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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)

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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

Press release

Artist’s website

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Impressions of “Essence of Edo-Tokyo” featuring Ryo Arai at ICN, London

by Suzanne on November 17th, 2011


Papier-mâché yokai by Ryo Arai, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

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.


Papier-mâché yokai by Ryo Arai, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

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.


Papier-mâché yokai by Ryo Arai, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

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.


Papier-mâché yokai by Ryo Arai, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

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.


Papier-mâché yokai by Ryo Arai, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

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.


Papier-mâché yokai by Ryo Arai, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

Weekend Special: Most Accurate Depiction of the Future

by Suzanne on November 6th, 2011

By cyriak - it’s the newest piece by the genius behind Baaa - and via Mario Kaoru Mevy. Thank you!

P.S. The next Best of YouTube is still in preparation. Sorry it’s been so long!

Ryo Arai in “Essence of Edo-Tokyo” at ICN, 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.

Essence of Edo-Tokyo presents the works of Ryo Arai & ITARO – both are showing to a London audience for the very first time.


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.”

Oh, and did I mention ICN also has a café specializing in Japanese tea?! Details below.


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: info@icn-global.com

Hours: Mon – Sun: 12 – 7 PM

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Gabríela Friðriksdóttir’s “Crepusculum” at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2011


By Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, courtesy Cueto Project – click to enlarge

From the witchy hands of Gabríela Friðriksdóttir comes Crepusculum – her newest archaic-organic, proto-pagan, neo-ritualistic, chaos-elemental project . Yes, I made all these words up.

And to be even more annoying, I decided to not give you a preview of the actual work on show at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt but of past works, because, to be quite frank with you, Crepusculum reminded me very much (too much?) of my esteemed friends Kahn & Selesnick‘s work – only in a slightly more Burning Man fashion.

Opens this coming Wednesday, Sep 28 – the artist will be in attendance. Details below.


Still from Björk‘s Where is the Line? by Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, courtesy Cueto Project – click to enlarge

Opening reception: Wed, Sep 28, 2011, 7 PM onwards – artist will be in attendance

On show: Sep 29, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012

Address: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany, tel: +49.69.299882.0, email: welcome@schirn.de | Directions

Hours: Tue, Fri – Sun: 10 AM – 7 PM, Wed-Thu: 10 AM – 10 PM

Admission: €5

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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

Press release

Artists’ website

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“The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer” at Kunsthalle, Vienna

by Suzanne on September 16th, 2011


The Big Adventure Story Roman 4 by Jan Švankmajer, 1997-98 – click to enlarge

The main - and sometimes only - reason why I think it’s worth putting quite a lot of time, blood, sweat, tears and of course more and more Godzilla bukkake into this blog is because I have a fantastic readership (yes, YOU!).

Just after I posted about the Quay Brothers and mentioned Jan Švankmajer, long-time reader and supporter Kid37 alerted me to a vast Švankmajer retrospective currently on display at the Kunsthalle Wien that’s an absolute must-see if you’re a Švankmajarian.


Meat Love by Jan Švankmajer, 1989

The great thing about The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer – The Pendulum, the Pit, and other Peculiarities is that not only films will be presented but also a comprehensive selection of his graphic and collaged works from different decades.


Ossuary by Jan Švankmajer, 1970

Švankmajer has always been the best commentator on his own work so let’s have him explain what you’re going to witness in Vienna:

“Whatever comes out of my subconscious I use it because I consider it to be the purest form; everything else in your conscious being has been influenced by reality, by art, by education, and by your upbringing, but the original experiences that exist within you are least corrupted of all experiences.”

Amen to that, amen. Details below.

On show: Sep 7 – Oct 2, 2011

Address: KUNSTHALLE wien, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna, Austria, tel: +43-1-52189-0, email: office@kunsthallewien.at | Map

Opening hours: Daily: 10 AM – 7 PM

Preview | Images | Press release

Publication: Monograph on Jan Švankmajer’s oeuvre (incl. interview) is now available. 240 pages, app. 100 images, German/English. Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.

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