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Mirka Lugosi's "Datura Park" at Galerie Chantiers BoîteNoire, Montpellier

by Suzanne on October 16th, 2011


© Mirka Lugosi, coloured pencil on paper, 58 x 78 cm, 2010 - click to enlarge

I assume that life is pretty sweet when your surname is Lugosi. If in addition, you possess some kickass graphite, ink, gouache and shading skills, you might really be Bela's granddaughter.

Muse to the great Gilles Berquet, Mirka Lugosi has clearly taken some of his approaches and motives on board but made up her very own distinctive language of visual storytelling.

Blending together a rather Helmut Newtonesque understanding of the female body, a love affair with Bellmeresque legscapes and Ruppertesque hair tornados, a ritualistic naivety and playful alchemy reminiscent of Marcel Dzama, she entraps us in a weirdly ravaged and thorny Jurassic landscape with phallic plants and rock formations, masochistically detailled anatomies, écorché dresses, gothic shrouds like Daniel Rabel was still walking amongst us and tight catsuits à la Les Vampires.

I know that all sounds pretty kaotic, but that's how it is, and I think if I had to summarise what Mirka's art is all about, I would tell you to go have a look at one of her earlier series, La Malaise Enchanté from 2002/03.


© Mirka Lugosi, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 43 x 31 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

According to the French press release, her show Datura Park features 20 recent and slightly older drawings and one installation piece:

"DATURA PARK propose un parcours en vingt dessins et une installation. Les paysages fétiches de l’artiste, l’évocation de la plante hallucinogène puissante et très toxique, parfois utilisée en fleur d’ornement sont au coeur de cette exposition."

For further reading, Mirka has some great books on offer on her own site - plus, you can also get her 80/90 book from the amazing Timeless Shop.

The show opened its doors earlier this month and will remain on view until shortly before Christmas.


© Mirka Lugosi, graphite and pigment ink on paper, 67 x 52 cm, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 6 - Dec 23, 2011

Address: Galerie Chantiers BoîteNoire, Hôtel Baudon de Mauny, 1 rue carbonnerie, F-34000 Montpellier, France, tel: +33(0) 6 8658 2562, email: info@leschantiersboitenoire.com

Hours: Wed - Sat: 3.30 - 7 PM

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Akino Kondoh's "KiyaKiya" at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo

by Suzanne on October 14th, 2011


Waiting (sketch) by Akino Kondoh, pencil on gesso, mounted on canvas, 2008, 26 ×38 cm - click to enlarge

Oh, Akino Kondoh! There are only few artists who can cut us so softly yet viscerally with melancholy and dreamy childhood imagery like her.

There's a way she draws her bodies with enormous economy and minimalism in the line yet absolutely bursting with voluptuousness that her girls are always suggestively frivolous and provocatively inviting us to some innocently perverted play. Lustful feral Kindfrauen - not unlike Anke Feuchtenberger's Die Hure H (The Whore H) and Fuco Ueda's dripping nymphets.

Ladybird's Requiem, which won her a YouTube award, illustrated this fluidity perfectly:

For the first time in 3 years, and after her international success as cover artist for Top Shelf's AX - A Collection of Alternative Manga, Akino presents a new animation, KiyaKiya - hopefully soon to be seen on her YouTube channel - as well as drawings, oil paintings and sketches at Tokyo's Mizuma Art Gallery.

The very sweet press release explains:

"The term "KiyaKiya" comes from the old Japanese expression "mune ga kiyakiya suru." Kondoh first encountered it in Shibusawa Tatsuhiko's “Introduction to the collection of girls” in the chapter about "childhood experiences." This expression, which describes “an enigmatic, nostalgic, disturbing feeling,” or an impression of “deja-vu”, is at the origin of the "KiyaKiya" series.

Kondoh says "very intimate things are easier to share with strangers than public ones." In the present exhibition, you will experience an uneasy and nostalgic feeling, as if you had long forgotten an important something and were about to remember it. Some memory locked down in your heart might very well resurface."

... and now, music!

On show: Oct 11 - Nov 12, 2011

Address: Mizuma Art Gallery, 2F Kagura Bldg., 3-13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843, Japan, tel: +81.3.3268.2500 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM

Press release

Catalogue: A catalogue containing 200 sketches for the animation "KiyaKiya" will be presold at the gallery. (ISBN:978-4-904292-16-7)

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James Jean's OVM Strata Animation

by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2011


OVM Strata by James Jean, graphite and digital - click for full version

Because this study for O\\\////M is so very very pretty, because I haven't featured any James Jean art here in a while and because this is my damn blog, let's just pretend this is Tumblr and I can just post ONE image sans much text cause I'm deep like that.

Make sure to check out the much more glorious, original version here since I had to drop a few frames and resize for hosting reasons.

"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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Samuel Higley's "Fit For The Plough" Riddles

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011


The Collector by Samuel Higley, oil on board, 9 x 16", 2011 - click to enlarge

Samuel Higley calls himself a "commercial artist" but as prosaic and honest that description is, it really is way too humble and limiting as his work is really captivating and he's obviously an extremely skilled craftsman.


Fit For the Plough cover by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

He first caught my eye (ouch!) with his piece The Collector from this summer (very top).


Pick a Pocket or Three (pickpocket) by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

For the past few weeks, he's been posting his Fit For The Plough series to his Tumblr by turning each ink drawing into an image riddle:

"The subjects are deformed suiting to their occupation. There’s a quote for each image to help guess what their occupation is. I’ll reveal the occupation the following Monday."


Left on the Shelf (librarian) by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

Samuel's portfolio is here and if you want to follow his Fit For The Plough riddles, make sure to check his Tumblr every Monday for a new piece and the solution to the previous one.


A Fine Catch (yet to be solved - apparently, it's not a lobster fisher...) by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

Fuco Ueda at AKI Gallery, Taipei

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011


Drawing 6 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

If you happen to be in Taipei, I'm glad to report that Fuco Ueda - queen of seductively slurping eels and erotically dripping honeycombs - is currently one half of a show taking place at AKI Gallery.

The show's title is Red & Blue and I'm just assuming she's Blue. I guess.

I was particularly excited to see her new drawings being on display - proof, if it were ever needed, that she does really excel in many media and formats.

I'm a bit confused by the exhibition being listed as "private" - this could just be a translation error but please do check with the gallery via email before visiting.

Details below.


Drawing 1 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

On show: Sep 10 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: AKI Gallery, 141 Min Tsu W. Road, Taipei 103-69, Taiwan, tel: 886-2-2599-1171, email: aki.taiwan@akigallery.com.tw

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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:

Winnie Truong's "The Fringes" at Erin Stump Projects, Toronto

by Suzanne on September 6th, 2011


© Winnie Truong

Winnie Truong - patron saint of classy mutant hypertrichotics - will soon be presenting new pencil crayon portraits to the Toronto public in a solo show aptly titled The Fringes.

The exhibition opens this Thursday, September 8, and as always, you can find all details below.

NOW GO WASH YOUR HAIR!


© Winnie Truong

Opening reception: Sep 8, 2011, 6 - 9 PM

On show: Sep 8 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: Erin Stump Projects, 1086 ½ Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H8, Canada, tel: 416-834-0005, email: info@erinstumpprojects.com

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 PM, Sun: 1 - 5 PM

Press release & preview

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"Panacea", A New Chris Conn Askew Print & MonsterBrains Honours Virgil Finlay

by Suzanne on August 29th, 2011


Panacea by Chris Conn Askew - click to enlarge

My incredibly talented and anachronistically noble friend Chris Conn Askew has a gorgeous new print available. His limited editions normally sell out really fast, cause you know, who doesn't want a lusciously curly lady with velvety puff sleeves and cat scratches on her cheek sitting in a lower jaw hanging on their walls? EXACTLY.

Panacea is a giclee print on 180gsm Hahnemühle paper, signed and numbered by the master and comes in two different sizes at 8”x10” (20x25cm) for $60 and at 14”x18” (36x46cm) for $100. Shipping is an additional $10 to anywhere in this solar system. How cool is that? VERY! Each size is strictly limited to a single edition of 250.

Needless to say that compared to what his prints tend to sell for once they've sold out, that's a fucking steal, children.

Read CC's post here on how to secure yourself a print.

I know it's one of the weirder compliments to give, but whenever I get absorbed by the ancient symbolism of Askew's art, I just cannot help thinking that had he been alive during the times of Dr. Robert Ley, he would have doubtlessly been asked to be Hauptlayouter of the Organizationsbuch der NSDAP. God, I'm truly shit at compliments, but I know he'll get it...

In other retina-tickling news, the obsessive-compulsive Aeron Alfrey of MonsterBrains fame has posted THE absolute Virgil Finlay überpost - one that even the Great Old Ones will enjoy.


© Virgil Finlay, via MonsterBrains - click to enlarge

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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