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Liberty Snake Episode Nine at The Horatia, London, Nov 4

by Suzanne on October 31st, 2011


Flyer for LS 009, artwork: Scene im Hades from Jugend 1896 - click to enlarge

The great MisanthroPop kindly invites you to the 9th installment of The Liberty Snake - taking place at London's Horatia this Friday, November 4, 2011.

If you're on Facebook, you can click here to RSVP and you'll be on the cheap list (£3 instead of £4).

There will be free Misanthropia - The Greatest Country in the World zines and mix CDs to take away while supplies last.

I'll be doing the door/merch stand/free art ranting & fortune telling desk and there will be lots of great music:

LIVE

Now Wash Your Hands (Power Electronics from Nottingham, UK)

"Nathan Nothing was failing at music so he decided the only option left was to take up noise (or power electronics to be specific). He also wanted an outlet for his grumpy foul tempers and to humiliate himself onstage for others' amusement wearing special costumes. There is nothing more important than being clean and nothing cleans the head out better than a healthy blast of noise! (Always wash your hands). Death to false noise!"

Soft Riot (London, UK)

"A casual project that formed in the mid-naughties under the original name JJ Wax, Soft Riot’s original angle was “ambient punk”, fusing elements of drone-y post-rock, minimal wave electronics, synthesizer-based cinema soundtracks and a bit of chordal mass composition."

DJS

• Sereina Noelle Winters (Berlin/California)

Emi Trashbeat & Zevoa (Never Come Back)

Misanthro-Pop Release DJs


Flyer for LS 009 - click to enlarge

WTF IS THIS SHIT?!

Formed in February 2007, The Liberty Snake is a sporadic music event that attempts to provide a lighthearted night of fun and dancing for people with a particular taste.

The club first started out with a heavy emphasis on French cold-wave and industrial music, but now has a much broader focus, playing several different genres of "oddities" and anti-music.

The Liberty Snake is hosted by Robert M Fenner (Nurvuss, RMF-Noir, No Kisses)

cold-wave / no-wave / bad-trip / minimal / gloom jazz / misanthropop / new savage / post-industrial soul / port-mortem / post-office / oddities / no italo disco

Nathalie Djurberg's "A World of Glass" at Camden Arts Centre, London

by Suzanne on October 6th, 2011


A World of Glass (film still) by Nathalie Djurberg, 2011, courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery NY - click to enlarge

You pretty much know it's going to be a great exhibition when the press release states that "some works in this exhibition touch on issues of a sensitive nature that may not be suitable for children."

So we're coming from one hot young female artist to another hot young female artist: This time, it's Nathalie Djurberg who I've featured here a couple of times before.

From tomorrow Friday, October 7 onwards, Nathalie will be showing A World of Glass, four new claymation pieces with music by the always faithful Hans Berg at the Camden Arts Centre in London.

The show will be on until early 2012 so you'll have plenty of time to check it out. AND YOU SHOULD!

Because they're new films, video footage itself is obviously not online yet so all we have are still images but it does all look very promising indeed.

From the press release:

"A World of Glass consists of four new synchronised films with a soundtrack produced by Djurberg’s collaborator Hans Berg, presented amongst an immersive installation of glass-like objects. Another new installation will flood the central space with luminous colour, and a series of earlier animations will be shown in the Reading Room."

The press release creeps me out a bit because I was just thinking of Goya when it mentioned Goya further down so I won't be quoting any more from it but fetch the tinfoil hat.

And in case you've never heard of Nathalie Djurberg until just now, here's what you can expect (well, it's one of her more creatively perverted pieces, and therefore one of my very favourites...)

On show: Oct 7, 2011 - Jan 8, 2012

Address: Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG, UK, tel: +44 (0)20 7472 5500, email: info@camdenartscentre.org | Directions

Hours: Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM, Wed: 10 AM - 9 PM

Press release & preview

WurzelForum discussion

In unrelated yet somewhat related news since I’ve been writing, editing, researching, coding, heck, even napping and falling in love on Macs for ages now:

R.I.P. Steve Jobs. You’ll live on in all these shiny things that have enabled me to do what I love doing. You have improved my life tremendously and in return I’ve given you lots of money, so I see it as a clear win-win situation.

Thank you and goodbye.

P.S.: Comments containing the phrase "capitalist pig" will be ignored for at least 24 hours.

Satanic Chairs

by Suzanne on October 2nd, 2011

I think the time has finally come, children, to close the internets and just let this play on repeat for it will never get any better than this. Ever.

Same Hat! found it. Of course.

Laurie Lipton's "The Carnival Of Death" at Last Rites, New York

by Suzanne on September 30th, 2011


Sisters by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper - click to enlarge

Laurie Lipton. Featured here many times before and someone who really doesn't need an introduction anymore. I guess it's no coincidence that her upcoming solo show The Carnival Of Death at Last Rites opens on the day my granddad would have turned 101. But he's been dead for ages and undoubtedly a very handsome skeleton by now.

Knowing Laurie, I bet she also found it terribly funny to have the opening mark Children's Day in Singapore, World Vegetarian Day, the Independence Day of Tuvalu from the UK, International Day of Older Persons (cause Laurie's like TOTALLY ANCIENT - she was the first person ever to have a fine arts degree in drawing!) and of course, being a filthy commie, the National Day of the People's Republic of China. (Yo, thanks, Wiki!)

Put all of the above information together, add mind-boggling graphite details, cobwebbed Victoriana, anatomy lessons filled with the darkest of humour, lace and crochet that tells stories of homicide sweet homicide, ruffs made of spiderwebs and bone dust, tiaras and chandeliers made of spines, leg and pelvic bones like you're in fucking Sedlec, iconographic attributes so very batcave they'd make Dürer's Melencolia I hand over her goff laurels in despair.

Laurie Lipton really is dizzyingly joyful macabre decadence at its best: The dead bury the living.

Or as Laurie puts it:

"Skulls always look like they're laughing. Maybe the joke is on us?”

The Carnival Of Death opens this Saturday, October 1, and Laurie will be giving a talk and book signing with poisoned tea and anthrax cakes the day after.

Bring your children - it doesn't matter if they're half rotten. The deader the merrier.


Bone China by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Oct 1, 2011, 7 - 11 PM

On show: Oct 1 - 23, 2011

Address: Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, NYC, USA, tel: 212.529.0666, email: info@lastritesgallery.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 2 - 9 PM, Sun: 2 - 6 PM

Preview | Press release | Talk & book signing

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Dr. Paul Koudounaris' "Empire of Death" at La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles

by Suzanne on September 18th, 2011


St. Pancratius, Wil, Switzerland by Dr. Paul Koudounaris - click to enlarge

Back in June this year, I suggested Paul Koudounaris' ForteanTimes article Bones with Bling - The amazing jewelled skeletons of Europe for reading and those of you who followed my order friendly invitation will be very familiar with the topic discussed here, indeed with most of the image material as well.

If we go even further back, to June 2009, some very eager WurzelForum® members might remember an article entitled Sisterhood of the Skulls about the Neapolitan caves where a cult of old women "adopt" human skulls which was also written by the great Mr Koudounaris.


The remains of St Maximus, Basilica of Waldsassen by Dr. Paul Koudounaris - click to enlarge

For the past few years, Paul Koudounaris has been traveling to churches, crypta and catacombs around the world to compile a comprehensive study of vanitas rites and memento mori decorations of our collective religiously morbid past.

In October, his efforts will be published by Thames & Hudson in a beautiful tome containing 250 full-color and 50 black-and-white photographs entitled Emipre of Death - A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses and this coming Saturday, Sep 24, Hollywood's La Luz de Jesus gallery is holding an opening reception and book signing with the artist. A bit far away from the majority of subjects of his studies, but OH WELL, we Europeans can't have everything - after all, we got most of the actual relics, so we still totally win all the way. Details below.

If you're on the East Coast and near New York, you might want to wait until October 13, when Paul will be giving a lecture at The Observatory Room and sign his monograph in an event organised by the great Joanna of Morbid Anatomy.


Holy Martyr Theodosius, Waldsassen by Dr. Paul Koudounaris - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Sep 24, 7 - 10 PM - includes book signing

On show: Sep 24 - Oct 3, 2011

Address: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA, tel: 323-666-7667, email: info@laluzdejesus.com

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11 AM - 7 PM, Thu - Sat: 11 AM - 9 PM, Sun: 12 - 6 PM

Preview & press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

"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.

WurzelForum discussion

September YouTube Finds: Rathergood, SRL, Chatbots, Hot Dogs, Demon Kogure, Arino, Godzilla Bukkake & More

by Suzanne on September 6th, 2011

An irresponsibly random and certainly headache-inducing selection of YouTube videos in no logical order whatsoever that people who are not following me on Twitter will most probably have missed:

The amazing When Clive Was Alive by Rathergood (via Substrom)

Survival Research Lab’s A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief from 1988 (via Binnorie)

Two chatbots talking to each other (via Valentina Tanni)

"If I was a hot dog everyone would love me!" (via Misanthropop)

Kiyohiko Senba & The Haniwa All-Stars feat. Demon Kogure (via Substrom)

Misanthropop loops Arino in I Can't Leave You Alone

Godzilla Bukkake! (via Misanthropop)

Keine Ahnung: Im Himmel with violin by Hermann Kopp (via ILLFM)

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.


Click images to enlarge

GIFification of Junji Ito's "Uzumaki"

by Suzanne on July 30th, 2011


Animated version of Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Same Hat recently posted a couple of simplistic yet captivating GIFified versions of the great Uzumaki - what a fantastic way to start the weekend!


Animated version of Uzumaki by Junji Ito

If you've never read Uzumaki you can find it in its scanlated entirety here.


Animated version of Uzumaki by Junji Ito

I respect Junji Ito not only highly for his vast contribution to the horror manga industry - which earned him a Kazuo Umezu Prize - but also for his years of dedication to and obsession with the high art of dentistry because, let's face it, teeth are a WAY creepier thing than anything he's ever drawn.


Animated version of Uzumaki by Junji Ito

So click here for more Uzumaki GIF fun and here for random GIF fun.

The Work of Santiago Caruso

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2011


La Condesa Sangrienta, book illustration, by Santiago Caruso, 2009 - click to enlarge

Focussing mainly on exhibiting artists, I tend to not really profile as many young artists as I'd like to and it's often illustrators that don't get nearly as much exposure here as they do over on the WurzelForum.

Anyway, whenever someone whose oeuvre I've been admiring for a good while takes the time to write a lovely little email, I will obviously make an exception to the normal posting schedule and devote a little feature to said individual.

So yesterday, the great Buenos Aires born and based Santiago Caruso invited me to check out his work and even though I was very familiar with it already - thanks to the fabulous Jon Beinart - he inspired me to explore his website further and dive into his incredibly vast archive of works.

For someone who's still in his 20s, the technical versatility, the effortless switching between genres, the treatment of historical and fictional subjects alike is deeply impressive and awe-inspiring.


Invocation by Santiago Caruso - click to enlarge

You could commission Santiago to create you anything between a black metal album cover and the design for a trashy romance novel. He's done it all.

Browsing through his galleries, you'll find yourself reminded of artists as diverse as Joel-Peter Witkin, Giorgio de Chirico, Odd Nerdrum, Jan Saudek, Francisco Goya, H R Giger and Hieronymus Bosch, to mention only a few.

In a dizzying whirlwind of surrealist theatrical compositions, you'll stumble over visual themes such as Lustmord, danses macabres, anatomical écorchés, eldritch abominations and witches' sabbaths.

Personally, I always find myself immediately drawn to his trichromatic works in black/white/red; I think that's where his genius and the way his mind and hand have absorbed history and art history come through the strongest.

You can find Santiago's website here, his blog here and he's selling original works online here.


Yira, Yira by Santiago Caruso - click to enlarge

In other news, thank fuck for poeTV and Shelley Duvall: