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Stuart Pearson Wright’s “Together in Electric Dreams” at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on January 11th, 2012


Dicky by Stuart Pearson Wright, oil on oval canvas, hand-carved frame, 40 x 50cm, 2011 – click to enlarge

I remember being two days early to the opening reception of Stuart‘s previous I Remember You solo show at the Riflemaker (somehow, those Monday evening opening receptions seem to confuse me a great deal) but the staff was lovely enough to let me in despite being in the midst of show preparation works and I could even say hello to Stuart and get my book signed, yay.

But. I’d be lying if I said that Together in Electric Dreams, his 2nd Riflemaker show, made me want to be there two days early again because well, the works really don’t look nearly as detailed, vibrant and grotesquely distorted as last time.

Maybe too much time was spent on hand-carving the nautical frames? I’m not sure but for me, this is all going a bit too much in the direction of Turf One/Jean Labourdette which is weird because just like John Currin, Stuart’s got a fantastic eye for the caricaturesque and grotesque in human forms, camp postures, hyperbolized sentiments and satirized landscapes.

The press release states:

“[...] The works are presented in neo-baroque frames which have been hand-sculpted in jesmonite by the artist. The painting’s luxurious surfaces are peppered with real diamonds, precious stones and metals, pearls, real hair, make-up, sequins and glitter. [...]“

Which is all very nice – don’t get me wrong – but I just hope he’ll come back to focus on the weird, awkward and uncanny rather than trad tattoos and the burlesque *yawn* – cause that’s really bindun all over the place – particularly in lowbrow/street/new contemporary/whatever-you-call-it art. Stuart’s way better than that.

Show opened on Monday and will remain on view until Feb 15. Details below.

On show: Jan 9 – Feb 15, 2012

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SU, tel: +44 (0) 20 7439 0000, email: info@riflemaker.org | Map

Hours: Mon – Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 12 – 6 PM

Preview | Press release

Artist’s website

WurzelForum discussion

Liam Sparkes at AKA, Berlin

by Suzanne on September 9th, 2011


Portrait of Tattooist Liam Sparkes by Emily Hope – click to enlarge

Good people of Berlin! There’s a Liam Sparkes exhibition opening in your beautiful town tonight. The reception takes place at AKA at Pflügerstrasse 6 in 12047 Berlin (map) and I’m not sure for how long the show will remain on view. In fact, I’m not even sure what’s going to be exhibited. o_O


Tattoo by Liam Sparkes, picture BWified, tattoo monochrome – click to enlarge

But it’s Liam‘s work so you know you won’t be disappointed. If you’re still in doubt, check out the extensive tattoo portfolio on his Flickr (early work on top, recent work on page 12). Personally, I’m very fond of his Bellmer tattoos.

Oh, and while you’re at it, his Sleeping People series is also quite enlightening.


Tattoo by Liam Sparkes, picture BWified, tattoo monochrome – click to enlarge

Liam currently tattoos at Shangri-La Tattoo in London but he’s clearly been around the block and also used to work at East River Tattoo in Brooklyn.


Tattoo by Liam Sparkes, picture BWified, tattoo monochrome – click to enlarge

Liam is also the world record holder for lighting the same cigarette as many times as humanly possible:

Russian criminal tattoo docu “The Mark of Cain” on YouTube

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011


Screen capture from The Mark of Cain, 2000 – click to watch on YouTube

The first tattoo read: Khrushchev’s Slave. The second: Slave of the USSR. The third: Slave of the CPSU. ‘Now, after three operations,’ wrote Kuznetsov, ‘the skin is so tightly stretched … he can no longer close his eyes. We call him The Stare.’

- Russian criminal tattoos: breaking the code (The Guardian)

Just a quick note for those who’ve enjoyed FUEL’s Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaediae (vol i, ii, iii) and their London exhibition of the archive last year:

Alix Lambert’s 2000 docu The Mark of Cain has been available in its entirety online on YouTube since the end of last year – a fact I only discovered the other day. Yes, it’s worth 73 minutes of your life if you haven’t seen it yet. Watch it below or on YouTube.

On a related note, may I also HIGHLY recommend FUEL’s Drawings from the Gulag by Danzig Baldaev. It’s haunting, to say the very least…

“Surviving” by Marina Bychkova

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011


Surviving by Marina Bychkova, 2011 – click to enlarge

Perfection bores me like nothing else and I will be honest that in the recent past, Marina’s (previously featured here and here) dolls have simply been too “perfect” for my taste to really excite me which is why I’m particularly pleased to see her return to this blog with her newest doll, the St Agathaesque Surviving, a porcelain tribute to breast cancer fighters.

You can see the finished doll here (there might be some more tattooing at some stage) and details/progress pictures here.

Dr. Lakra at the Drawing Center, New York

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011


Untitled (Murcielago y Demonio) by Dr Lakra, ink on vintage magazine, 2006 – click to enlarge

Gary Baseman’s been doing it, Fumie Sasabuchi’s been doing it, but I don’t think anyone would want to argue that, at the moment, Dr. Lakra a.k.a. Jeronimo Lopez Flores (previously featured here) is the true king of the darkly tattooesque vintage mag reworks.

From this Friday until the end of April, New York’s Drawing Center will be celebrating the doctor in a solo show of works on paper simply entitled Dr. Lakra. Details below.


Untitled (Muneca de Porcelana) by Dr Lakra, ink on porcelain doll, 2006 – click to enlarge

On show: Feb 25 – April 24, 2011

Address: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013, tel: 212-219-2166, email: info@drawingcenter.org | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Wed: 12 – 6 PM, Thu: 12 – 8 PM, Fri – Sun: 12 – 6 PM

Preview show

Chris Conn Askew News

by Suzanne on December 20th, 2010


Arcadia by Chris Conn Askew – click to enlarge

Yes! It’s that time of the year again when the magnificent monsieur CC (previously featured here) releases limited edition prints. Hurrah!

This time, it’s the spicy Arcadia (see image above). She comes as a gorgeous 12”x18 giclee print, signed and numbered in an edition of 250. All I can say is: BUNS!

I’m fortunate enough to own one of ChrisSix Girls prints and the colours are super rich and the paper well sourced so I’m sure Mlle Arcadia will make you just as happy.

Ordering couldn’t be easier as you just use Chris’ PayPal email nolovelost007@hotmail.com to send him $120 US plus $8 US for shipping (to ANYWHERE in the world – now isn’t that nice!). Make sure your shipping address is correct, you morons! Details here (if you’re suspicious that I’m making you send money to the Molvanian Trotskyist dentist party).

Mammon bless our modern times when financial ruin/collector’s bliss is just one mouse click away.

Chris says about the shipping:

I will be able to begin shipping on December 17th, and all orders will be processed immediately, in the order in which they arrived. If you want an express option, that is available for $20 US (instead of the standard $8, not in addition to), and the postal office assured me that any domestic packages expressed by the 23rd of December will arrive by Xmas. If you are outside of the US, and are interested in an express option, please email me and I will try to work something out for you.

But please don’t stress the man!

In other merry Askewian news, Chris is going to finally have a solo show at the Merry Karnowsky gallery in L.A. in November of 2011. We’ll keep you posted on that. Happy times!

The master himself again:

as i don’t actually own any of my own paintings, i am going to be working double-overtime at the paint factory for the rest of the year, so that i can stock the show nicely with all-new work, totally unseen by the public eye in any form ‘til the opening. as a result, i will only be able to sell a very small handful of originals this year, much less than usual, and a similar number of prints.

Discuss Chris Conn Askew on the WurzelForum.

Sean Cheetham & Co. at Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra

by Suzanne on September 13th, 2008


Chantal by Sean Cheetham – click for details

Another, deeply intriguing group exhibition is opening its doors tonight: Figures & Grounds will go on show at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra – featuring the works of nine figurative artists including Sean Cheetham (c.f. above), Edwin Ushiro, Christian Rex Van Minnen, Mari Inukai & John Watkiss.

Further details below.

Opening reception: Tonight, Saturday, September 13, 2008, 7 – 11 PM

On show: September 13 – 29, 2008

Address: Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801, USA, tel: 626.458.7477 | Map

Gallery hours: Mon – Thu: 12 PM – 9 PM, Fri – Sun: 11 AM – 10 PM

Sneak preview | Press release

“A Benefit Show” at Fecal Face, S.F.

by Suzanne on July 9th, 2008


Portrait of the Artist – Chantal Menard by Shawn Barber, 2007

Lots of great group shows opening this weekend. Let’s start with Fecal Face‘s Benefit Show opening tomorrow, 6 – 9 PM.

The gallery’s statement:

“Together these artists represent a visual history of the site, a chronicle of a community and style that is the backbone of Fecal Face’s content.

Displaying paintings, illustrations, photographs and mixed media works, “The Benefit Show” offers an affordable sampling of art by sought after artists both new and old to the site.

All proceeds go towards upcoming Fecal Face projects.”


Opens: Tomorrow, July 10, 2008, 6 – 9 PM

Opening hours: Thurs & Fri, 4 – 8 PM / Sat & Sun, 12 – 6 PM

Featuring: Jeremy Fish, Gary Baseman, Andrew Schoultz, Shawn Barber (pictured above), Tiffany Bozic, Mars 1, Brendan Monroe, et al.

Address: Fecal Face, 66 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102, USA | Map

Sylvia Ji at White Walls, S.F.

by Suzanne on June 14th, 2008


Black Domina by Sylvia Ji

When it comes to art you clearly cannot have too much of a good thing and since - at least to my humble knowledge - no deaths have ever been attributed to overdosing on sticky sweet morbid eye candy, it’s my pleasure to once again present Sylvia Ji‘s work to you.

Sylvia’s solo show at White Walls Gallery opens tonight and will feature a few sumptuously aestival pieces made in collaboration with Joshua Petker alongside her characteristic Catrinaesque artworks.

Opening reception: Tonight, June 14, 2008, 7 – 11PM

On show: June 14 – July 5, 2008

Address: White Walls Gallery, 835 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, tel: 415 931 1500

SuperTouch preview

Artist’s website

Stuntkid’s portrait of Sylvia Ji

Angelique Houtkamp at Nelly Duff, London

by Suzanne on June 2nd, 2008


Mexican Boy & Like Me You’ll Be by Angelique Houtkamp

Okay, okay.. I’ll take my “skulls are so 2007” statement back. At least for painted ceramic baby skulls.

The precious little crania assembled here are the work of Angelique Houtkamp – better known as a tattoo artist and illustrator possessed by colouful and immaculately styled vintage sideshow ladies.

And since you’ve all seen her work a gazillion times in arty fashion mags and fashionable art mags (… as if there was still a noticeable difference between the two..), I thought I’d introduce you to some of her rarer published sculptural work instead.

Sadly, I don’t think any of these beautiful ceramic baby skulls will actually be on show at Houtkamp’s Folies les femmes exhibition at Nelly Duff in London, but that’s what Wurzeltod™ is here for, after all: To give you an illusion of all the shiny things you can never see – let alone buy. Because you’re all constantly broke. Yep.

N.B.: Apparently this is only a 2-day event; unless the exhibition dates on the website are wrong. Hmmm…


True Love, Smiling on the Outside & Death Before Dishonour by Angelique Houtkamp

Opening reception: Thursday, June 5, 2008, 6 – 8 PM

On show: June 6 – 7, 2008 – according to website

Opening times: Mon – Fri: Appointment only | Sat: 12 PM – 4 PM | Sun: 9 AM – 3 PM

Address: Nelly Duff, 156 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London E2 7RG, UK | Map | Flyer

Artist’s website (& fashion line)

Gosh.. what a mad busy art week. I swear I’ll stop posting for a while now! o_O