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Matsui Fuyuko print editions and exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

by Suzanne on December 6th, 2011


Keeping Up the Pureness by Matsui Fuyuko, 2005 (original) and 2010 (reproduction) – click to enlarge

Matsui Fuyuko. Insanely talented, bright, stunningly beautiful. And modest. There’s more than enough reasons to worship this artist but for me personally, it’s the fact that she wrote her doctoral dissertation on The Inescapable Awakening to Pain, through Visual Perception via the Sensory Nerves. *bites lips*

If you don’t want to take my word for it but convince yourself of her many talents, please watch this footage of her working on Carved Limbs on an Altar over here on YouTube (sadly, embedding has been disabled).

I must say it’s an absolute mystery to me why she’s not as big in the occidental art world as back in Japan but it seems that enthusiasm for her work is slowly growing and as every so often, it’s French galleries and publishing houses leading the way. And anyways, it’s not like art appreciation in the West in this apathetic and ironic century still has ANYTHING whatsoever to do with technique, ingenuity, originality, imagination or vision. Sometimes it actually seems like it’s the very opposite that’s in demand.

Anyways, back to Matsui Fuyuko: First of all, Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo in conjunction with Galerie DA-END in Paris has released a beautiful signed and limited edition box sets of Matsui‘s oeuvre containing 20 of her artworks, including the very popular Nyctalopia and Keeping Up the Pureness (above). It can be pre-ordered from Naruyama for JPY 46,000. There’s also a “KIRI” special deluxe set in an edition of 45 only which includes an engraving of the gorgeous Rough Draft for Virgin Specimen (2009, bottom) for JPY 480,000. More details on how to reserve and order here.

And before you go “Uh, that’s very pricey. Bitch!” think about what sums the likes of Mark Ryden sell BOOKS full of repetitive iconography for these days. Also check the edition size on that. Exactly. I rest my case.

And in other brilliant news, Matsui Fuyuko will have an exhibition entitled Becoming Friends with All the Children in the World which opens later this month at Yokohama Museum of Art and will remain on view until March 2012. I know it sounds like a Michael Jackson manifesto, but I’m somehow sure that’s not what it’s about at all. More details about the show below.


Rough Draft for Virgin Specimen by Matsui Fuyuko, 2009 – click to enlarge

On show: Dec 17, 2011 – Mar 18, 2012

Address: Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan, tel: +81 (0)45 221 0300 | Map

Hours: Fri – Wed: 10 AM – 6 PM

Admission: ¥1,100

Preview & press release

Artist’s website

WurzelForum discussion

Keiichi Tanaami’s “Hop Step Jump” published by Nieves

by Suzanne on October 21st, 2011


Double page from Hop Step Jump by Keiichi Tanaami, published by Nieves, 32 pages, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, color offset, 2011 – click to enlarge

I guess I have expressed my huge love affair with the small(est) press and tiny publication houses/rooms/shoeboxes here often enough by posting about releases by My Dance The Skull, Shelter Press, Le Dernier Cri, Atem Books and obviously also the now sadly defunct Kaugummi Books and Les éditions derrière la salle de bains. And everyone I forgot.

A small publisher that’s been around for a decade now releasing book after book and zine after zine is Zurich’s Nieves. Their catalogue is really diverse and eclectic and they have their own iPhone app and they’re an incredibly progressive and very driven bunch of people.

Why am I telling you all this? For mainly three reasons:

• Because a lot of small art zine publishers are struggling to survive due to a low-to-non-profit nature of their business and no-advertisement approach while doing highly important communication work for the visual arts. So they deserve your support.

• Art zines are often super cheap, a lot of them numbered and limited in edition size, lovingly produced – a lot of them screen-printed or printed on Risographs or Goccos, and they simply offer you so much more authenticity and genuinity than a glossy mag.

• Nieves has just released a little book on the art of Keiichi Tanaami and it’s super tasty and psychedelic.


Double page from Hop Step Jump by Keiichi Tanaami, published by Nieves, 32 pages, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, color offset, 2011 – click to enlarge

Hop Step Jump is a fantastic visual journey through Keiichi Tanaami‘s memories and nightmares. Born in Tokyo in 1936, he absorbed the horrors and grotesquery of warfare from early childhood and later wrote about these experiences and how they affected his art:

“I was rushed away from my childhood, a time that should be filled with eating and playing, by the enigmatic monstrosity of war; my dreams were a vortex of fear and anxiety, anger and resignation. On the night of the air raid, I remember watching swarms of people flee from bald mountaintops. But then something occurs to me: was that moment real? Dream and reality are all mixed up in my memories, recorded permanently in this ambiguous way.”

You can preview the book here and purchase it here.

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

“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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Chicago People: Kaugummi at Golden Age, one-night-only!

by Suzanne on July 8th, 2011


From Dondoro by Estelle Hanania & Hoichi Okamoto, published by Kaugummi, 2011, 48 pages, FR/EN, full colour offset, 1000 copies – click to enlarge

If you happen to find yourself in Chicago tomorrow evening: This is an event not to be missed as one of my very favourite French publishers of small press is having a retrospective displaying more than 70 zines from their 7-year publishing history.

If you’ve never heard of Kaugummi Books, you obviously haven’t been paying attention to this blog and I suggest you go stand in a corner and think about what you’ve done.


From It’s My Life by Aleksandra Waliszewska, published by Kaugummi, 2010, 20 pages, black and white on pink paper, 100 copies, handnumbered – click to enlarge

For all others: The event will take place at Golden Age from 6 – 9 PM tomorrow and I highly suggest you show up with a few bucks to support independent publishing.

Venue details below.


From Death Patrol by Stephane Prigent, published by Kaugummi, 2011, 20 pages, printed on grey paper, 100 copies, handnumbered – click to enlarge

On show: Jul 9, 2011, 6 – 9 PM

Address: Golden Age, 119 N Peoria St. #2D, Chicago, IL 60607, USA, tel: +1 312 288 8535

Opening hours: Fri – Sat: 12 – 6 PM and by appointment

Kaugummi Books

WurzelForum discussion

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.