61 3 9697 9999, email: info@accaonline.org.au | Map

Hours: Tue – Fri: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sat – Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM, Mon: By appointment

Admission: FREE

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20 Most Popular Posts on Wurzeltod in 2011

by Suzanne on December 26th, 2011

To wrap up 2k11 on the Wurzelblog, I decided to post the 20 articles you guys liked best – according to likes, shares and reactions – and I must say, you’ve got a rather amazing and futureproof taste in the arts, people.

Many thanks for taking the time to submit stories, comment and interact in the past year(s).

(In order of popularity and ordered into rather random categories. Click on images to read stories.)

JAPANOPHILIA

ART FEATURES & REVIEWS

HISTORY & SCIENCE

INTERNA

Les Deux Garçons at Jaski Gallery, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on November 19th, 2011


L’Éphémère tangible by Les Deux Garçons, taxidermy, mixed media, 2011, 116 x 85 x 30 cm – click to enlarge

We’re staying in Taxidermistan for yet another blog post. This time, we’re revisiting the Dutch taxidermy artists Les Deux Garçons who I featured waaaaay back in the olden days in both the Porcellana Nervosa and Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis threads because they are so damn awesome.

And well, the two brothers have been busy since then and are currently showing brand new works at Jaski Gallery in Amsterdam. From what I understand, only the first 10 pieces of this preview will be on display (actually, I reckon it’s probably everything that’s dated with 2011) but I’m convinced you won’t be disappointed if you enjoy the sickly sweet branch of taxidermy art.

Oh, and if you happen to have the… errrm… modest amount of €12,500 in your wallet, you can even purchase the title piece of this exhibition: L’Éphémère Tangible (see top image).

On show until November 27. All details below.


L’Étonnement by Les Deux Garçons, taxidermy, mixed media, 2010, 50 x 50 x 40 cm – click to enlarge

On show: Nov 12 – 27, 2011

Address: Jaski, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 29, 1017 DB Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel: 020-6203939, email: info@jaski.nl

Hours: Mon – Sun: 12 – 6 PM

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Margaretha Dubach’s Mice Museum at Naturhistorisches Museum, Bern

by Suzanne on November 18th, 2011


Peek into a scene of Margaretha Dubach‘s Mice Museum, photo by Andi Teuscher – click to enlarge

I’m not sure how many of you remember my appeal to save the beloved Mice Museum that I posted back in March this year.

Well, good news is it’s been saved. And that means all of Margaretha Dubach‘s original 22 display cabinets with taxidermied and skeletal mice telling the story of Otto Maus – who happens to be Hieronymouse‘s cousin – and the phantasmagoria and nightmares he encounters after being chased away for stealing pudding.


Peek into a scene of Margaretha Dubach‘s Mice Museum, photo by Christian D. Link – click to enlarge

The mice are now in the capable paws of Christian D. Link and the little furry friends are currently on show at Naturhistorisches Museum in Bern, Switzerland, where they will remain on display until January 2012 – I will try to drop by with Hieronymouse himself early next year. He does miss his Emmentaler. And his family.

Details below. For a little video overview (in German) of the original Mice Museum click here.


Peek into a scene of Margaretha Dubach‘s Mice Museum, photo by Franz Rindlisbacher – click to enlarge

On show: Nov 9, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012

Address: Naturhistorisches Museum, Bernastrasse 15, CH-3005 Bern, Switzerland, email: contact@nmbe.ch, tel. +41 31 350 71 11 | Map

Hours: Mon: 2 – 5 PM, Tue – Fri: 9 AM – 5 PM, Sat – Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM

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“Memories of the Future – The Olbricht Collection” at Maison Rouge, Paris

by Suzanne on November 4th, 2011


Sex I by Jake and Dinos Chapman, 2003, painted bronze, 246 x 244 x 125 cm, courtesy Olbricht Collection, see my detail of the sculpture here – click to enlarge

There’s those types of collectors who simply got it all: The Dürer, Schongauer and Goya engravings, the Chapman Bros and Berlinde de Bruyckere sculptures, the cabinet de curiosités, basically, the most drool-worthy art from the 16th century to dato.

Such a person is Thomas Olbricht – a medical doctor and totally compulsive art collector from Essen.

His modern art segment alone includes artists such as Glenn Brown, Maurizio Cattelan, Mat Collishaw, John Currin, Nathalie Djurberg, Marlène Dumas, Katharina Fritsch, Julie Heffernan, Ron Mueck, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Patricia Piccinini, Pierre et Gilles, Floria Sigismondi, Kiki Smith and Sam Taylor-Wood.

But yeah, you guessed it, I could go on forever and ever. DAYUM.

Anyways, for the first time ever, a fantastic chunk of some 150 works of his collection is traveling to France to go on show at the phenomenal Maison Rouge in Paris that I reported about back in March when they had the tasty Tous Cannibales exhibition there.

Olbricht’s Memories of the Future opened in late October and will remain on show until mid-January of 2012. All details below.


Elements from the Wunderkammer © me Collectors Room Berlin, Photo Bernd Borchardt, courtesy Olbricht Collection – click to enlarge

On show: Oct 22, 2011 – Jan 15, 2012

Address: La Maison Rouge, 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France, tel: +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81 | Map

Hours: Wed – Sun: 11 AM – 7 PM, late-night Thu until 9 PM

Admission: €7

Press kit | Petit journal

Catalogue: Published in French and English with colour illustrations, €25.

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Iwajla Klinke’s “Crowns and Gladiola” at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011

Lots of announcements to post so I’ll keep these all fairly short.


From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

This coming Friday, November 4, Iwajla Klinke will be opening her solo show Crowns and Gladiola at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen in Berlin.

On show will be a new series of works, but I decided to illustrate this post with one of her most powerful past series: Ritual Memories – for all those of you who are new to her haunting work.


From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

Crowns and Gladiola will investigate the following:

“The photographic portraits featured in “Crowns and Gladiola” take as their inspiration the Yona Wallach poem, “Jonathan,” in which the author imagines herself a young boy being slain by other children wielding gladiola as swords.

Here, Iwajla Klinke’s fascination with human ritual – previously explored through portraits of young male subjects adorned in arcane religious cloths – is expanded to explore cultural practices situated even further from the center of mainstream Occidental discourse.

Idylls from Wallach’s poem are interpreted almost literally in portraits of fencers; a series of models bearing bridal crowns evoke a not-so-distant time when girls of a similar age had their futures determined for them through arranged marriage.”

You can read the full press release here. The show will remain on view until November 26. Details below.


From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

On show: Nov 5 – Nov 26, 2011

Address: Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Novalisstrasse 7, 10115 Berlin, Germany, email: info@galerielehtinen.com, tel: +49 (0)176 3240 6673 | Map

Hours: Tue – Sat: 12 – 6 PM

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Madeline von Foerster’s “Cabinet” – Exhibition and Print Release

by Suzanne on October 5th, 2011


Redwood Cabinet, 2008 by Madeline von Foerster, giclée print on Hahnemühle 310gsm, cotton rag paper, 28″ x 20″, ed. of 50, $240 – click to enlarge

Fantastic news for the lovers of symbiotic Wunderkammer art as Brooklyn based Skink Ink have just released beautifully lush and vibrant giclee prints of eight of Madeline von Foerster‘s most iconic works.

If you’re local, you can go check out the prints in person at The Gallery at Skink Ink until October 23, for the worldwide audience:

This is a fantastic opportunity to get your filthy hands on Madeline‘s work for a very fair price and generously low edition size. The paper is Hahnemühle cotton rag and I know from my time working with prints that this gives a very haptic finish and A LOT of depth.

The details are as follows:

“Skink Ink is publishing an edition entitled ‘Cabinet’ which will comprise of a collection of six images, each 20” x 28”, which will be sold individually, each in an edition of 50. Ten copies of the complete Cabinet collection will be presented in a handmade portfolio case with printed interleaves offering additional information about each work. In addition there will be two further prints outside of the collection; a larger version of ‘Amazon Cabinet’ 24” x 36” in a an edition of 50 and a smaller print ‘Invasive Species’ (13” x 17”) in an edition of 100. All works are signed and numbered.”

So that’s 8 prints altogether, 6 of which are an edition of 50 that can be purchased individually or in a collected set and 2 hors-série prints – just to repeat everything and be generally annoying and patronising.

If you’ve still got questions about pricing and ordering, contact Philip Riley at 917 536 8347 or email him here.

Details about the exhibition are below.


Invasive Species II, 2008 by Madeline von Foerster, giclée print on Hahnemühle 310gsm, cotton rag paper, 13″ x 17″, ed. of 100, $125 – click to enlarge

On show: Sep 22- Oct 23, 2011

Address: Skink Ink Editions, 177 North 10th Street, Room G, Brooklyn NY 11211, USA, email: events@skink-ink.com, tel: 917 536 8347

Hours: Tue – Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM

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Idiots’ “Romantic Decay” Retrospective at ArtKitchen, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on September 20th, 2011


Hangjongeren by Idiots, taxidermy squirrel, hoodie, 2007, French private collection – click to enlarge

I first posted about Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker – better known as Idiots – in my Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis post over 4 years ago.

The taxidermists haven’t been idle since then and are currently presenting their most recent creatures, sculptures and embroidery works at Amsterdam’s artKitchen Gallery in a retrospective entitled Romantic Decay.

Sadly, the gallery never replied to my image request so I therefore have no clue what’s precisely going to be on show and have decided to feature two of my old Idiots favourites here instead. Details for the show below.


Niet aaien! (Do not pet!) by Idiots, taxidermy hedgehog, pins, antique wheel, 30 x 20 x 15 cm, 2006, French private collection – click to enlarge

On show: Sep 18 – 27, 2011

Address: artKitchen Gallery, 1800 Roeden, Joris van den Berghweg 101, 1067 HP Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)20 6223422, email: info@artkitchen.nl | Directions

Opening hours: Wed – Sat: 1 – 6 PM, and by appointment

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Julie Heffernan in San Francisco & Alex CF’s limited edition of “Many Dead Things”

by Suzanne on August 28th, 2011


Budding Boy by Julie Heffernan, oil on canvas, 78 x 56 inches, 2010 – click to enlarge

This coming Saturday, September 3, Julie Heffernan‘s highly anticipated solo show Boy O Boy II will be opening at Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, San Francisco.

Since it’s totally impossible to notice the subtleties, the intricate microcosms (see for instance the tiny ladder in Budding Boy bottom left), the cultivated pastoral or the symbiotic opulence which are all so very essential to Julie‘s work in an online reproduction, I would highly recommend you to go see Boy O Boy II in person if you happen to be in S.F..

The official reception is actually not until September 10, 4 – 7 PM. The exhibition will remain on show until October 29, 2011.


© Alex CF

Good news just reached us from Alex CF HQ: Alex’s acclaimed debut monograph Many Dead Things – The Specimens of Lord Merrylin will be released as a new edition. Click here for more details and here to pre-order your own copy.

The release is limited to 100 copies only – each of them signed – containing 140 pages of glorious cryptozoology, a foreword by the great Reece Shearsmith from League of Gentlemen and costs £30.

Finally, and for absolutely no reason other than CAUSE I FUCKING CAN, please enjoy these fabulous horror GIFs that were brought to my attention by the SameHat Tumblr. If you happen to have any information on their source and/or creator, please do get in touch.


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