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Gail Potocki at Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City

by Suzanne on November 17th, 2008


Eternal Flower by Gail Potocki, oil on linen, 2005 - click for details/larger view

Oil paint sorceress Gail Potocki is currently showing her works in a solo show entitled Opened Apples at good olde Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City. The exhibition opened on Saturday and will remain on display until December 5. Further details below.

If you can't attend, make sure to at least read the insightful interview the lovely people over at Hi-Fructose recently held with Gail.


Terminated Trail by Gail Potocki, oil on linen in handmade frame, 2007 - click for details/larger view

On show: November 15 - December 5, 2008

Address: Billy Shire Fine Arts, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 323-297-0600

Preview works

Artist's website

Dave McKean at Merry Karnowski L.A.

by Suzanne on August 13th, 2008


Death (from The Particle Tarot) by Dave McKean, 2000

Maybe it's just me, but I think there's something genuinely mean about people who don't like Dave McKean's artwork. Not that I'm the biggest McKeanian out there, mind you, but I always felt that proclaiming to the world not to enjoy his works is almost like saying that you don't like listening to music or that the Brothers Grimm were bad writers.

I basically don't trust anyone who says either.

So if you happen to be in L.A. (... and you should, because remember that you need to go see Jared Joslin's exhibition!), you have until Saturday to see the captivating works from Dave's Persistence of Vision series at Merry Karnowsky Gallery.

Closing: Saturday, August 16, 2008

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036, USA, tel: 323.933.4408 | Directions

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM (or by appointment)

Preview showFlyer

Show catalogue available from the gallery for $20.

Dave McKean & Neil Gaiman interviewed by The Onion

Artist's website

Farewell to Dawns Seen Through Saddened Eyes

by Suzanne on July 1st, 2007


(Image via VintagePhoto)

You left me, sweet, two legacies,—

A legacy of love
A Heavenly Father would content,
Had He the offer of;

You left me boundaries of pain

Capacious as the sea,
Between eternity and time,
Your consciousness and me.

(Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems - Part Three: Love, 1924)

INTERNA

Hello. My name is Suzanne. I maintain this invisible blog here and poke dead things with sticks. This rather personal entry is dedicated to the remaining two readers of this blog - Dr. Vertico and my dear Meagan. I love you with all my tiny rotten heart.

These past few weeks, I often got the feeling that I'm simply an erased line of a poem in a book that has never been written in typographies that have never been invented by wise men who never lived. But then, I suddenly remembered the bitter-sweet taste of ink on my tongue and my heart started beating again.

Anyway... I won't bore you with excuses for my long absence, when it's clear that I was in fact busy taking over the Swiss government and painting the Alps with pink stripes. It really flatters their shape, methinks.

And tomorrow, my Holy Mission to infiltrate the art industry and turn it into an apocalyptic bloodbath of epic proportions will begin with me turning up at Hauser & Wirth Zurich at 9 AM sharp for my internship. I have yet to find out why they want me there but they have a great Nespresso™ Lavazza® (Thanks, Mic!) machine and bookshelf ladders. I love ridiculously high bookshelves. Oh, and did I mention that their gallery is located in an old brewery with great industrial architecture to marvel at all day? Yes, I did.

This world isn't all that bad after all for a lonesome homicidal maniac like me.

After all, I have a freshly repaired Swiss precision bike, the new (... Swiss precision...) Logitech® VX™ Revolution cordless laser mouse, a Kathie Olivas gelaskin for my iPod, the patent-leather ballerinas I always dreamt of as a 5-year-old, a purdy grey French top with a huuuge satin bow to play with, this adorable caffeine dress, the striped Alps in my sight, a lovely lake to bathe my feet in, a schizophrenic cat that pays me regular visits and an ersatz bird family nesting under my balcony.

Oh, and I got to see Damien Hirst's skull and the Old Operating Theatre.

I'd be a fool to ask for more.

"And this world tonight is mine
A world to be remembered in
Think on a faded photograph
My hair longer than it's ever been."

(PJ Harvey, "The Sky Lit Up")

I don't know yet how busy my Holy Mission will keep me but I guess I'll only have time to look after this blog on weekends for the next 6 months. I'm commuting to Zurich and I'll be pretty knackered in the evenings, I fear...

Take care you lot and feel free to visit the WurzelForum if you're bored or feel a lack of nunsploitation and/or tentacles in your life.

Ad meiorum Cthulhi Gloriam!

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Little Venus by Heather Nevay - click for details

Catherine CampbellDaniël van Nes | Erwin Olaf | Esao AndrewsHeather Nevay | Jay Parkinson | Kris Knight | MiniatureMouseSam Weber | Shiori MatsumotoThe Chap (Yay!)

The Website ov Thee Day award goes to: What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys? (via the adorable Meredith Yayanos)

ART INTERVIEWS

Carrie Ann Baade interview (by BeinArt Surreal Art Collective)

David Bowers interview (by BeinArt Surreal Art Collective)

James Jean interview (by The Little Chimp Society)

Jessica Joslin interview (by BeinArt Surreal Art Collective)

Neo Rauch interview (by ArtInfo)

Tado interview (by The Little Chimp Society)

NEW E-BOOKS

Dracula (by Bram Stoker / English)

J'accuse...! (by Émile Zola / French / Audio)

Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë / English / Illu)

The Trial (by Franz Kafka / English)

Wuthering Heights (by Emily Brontë / English)

9 IMPORTANT THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF MANKIND¹

N°1: There's so much CCTV footage about my journeys in and around London that my biopic will soon be opening in a cinema near you. Yay!

N°2: Nirvana - Unplugged in New York is 189632 times better than any of their studio albums. Fact.

N°3: Why does cold coffee smell like burnt salami?

N°4: I managed to boycott Art Basel yet another year. Go me!

N°5: I'm hopelessly in love with William Irigoyen (that's a really unflattering photograph on that website..) from ARTE news. Oooooh... that smile! I just wish he'd stop flirting with Annette Gerlach from ARTE - journal de la culture. Hmmpf.

N°6: This is the best photograph I've ever taken and the only picture I'm proud of.

N°7: Boots' "Protect & Perfect" really does work wonders on me and it's obviously so rejuvenating that it sent me right back to puberty leaving my forehead covered with pimples. Great.. in a few weeks, I'll look like a new-born baby.

N°8: It's great that I don't have to spend a fortune on French b/w art movies anymore now that my eyes are so fucked that I'm starting to see the world around me in greyscale anyway. Yay!

N°9: I want my black hair back.

¹ [formerly known as: "POINTLESS REMARKS THAT NO-ONE WILL READ ANYWAY"]

O Rose...

by Suzanne on April 16th, 2007


Kaetii - Portrait II by Christopher Lee Donovan - click for details

O Rose, thou art sick!
The Invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

(The Sick Rose by William Blake)

INTERNA

In case any of you wondered why I haven't updated this blog as often as I used to, the explanation is a rather depressing one for me: About a month ago, when I had an ultrasound examination of my eyes done, my optometrist noticed a progressed incurable deformation of my optic nerves in both eyes. He had no clue where that came from - as such things normally happen after accidents, birth defects or brain tumours - so it was all pretty confusing for both him and me. However, I'm in good hands now and I got new nerd glasses prescribed. Yay! I'll have to be monitored regularly from now on though to make sure that it doesn't get any worse since any further deformation could possibly be dangerous.

It's not that I didn't notice that there was something seriously wrong with my eyes, but I hadn't really expected something quite so dramatic. Anyway, at least this finally explains why I've constantly had red eyes, headaches, concentration difficulties, a rather short attention span and visions (yup!) in the past few years. And I guess it also explains why I always see a giant angry Hello Kitty® fighting against Godzilla whenever I look at toasted bread. It's just my optic nerves sending confusing messages to my brain. o_O

On a happier note, I got a chance to meet and (quickly) interview the amazing Peter Blegvad at Fumetto 07 and I want to take ballet lessons again - for purely masochistic reasons this time. Uhmm.. I dunno what that has got to do with Blegvad, but anyway...

And in other news, the congenial Jim Woodring makes me feel terribly guilty for using my Moleskine® as a profane notepad. *sighs

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Red Ribbon (detail) by David Stoupakis - click for details

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RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS


Young Lord Oliver by Marion Peck - click for details

Marion Peck's Soft Paintings for Gentle People at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

→ Opened: 14 April 2007 | Closes: 19 May 2007 | Additional information | Artist's website | Opening reception photos


© Bernd Preiml - click for details

Bernd Preiml's Buabnsunn at Artbits Galerie in Wien, AT.

→ Opens: 20 April 2007, 7 PM onwards | Closes: 9 June 2007 | Additional information | Artist's blog

Also: If you happen to be in London before April 29th, make sure to visit the stunning Hogarth exhibition at Tate Britain. I found it profoundly educational and deeply humorous.

INTERVIEWS & STUDIO VISITS

Andrew Brandou studio visit (by Juxtapoz)

Diane Arbus audio interview (by Almanac Magazine)

Espira interview (by The Extra Finger)

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck interview (by BBC Collective)

Junko Mizuno YouTube interview (by BBC Choice)

Marcel Dzama interview (by KultureFlash)

Peter Blegvad interview (by Meeeeeeee! for FumettoBlog®)

Wayne Belger interview (by Alarm Press)

Spring's Here - Polish Your Robotic Arms!

by Suzanne on March 11th, 2007


© Brian Walker - click to enlarge

Hi, I'm Suzanne. I used to blog here on a more or less regular basis and you might remember me from the driver's ed film "Alice's Adventures through the Windshield Glass".

Anyway. I'm back and I have absolutely nothing to report. The fact that I still feel the urge to write these lines is the final proof that I'm a real "blogger". Yay!

Still, the world around me has evolved tremendously in these past few weeks:

There was a total lunar eclipse, the Swiss finally went to war against neighbouring Lichtenstein, monsieur Jean Baudrillard passed away, Jennifer Mee stopped hiccuping, my armadillo got quarantined due to a maggot infection, I ate 1.7 litres of Mövenpick® of Switzerland's caramelita ice cream in less than 34 minutes, I had 9 nosebleeds stigmata and 5 headaches, I saw the Chi Rho symbol on the steamy bathroom tiles, I hit myself 8 times on the head with a rather sharp object because the NIN concert at Volkshaus is sold out, I got a beautiful framed drawing from Jessica McCourt, an adorable print from Kate O'Brien & a rather obscene lollipop from the sweet Jessica Joslin, I got lost in the forest (twice) and I got a spam email that said "Pony rides - 25 cents - 2 for 50!"

What wondrous times we live in.

P.S.: For those who wondered: Yes, I have captchas in all my contact / ordering forms now. So it's totally normal if you see either of these messages after sending something to me:

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© Bernd Preiml - click to enlarge

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INTERVIEWS


Dream of the Hungry Ghost by Colette Calascione - click to enlarge

Bill Viola interview (by ArtInfo)

Chris Scarborough interview (by The Extra Finger)

Colette Calascione interview (by ArtInfo)

Gregory Crewdson interview (by ArtInfo)

Jennifer Nehrbass interview (by The Extra Finger)

Jenny Bird interview (by The Extra Finger)

Jeremy Fish interview (by Crown Dozen)

Kristian Olson interview (by The Little Chimp Society)

Mary Ellen Mark interview (by ArtInfo)

Sam Weber interview (by Heavy Backpack)

NEW E-BOOKS

Fantastic Fables (by Ambrose Bierce / English)

Heidi (by Johanna Spyri / English / Ill.)

Paradise Lost (by John Milton / English)

Persuasion (by Jane Austen / English)

Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen / English / Audio)

The Canterville Ghost (by Oscar Wilde / English / Audio)

Über Psychoanalyse (by Sigmund Freud / German / Wurzeltod® recommendation)

Den Schädel auf. Die Brust entzwei.

by Suzanne on December 16th, 2006


© Marcin Tyszka - click on images to enlarge

I normally don't care much about fashion photography. It's often so polished and superflat that I don't really see why it can't all be done in Maya® instead and with RealDolls™ instead of anaemic models with half open mouths and expressionless eyes.

What bores me the most are all these greyish powdered arms dangling over armrests. I just fail to see what's aesthetically so exciting about lethargic body parts hanging from Louis XIV furniture. Not that I have anything against Louis XIV, mind you - quite the contrary, I always adored his rather twisted sense of decadence humour. But if I want to see dehydrated lifeless bodies, I'd rather go to the morgue (now that would make an amazing i-D spread, wouldn't it?).

I don't mind so much that most models have the charisma of a synthetic polar bear rug, I just wish we'd actually get to see at least some of them in actu - helping grannies across the street, rescuing kittens from trees, instructing tuna in art history, lifting weights - instead of just having to watch them gracefully rot away in antique furniture.

Well, all categorical refusal of fashion photography aside, when it comes to girls who play with skulls in abandoned anatomy museums (c.f. above), even I get weak. I just can't help it. And I don't even think it was particularly visionary of Marcin Tyszka to add organic materials like dust, ashes, bones (and even pickled toads) to the immaculate world of fashion photography - I think I just looked at it at the right time with the right frame of mind.

Decay is the new black.

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Meerkatgirls © Andrew Sendor - click to enlarge

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INTERVIEWS

Robert Craig interview (by The Extra Finger)

Jeff Soto interview (by Supertouch | Attention: Jeff's Cold Ice Age exhibit closes tonight, 16th December, at BLK/MRKT Gallery.)

POINTLESS REMARKS THAT NO-ONE WILL READ ANYWAY

N° 1

I miss my cats. Above all Spot (.. named after...). Spot was a good soldier cat. A curious, adventurous, courageous and proud cat. I wish they'd all come back to me. Not like in Pet Cemetery, but you know... for real. Someone bring me back my kitties, please. *sobs*

N° 2

According to iTunes, by far the most often played song on my iPod is 'Loser' by Beck. The 2nd most played song is 'Every Day Is Exactly The Same' (which it is) by Nine Inch Nails, 3rd is 'Everlong' by The Foo Fighters, 4th is 'One' by Metallica and 5th is 'Pushed Again' by Die Toten Hosen. Followed by 'A Forest' by The Cure (they're the overall winners in occupying storage space), 'She's In Parties' by Bauhaus, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division and 'Mad World' by Gary Jules.

I'm only telling you this because after an extensive scientific analysis, I came to the conclusion that this can only mean one thing:

I haven't really evolved since the age of 14. Yaaaaay!

N° 3

Yes, I do want that snow-white pony we selected for Christmas, mum. With a red ribbon around its neck. Thank you.

N° 4

This blog post contains so many (mostly pointless) links that I got a headache halfway through counting them.

N° 5

The bitter realisation that you never know when you're halfway through counting something unless you know the grand total in advance gave me another headache.

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¹ Buy prints by Rik Garrett at the WurzelShoppe!

A Forest

by Suzanne on November 20th, 2006


© Julia Fullerton-Batten (detail) - click for full picture

Die Toten meiner Jahrtausende
Sind auferstanden. Meiner Väter Blick
Ging über mich, es wandelte
Leicht die Nähe der Erwachenden.

Im Abend aber entschliefen sie
Plötzlich; aus ihren Augenhöhlen
Brachen Blumen, ihres Atems Stille griff
Nach meinem Herzen, eine blaue Hand.

(Wald by Maria Luise Weissmann, 1899-1929)

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November: She Disappeared © Derek Nobbs¹

CandyKillerDaniel Martin DiazDerek Nobbs | Eduardo RecifeEsao Andrews (back with yet another adorable site design!) | JapiHonoo | Jinyoung ShinJulianna Swaney | Kahn & Selesnick² | KunstKrake | LensCulture | Luka SkalabrinLuke Feldman | Marc Burckhardt | Miniature Mouse | Ruby Mag #12 | Ruth GwilySarah Joncas | Tasty SoilTeodoru BadiuYosuke Ueno | YouYesYou

Also: ArtDorks est mort. Vive ArtDorks!

NEW E-BOOKS / AUDIO BOOKS

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by Mark Twain / English / Audio)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll / English / Audio)

Andersen's Fairy Tales (by Hans Christian Andersen / English / Audio)

Auf der Galerie (by Franz Kafka / German / Audio)

Beowulf (by Anonymous / English / Audio)

Beyond Good and Evil (by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche / English / Audio)

Die Leiden des jungen Werther (by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / German / Audio)

Dracula (by Bram Stoker / English / Audio)

Emma (by Jane Austen / English / Audio)

Mary Stuart (by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller / English)

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin (by Charles Darwin / English / Ill.)

The Robbers (by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller / English)

Wilhelm Tell (by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller / English / Wurzeltod® recommendation)

INTERVIEWS

Camille Rose Garcia interview (by Crown Dozen)

Josh Keyes interview (by Fecal Face)

Rik Garrett interview (by Eros Zine)

POINTLESS REMARKS THAT NO-ONE WILL READ ANYWAY

N° 1

I have funny feet.

N° 2

I'll be rather busy working on presentations about Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and J. M. W. Turner until the end of January - i.e. I won't have time for lengthy updates in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

N° 3

Art prints make beautiful Christmas presents. Above all if you know that you support one of our talented young WurzelArtists® at the same time. To make sure that your orders arrive on time, I suggest that you don't waste another minute and go spend all your money in our little art shoppe. Weeeee!

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¹ Buy prints by Derek Nobbs at the WurzelShoppe!

² Their new book The Apollo Prophecies is now available as a paperback.

Das englische Fräulein

by Suzanne on October 10th, 2006


Scintillating Venuses © Kris Lewis - click to enlarge

Die englischen Fräuleins gehen in langer Kette durch die Stadt,
Zwei und zwei, in ihren schwarzen Mänteln wie Morcheln, die man aus dem Boden gerissen hat.
Aber im Sommer tragen sie violette
Schärpen um den Leib. Sie schlafen allein im Bette.

Manche ist so schön,
Man möchte einmal mit ihr schlafen gehn.
Aber sie sind so klein in ihren schwarzen Kapuzen,
Ich glaube, wenn man sie lieben will, braucht man ein ganzes Dutzend.

("Die englischen Fräuleins" von Klabund, 1890-1928)

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Ukrainian Pillbox © Kris Knight - click to enlarge

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→ Also, Rik Garrett offers beautiful new photographs framed for sale (prints & tintypes).

MOVING IMAGES


Still from 300 - click to watch

300 Trailer - Teaser trailer for WB’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300. Music by Nine Inch Nails. Hurrah for testosterone-loaded movies! (via Drawn!)

Closer: NIN and Star Trek - Compilation clip that explores that latent love affair between Kirk and Spock. Music again by Nine Inch Nails. (via Milk & Cookies)

Battle of LP Covers - An amazing piece of motion graphic work directed by Ugly Pictures and animated by Man vs Magnet. (via k10k)

Run Wrake: Rabbit - Short trailer to Run Wrake's dreamlike dark story of lost innocence and the random justice of nature. (via Strange Little Girls)

INTERVIEWS


The Offering © Jessica McCourt¹ - click to enlarge

Dan May interview (by The Little Chimp Society)

Genesis P-Orridge interview (by The Guardian)

Jessica McCourt¹ interview (by The Extra Finger. Thanks for the mention, Jessica!)

Joe Sacco interview (by The Stranger)

Lori Earley interview (by Atomic Threat)

Maurice Sendak audio interview (by NPR)

Neil Gaiman interview (by Bookslut)

Neil Gaiman audio interview (by Minnesota Public Radio)

Richard A. Kirk interview (by Phantasmaphile)

Rik Garrett² interview (by The Extra Finger)

Seetharaman Narayanan interview (by Ironic Sans - Yup, that's the chap you see everytime you open your PhotoShop.)

Tiffany Bozic interview (by Fecal Face)

HERO DU JOUR

Pablo Wendel - The German art student who fooled police by posing as one of China's terracotta warriors at the heritage site in the ancient capital, Xian.

QUOTE DU JOUR

'It's an altogether new thing!'

- 9-year-old kid about the advantages of taking LSD

SPAM POETRY DU JOUR

'And it smells of sulfur still today'

- Subject line of a spam email I got today. I couldn't help being reminded of Strindberg & Helium's Sulfur and Iron

INTERNA

My beloved brother has a blog now. I'm so proud. Make sure to watch his vampire short film if you haven't seen it yet.

I'm having incredible fun with my new translation tool at the bottom of the left sidebar. If it already says the darndest things in the languages I do understand, I assume it totally sabotages my blog and spits out loads of insults in Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Huzzah!

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¹ Buy prints by Jessica McCourt at the WurzelShoppe!

² Buy prints by Rik Garrett at the WurzelShoppe!

The Happy Little Bunny

by Suzanne on September 11th, 2006


© Ray Caesar - click to enlarge

Once there was a little bunny
who had a little furry tail and a little shiny nose.

But the electrodeath cloud of commerce strangled it
and its foxhole was converted to a parking lot
a parking lot, a parking lot.

Ample parking asphalted over bunny bones.

Everyone everyone everyone get in.

(Bedtime Stories by Thom Yorke by David Hart)

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© Matt Groller - click to enlarge - via ArtDorks

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→ And finally, some good news about Trevor's Rubber Doll project. Weeeeee!

INTERVIEWS


© Jonathan Weiner - click to enlarge

Jonathan Weiner interview (by FecalFace)

Katy Grannan interview (by ArtKrush)

Kilfish interview (by Scene 360)

Lesley Reppeteaux interview (by SuicideGirls)

Mars-1 interview (by Fecal Face)

NEW E-BOOKS

A Mother's List of Books for Children (by Gertrude Weld Arnold / English)

Märchen für Kinder (by Hans Christian Andersen / German / (beautifully) Ill.)

Resonance in Singing and Speaking (by Thomas Fillebrown / English / Ill.)

Siddhartha: eine indische Dichtung (by Hermann Hesse / German)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by Mark Twain / English / Ill.)

The Importance of Being Earnest (by Oscar Wilde / English)

BLOG DU JOUR

Little People - A Tiny Street Art Project...

TOY DU JOUR

Alien My Little Pony - Sometimes, the only reason why you want to have babies is because you want to buy them totally disturbing toys. Or maybe that's just me. o_O

CHAIR DU JOUR

Thomas Keeley's Bat Chair - Thanks, AndreaXmas.

INTERNA

Your help needed!


N.N. - click to enlarge

Could anyone please help me identify the artist of the picture above?

I think it's from around 1880 and if I'm not completely mistaken, the artist's name sounds somewhat French.

Thank you very much for your help.

EDIT

As always, the ingenious mind of Mr Substrom found the correct answer: Albert Penot. Chapeau, monsieur, chapeau!

In other news, a little worm greeted me with the word "Krankenkassenwechsel" the other day while I was gardening. I found it pretty unusual that the first (and probably last) word I've ever exchanged with a worm would be "Krankenkassenwechsel". I replied "Hullo?!?", but it said no more. Hmm... maybe it swallowed a tiny radio. Oh well, at least it wasn't a swedish maggot.

You shouldn't let poets lie to you

by Suzanne on August 22nd, 2006


© Suzanne G. - Bobo, The One-Armed Vampire Teddy From Hell - click to enlarge

Die Welt: Wie haben Sie den Tod Ihrer Frau überwunden?

Pogorelich: [...] Sie hatte alles, Herkunft, Erziehung, Schönheit, Talent und Freundlichkeit. Sie überstrahlte alles wie ein Komet. Man konnte mit ihr freilich nie ausruhen, sie war immer aktiv.

Selbst im Tod war sie noch die Prinzessin, als die sie geboren wurde.

Sie hatte Leberkrebs.

Als sie starb, explodierte die Leber und in ihrem letzten Kuss überschüttete sie mich mit schwarzem Blut. Ich sah aus wie das Phantom der Oper. Mein Haar war völlig verklebt. Ich wollte es nicht wegwischen. Und als man uns mit Champagner kondolierte, da war ich immer noch voll mit ihrem Blut. Aber jeder hat das verstanden. Das war wie bei Jackie Kennedy, die ihr mit dem Hirn ihres Mannes besudeltes Kostüm nicht wechseln wollte [...].

(Ivo Pogorelich interviewed about the death of his wife (et al.) by Die Welt)

INTERNA

i) Yes, I know... I haven't been answering your emails and/or comments lately. That's because I was on holidays for three weeks and currently have about 380 emails in the answering queue. Sorry about that.

ii) For very obscure nostalgic reasons, I bought a pair of Dr. Martens in the size that I had when I got my first pair on my 13th birthday. Sadly, they won't let me return nor exchange them. So if you're a size 5 (UK), this is your ultimate chance to get a pair of hardly worn classic 8-eyelet Docs for only $60. Actually, I'll make it $50 for you. Yay! Click here for details.

iii) Your advice on tattoo designs is needed here. Gracias.

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© Femke Hiemstra - click to enlarge

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MOVING IMAGES


Still from TV Goes Directly Into You

Björk: TV Goes Directly Into You - 'You shouldn't let poets lie to you...'

Marlene Dietrich: Fashion Side, Part II - 'The devil is a woman...' (via The Reverse Cowgirl)

INTERVIEWS


© Chris Ryniak - click to enlarge

Chris Ryniak Q+A (by Atomic Threat)

Chris Sickels interview (by Illustration Mundo)

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RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS


© Camille Rose Garcia at Outré Gallery - click to enlarge

Kathie Olivas, Chet Zar & Naoto Hattori at CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica, USA.

→ Opened: 19 August 2006 | Closes: 9 September 2006 | Previews: Kathie Olivas, Naoto Hattori | Press release to Kathie Olivas

Flaunt at Junc Gallery in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Opened: 19 August 2006 | Featuring: Amy Ross, Camilla Engman, Jen Corace, Eric Beltz, et al.

Yosuke Ueno & Friends at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006 | Also featuring: Christopher Umana, Martin Wittfooth, et al.

Pleasure Little Treasure at Stay Gold Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006 | Featuring: Lisa Alisa and Hiroki Otsuka

Chris Ware at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, USA.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006

Unknown Weegee at the International Center of Photography in New York, USA.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006 | NYT review

Hans Bellmer - Ingenieur des Eros at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006 | Portal Kunstgeschichte review

Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographien und Zeichnungen at Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen in Oberhausen, Germany.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006 | Portal Kunstgeschichte review

Rineke Dijkstra: Portraits at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic.

→ Remains through: 27 August 2006

The Treasures of Long Gone John at Outré Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.

→ Remains through: 29 August 2006 | Group exhibition featuring: Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, et al.

Receiver Guest Artists Show at Receiver Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Remains through: 29 August 2006 | Featuring: Ogi, Henry Lewis, Kelly Tunstall, Marci Washington, et al.

Derek Nobbs at Optic Nerve Arts Gallery in Portland, USA.

→ Opening: 31 August 2006, 6 - 9 PM | PDF posterBuy prints by Derek Nobbs at the WurzelShoppe!