Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Archive for the Moving Images category

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)

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

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.

Hugo Arcier's "Woman With A Cube"

by Suzanne on September 29th, 2011

Degeneration - woman with a cube from Hugo Arcier on Vimeo.

Every now and again, you stumble upon a visual or musical description that perfectly sums up some very bad drug-induced trip you had in your past.

This post-cubist piece here by French digital artist Hugo Arcier would probably be K and should be accompanied by Nurse With Wound's Ketamineaphonia from their 2008 album Huffin' Rag Blues for an even more papery groovy feel.

The artist himself says about this piece:

"All my 3D objects are afflicted with a degenerative disease. Gripped by terror, they understand what fate awaits them. Gradually they disintegrate, face after face they lose their appearance, with a fatal outcome. In this way the 3D objects die.”

Don't do drugs, kids, do art.

And drugs. If you really cannot help it.

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.

Gabríela Friðriksdóttir's "Crepusculum" at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2011


By Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, courtesy Cueto Project - click to enlarge

From the witchy hands of Gabríela Friðriksdóttir comes Crepusculum - her newest archaic-organic, proto-pagan, neo-ritualistic, chaos-elemental project . Yes, I made all these words up.

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.


Still from Björk's Where is the Line? by Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, courtesy Cueto Project - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Wed, Sep 28, 2011, 7 PM onwards - artist will be in attendance

On show: Sep 29, 2011 - Jan 8, 2012

Address: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt, Germany, tel: +49.69.299882.0, email: welcome@schirn.de | Directions

Hours: Tue, Fri - Sun: 10 AM - 7 PM, Wed-Thu: 10 AM - 10 PM

Admission: €5

Press release

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

Quay Brothers' "Through the Weeping Glass" in Philadelphia, New York & L.A.

by Suzanne on September 15th, 2011


Still from Through the Weeping Glass by the Quay Brothers, via Morbid Anatomy

A while ago, the lovely Joanna of Morbid Anatomy fame shared the details for the premiere of Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) - the Quay Brothers' new 30 min documentary film for and about the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum.

Apart from an exhibition at the Mütter itself, there's also going to be three screenings of the new movie, the first one on Sep 22 in Philadelphia at the Mütter, a 2nd one will take place on Sep 24 at the MoMA in New York and the final screening will be presented by L.A.'s fantastic Museum of Jurassic Technology on Sep 27 at the Cary Grant Theatre.

Now, as this has been advertised for a while already, it seems that the screening at the Mütter is sold out but there's a waiting list. The MoMA listing doesn't have any booking information so I must assume it's sold out too and so is the L.A. event. HOWEVER, as we all know from sold-out events, if you are smart and eager enough, I'm sure you can get hold of a ticket... somehow. Darwinism and all that.

And you know why it's totally worth the effort? Cause, yes, the brothers will be present at all three screenings for talks and questions.

Some time after these initial screenings, the film will be made available on DVD with an accompanying booklet. I'll keep you posted on that.

In the highly unlikely case you've never heard of the Quay Brothers, here's the visually epic 2nd part of one of my favourite works by them, Street of Crocodiles from 1986 (1st part is here if you want to watch in context).

And if you like what you see, do check out the works of Jan Svankmajer and Ladislas Starevich - again, only in the unlikely case you live under a rock.

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:

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)