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by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2012
019 by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2007, wax, epoxy, metal, glass, wood, blankets, 293.5 x 517 x 77.5 cm, Collection Claude Berri © Andri Stadler- click to enlarge
I’ve often raved about Berlinde‘s art on here - in fact, her work even invades my everyday life as arty backdrop - so I’ll spare you the superlatives but instead just want to make you aware that if you’re Melbourne-based, you now have less than a week left to catch her fascinating We Are All Flesh show at the ACCA.
In case you were wondering: Yes, Berlinde did have a show with the same title three years ago at Hauser & Wirth in London but it seems that different and lots of newly commissioned works are on display in Melbourne.
If you’re not yet familiar with her work, the 15-minute interview below offers a great introduction into her vision, process and technique but of course will neither replace the olfactory, visceral and epidermic qualities of the wax, skin, hair and fabrics she uses for her sculptures, nor explain the necrophiliac alchemistic ways in which she can turn branches into limbs, tree trunks into fresh corpses by masterfully applying an organic colour palette (pinks for skin, off-white for adipose tissue, greys/greens/blues for the circulatory system) onto wax with which she can control, halt and synthesise transformation, decay, death.
If you’re not in Australia but in.. who knows.. Turkey, you can also catch her Wound show at the ARTER Space for Art in Istanbul until August 26 where she has inspired Vincent Dunoyer to dance Bruyckeresque choreographies in the exhibition space surrounded by her sculptures.
Details for the Istanbul show can be found here. The information below is for the ACCA exhibition.
On show: Jun 2 – Jul 29, 2012
Hours: Tue – Fri: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sat – Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM, Mon: By appointment
by Suzanne on February 28th, 2012
Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton – Henry Wallis) by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, 2011, digital chromogenic print, framed: 58 5/8 x 71 1/4 in. (148.91 x 180.98 cm) – click to enlarge
To be perfectly honest with you, I would even post about this show if I didn’t like a single artwork on display other than Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton) (top) because channeling my favourite accidental (?) suicide painting of all time will always get you a mention on here.
Oh, wait, and there’s that… that fucking machine… err… pardon me, Anti-Hysteria Device (bottom). Yeah.
For Addio del Passato, British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare has once again worked with his signature fabrics and created beautifully lavish costumes in bold colours and absolutely delectable opulent interiors achieving a gorgeous chiaroscuro of fabrics, textures and complexions so rich that you’re almost forgetting you’re actually looking at scenes of death. Well, at least a series of photographic re-enactments of famous death and suicide scenes of art history.
Btw, if you missed Yinka‘s beautiful Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle on Trafalgar Square’s Forth Plinth, you might be able to see it at the National Maritime Museum in future if their campaign to save it from being sold is successful. Meanwhile, Elmgreen and Dragset have put a semi-nude very camp golden boy ridin’ a poneh in its place and I’m of course always very pleased about any kind of prepuberty sleaze in public squares.
Anti-Hysteria Device by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, 2011, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, wood, metal with motor, 30 3/8 x 41 x 18 7/8 in. (77 x 104 x 48 cm), photograph: Stephen White – click to enlarge
On show: Feb 16 – Mar 24, 2012
Address: James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street New York NY 10001, USA, tel: 212.714.9500, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Tue – Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM
by Suzanne on February 22nd, 2012
Director/writer team Gisèle Vienne and Dennis Cooper have been working as a pair on theatre projects since 2004 and are now presenting a series of haunting productions, puppets and portraits at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Their show Teenage Hallucination evokes uncanny memories of the Chapman Brothers‘ army of creepy mutant girls (particularly the brothers’ recent hybrid girl army with THEY TEACH US NOTHING swastika hoodies).
However, Gisèle‘s Olimpias are a lot less grotesque and hyperreal than the Chapman‘s creations but more cracked and broken in their appearance and there’s a subtle sense of mutilated and traumatised individuality in her adolescents’ intimidated stares and serious outfits.
39 dolls will be on show as an installation accompanied by a beautifully shot photographic documentation of Gisèle‘s work with and on them.
Also on show will be Gisèle‘s and Dennis‘ newest theatrical piece which was produced in collaboration with Stephen O’Malley of SunnO))) fame (working on sound as well as wall drawing designs) entitled Last Spring: A Prequel (a trailer has not emerged yet, sadly, but will be added to this post later).
But that’s still not all because Teenage Hallucination is part of a festival at the Centre Pompidou that’s packed with talks, presentations and screenings with other artists, filmmakers and authors and this coming Sunday promises to be particularly interesting/provoking with a presentation of Peter Sotos’ Mine Kept and Pierre Dourthe (Hans Bellmer author) discussing The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.
The full programme of festival events is here. It’s quite intense if not slightly insane. Teenage Hallucination itself has opened tonight and will remain on view until March 12. Further details below.
On show: Feb 22 – Mar 12, 2012
Hours: Daily: 11 AM – 9 PM
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.)
ART FEATURES & REVIEWS
HISTORY & SCIENCE
by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011
The Two Tempting Heracles by Joao Ruas, graphite and watercolour on acetate and heavyweight paper, 2011 – click to enlarge
Been umming and ahhing whether I should announce this or not as I must honestly admit that, at least from what I’ve seen in the preview, some of the subtleties in the facial features seem a bit more rushed than usual and the Ruasesque obsession with suggestive gestures appears to be more in the background while more attention is focussed on layering of fabrics and hair. Which is not necessarily a negative thing but it’s a bit omnipresent at the moment with Eric Fortune and Tran Nguyen moving in a somewhat similar direction.
Having said that, most of these works are still in progress and the piece above did convince me and has pretty much everything I’m looking for in a Ruas and some anatomical details are indeed rather breathtaking – like the ecstatic definition of the toes and the toning of the belly in this new piece here.
Yore opens this coming Saturday, November 5, at Thinkspace and will remain on view until November 26. Details below.
Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 5, 2011, 5 – 8 PM, artist will be in attendance
On show: Nov 5 – 26, 2011
Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: email@example.com
Hours: Wed – Fri: 1 – 6 PM, Sat: 1 – 8 PM
by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011
Lots of announcements to post so I’ll keep these all fairly short.
From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke
On show will be a new series of works, but I decided to illustrate this post with one of her most powerful past series: Ritual Memories – for all those of you who are new to her haunting work.
From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke
Crowns and Gladiola will investigate the following:
“The photographic portraits featured in “Crowns and Gladiola” take as their inspiration the Yona Wallach poem, “Jonathan,” in which the author imagines herself a young boy being slain by other children wielding gladiola as swords.
Here, Iwajla Klinke’s fascination with human ritual – previously explored through portraits of young male subjects adorned in arcane religious cloths – is expanded to explore cultural practices situated even further from the center of mainstream Occidental discourse.
Idylls from Wallach’s poem are interpreted almost literally in portraits of fencers; a series of models bearing bridal crowns evoke a not-so-distant time when girls of a similar age had their futures determined for them through arranged marriage.”
You can read the full press release here. The show will remain on view until November 26. Details below.
From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke
On show: Nov 5 – Nov 26, 2011
Hours: Tue – Sat: 12 – 6 PM
by Suzanne on October 20th, 2011
Nagi Noda, 1973 – 2008
Nagi Noda – the incredibly talented multi-genre artist, director, designer, fashion and hair visionary who died in the prime of her creative career three years ago is finally being honoured with a retrospective of her astonishingly diverse work in Tokyo, where she lived and worked.
Creation Gallery will be showing lots of previously unseen works and certainly some of her well-known animal haircuts/hats, superb photographs and some of her fantastically imaginative videos like Mariko Takahashi’s Poodle Fitness Video which beyond doubt influenced such
annoying obnoxious OKAY OKAY kinda cute things as this.
So if you’re in Tokyo, do go down to Creation Gallery to celebrate the short sweet life and jubliant work of this stellar woman.
On show: Oct 18 – Nov 18, 2011
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM
Thanks for the reminder, Gestalten!
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.
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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Wed – Sat: 3.30 – 7 PM
by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2011
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.
Opening reception: Wed, Sep 28, 2011, 7 PM onwards – artist will be in attendance
On show: Sep 29, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012
Hours: Tue, Fri – Sun: 10 AM – 7 PM, Wed-Thu: 10 AM – 10 PM
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: email@example.com
Opening hours: Mon – Wed: 11 AM – 7 PM, Thu – Sat: 11 AM – 9 PM, Sun: 12 – 6 PM