Archive for the Sculpture category
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.
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.
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
Hours: 10.30 AM – 5 PM daily
Admission: £6 adults, £3.50 children (all proceeds go to the Old Operating Theatre)
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
Hours: Tue – Fri: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sat – Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM, Mon: By appointment
by Suzanne on February 28th, 2012
Still from Mound video by Allison Schulnik, 2011 – click to enlarge
I don’t think I ever had a) an exhibition announcement for Overland Park, Kansas and b) so little information on a show as there seems to be neither preview nor press release for Allison Schulnik‘s Nerman Museum show so I guess it’s just an uhmm.. exhibition of Allison Schulnik‘s video work? Yay. ¬_¬
From the three images on the museum website, all I can gather is that more recent works will be on show as the pictures are all stills from her Mound video that the museum recently acquired and which you can see below.
So if you’re planning to check it out, do share your impressions so I can update this post.
On show: Jan 13 – Apr 1, 2012
Address: Nerman Museum, Second Floor Galleries, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210, USA, tel: +1 913.469.3000
Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM, Fri: 10 AM – 9 PM, Sun: 12 – 5 PM
by Suzanne on February 22nd, 2012
Director/writer team Gisèle Vienne and Dennis Cooper have been working as a pair on theatre projects since 2004 and are now presenting a series of haunting productions, puppets and portraits at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Their show Teenage Hallucination evokes uncanny memories of the Chapman Brothers‘ army of creepy mutant girls (particularly the brothers’ recent hybrid girl army with THEY TEACH US NOTHING swastika hoodies).
However, Gisèle‘s Olimpias are a lot less grotesque and hyperreal than the Chapman‘s creations but more cracked and broken in their appearance and there’s a subtle sense of mutilated and traumatised individuality in her adolescents’ intimidated stares and serious outfits.
39 dolls will be on show as an installation accompanied by a beautifully shot photographic documentation of Gisèle‘s work with and on them.
Also on show will be Gisèle‘s and Dennis‘ newest theatrical piece which was produced in collaboration with Stephen O’Malley of SunnO))) fame (working on sound as well as wall drawing designs) entitled Last Spring: A Prequel (a trailer has not emerged yet, sadly, but will be added to this post later).
But that’s still not all because Teenage Hallucination is part of a festival at the Centre Pompidou that’s packed with talks, presentations and screenings with other artists, filmmakers and authors and this coming Sunday promises to be particularly interesting/provoking with a presentation of Peter Sotos’ Mine Kept and Pierre Dourthe (Hans Bellmer author) discussing The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.
The full programme of festival events is here. It’s quite intense if not slightly insane. Teenage Hallucination itself has opened tonight and will remain on view until March 12. Further details below.
On show: Feb 22 – Mar 12, 2012
Hours: Daily: 11 AM – 9 PM
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.)
ART FEATURES & REVIEWS
HISTORY & SCIENCE
by Suzanne on November 19th, 2011
La poupée by Hans Bellmer, painted wood, papier-mâché, mixed media, 1935/36, 61×170×51 cm, courtesy Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, photo © Collection Centre Pompidou/Vertrieb RMN/Georges Meguerditchian/ProLitteris – click to enlarge
I dislike the way big art metropoleis *cough* London *cough* always label their sell-out shows *cough* Leonardo da Vinci *cough* as “Shows of the Century” when - IF you can afford the outrageous admission prices at all - these shows are normally so totally overrun you really can’t appreciate the art or are even given a specific time slot and need to get the hell out after 30 minutes. Trust me, I know. I actually went to the last “big da Vinci thing” in London a couple of years back but I can’t even recall whether it was at the V&A, the Royal Academy or the British Museum. All I remember is that I COULDN’T SEE SHIT and people had the NERVE to bring their Dan Browns along. Jesus Christ.
Anyways, so thankfully, there’s always the smaller, quieter places that put on masterpieces of curating in the middle of nowhere – pretty much overlooked by the international media.
Well, one such tremendous art historical chef-d’oeuvre of a show is currently taking place at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel.
Amongst the usual suspects that I won’t even bother mentioning here because the Beyeler is pretty notorious for its huge collection of surrealist art, you will meet the conjoined limbs of Hans Bellmer, the giant eyes of Paul Delvaux, the apocalyptic dreamscapes of Max Ernst and the sculptural synaesthesia of Méret Oppenheim.
Yes, I know right?! o_O
The exhibition looks also very stunning from an interior design point of view and a lot of effort, time.. and obviously money.. has been spent to contextualise and document the pieces. Definitely one to check out if you’re in Switzerland.
Surrealismus in Paris runs until the end of January 2012. Details below.
Der Gegenpapst by Max Ernst, oil on canvas, 1941/42, 161×127 cm, courtesy Peggy Guggenheim Collection, photo © David Heald/The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation/ProLitteris – click to enlarge
On show: Oct 2, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012
Hours: Mon – Sun: 10 AM – 6 PM
Admission: CHF 25.– (but special deals with public transport!)
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: email@example.com
Hours: Mon – Sun: 12 – 6 PM
by Suzanne on November 18th, 2011
Earlier this month, after visiting Essence of Edo-Tokyo at ICN, I decided to take the little journey from my old London home in Bethnal Green down Roman Road to check out one of the most daring and fascinating group shows of the year: Savant – curated by Joe Becker at High Roller Society. I posted about it here.
I left deeply impressed by the oeuvres of Richard Stipl, Peggy Kouroumalos and particularly Rory Dean - whose paintings I expected to be much larger - and it became apparent that the one thing that all the featured artists had in common was a very obsessive-compulsive joyful drive to create. You could almost touch their collective exuberant imagination and the electric heat of their synapses during the creation of this show. And that’s a very rare thing to feel at a group show – so chapeau to Joe for putting this show together and selecting such a great bunch of fellow artists.
Also massive thanks to Jennifer Moran who runs High Roller for taking the time – on Guy Fawkes Night, no less – to show me around the exhibition, dig out secret works from the High Roller treasure trove and for discussing techniques, misunderstood artists, monsters and… dentures.
More of this kind of stuff in London please!
Savant runs until November 27.
by Suzanne on November 17th, 2011
Although I missed the opening reception for Ryo Arai’s show at London’s ICN Gallery, I did manage to check it out after a fantastic Liberty Snake ZeroZeroNain organised by Misanthropop that saw some of London’s best post-punk DJs and connoisseurs come together.
Anyways, after admittedly being initially a bit disappointed that the sculpture on the exhibition flyer was not actually on show, everything completely made up for that slight flaw. So much so that this is hands down my favourite London show of 2k11 after Charles Matton’s Enclosures at All Visual Arts earlier this year.
It was tricky to capture all the details of the gorgeous papier-mâché texture of the sculptures in the photos but I hope you nevertheless enjoy these impressions of the show.
What’s more is that the ICN staff was extremely sweet, helpful and very knowledgeable and I purchased an absolutely gorgeous and apparently out-of-print Ryo Arai monograph for as little as a handful of sushi.
East London can be glad to have this magical new place delivering so much Japanese ocular and culinary goodness to the area.
Essence of Edo-Tokyo will remain on view until this Saturday, November 19, so do go check it out if you’re in London.
by Suzanne on November 4th, 2011
Jorogumo by Ryo Arai – click to enlarge
This is an exhibition announcement for a brand new gallery space London, i.e. myself, has been waiting for: ICN Gallery has officially set foot in Leonard Street to FINALLY bring some much needed japanophilia to East London’s art scene and will therefore from now on be my first automatic stop to check out in town – just like the always yummy sushi counter at the Japan Centre.
Ubume (detail) by Ryo Arai – click to enlarge
You can tell I’m particularly enamored with Ryo Arai‘s papier-mâché yokai and I cannot wait to see his works in person. The images featured here are all from his Yokai Hariko series but from what I can see in the press release, only the top sculpture, Jorogumo, will be exhibited – together with other recent oeuvres by him.
The press release states very correctly:
“Utilizing techniques from Edo karakuri, transom sculpture, netsuke and noh theatre mask making, his transcendent techniques makes it hard for the viewer to believe that his work is actually made out of paper.”
Mouryou (detail) by Ryo Arai – click to enlarge
On show: Oct 27 – Nov 19, 2011
Address: ICN, 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH, UK, tel: 020 7729 7977, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Mon – Sun: 12 – 7 PM