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6 Things To Keep You Company In Desperate Times

by Suzanne on July 13th, 2011

As I'm trying my best to deal with an ever mounting misanthropy and overall sickness provoked by an insane amount of existential bullshit thrown at me while being repeatedly kicked in the guts and brains by this thing called "life", I decided to distract myself for a while and check out what some of my favourite artists have been up to. Here are a few random recent works by people I admire highly... and who help me keep going:

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Laurie Lipton: Lace & cobwebs


Lachrymose Lace by Laurie Lipton, charcoal and pencil on paper, 57 x 40.2 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

Laurie's most recent piece, Lachrymose Lace, has been opening a portal in my head. The gap in the row of pearls, the little threads sticking out of the lace, the irregularity at the bottom of the veil echoing the cobwebs, the waxy tear are all obvious signs of her artistic genius bordering on visionary madness.

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Joao Ruas: Metal & alchemy


Etching Progress by Joao Ruas, 2011 - click to enlarge

Joao recently shared this progress picture of an etching he's working on with his readers and it perfectly illustrates his love affair with the meandering line, his sincere craftsmanship and his uncanny range of talents.

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Xhxix: Casts & buttons


By Xhxix, 2011 - click to enlarge

Xhxix/非/hi likes to create a bit of mystery around himself and seems to really only have a Tumblr - which I almost certainly discovered via Nana.

Above is his newest digital piece and I think he is one of the very few artists who - with his dark yet playful eroticism - has actually turned me slightly more mellow towards the hipster male.

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Richard Stipl: Thorns & daggers


By Richard Stipl, 2011 - click to enlarge

Via Fuzzy Ladies (and therefore quintessentially via DR Tenge) come these new works by the glorious Richard Stipl.

... and finally, two disturbing visual feasts via Substrom and Sang Bleu

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"Ehm... I guess it's some kind of graphic."

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Yes, I know Possession is overused and tumblrified to the extreme, but there's something hypnotic about this piece here:

Three Quick Thoughts About the Organisation of Things

by Suzanne on June 29th, 2011

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Courtauld Gallery, London

I was supposed to go see a Toulouse-Lautrec & Jane Avril exhibition (apart from some St Vitus Dance pictures from the Salpêtrière, it wasn't worth it) but ended up staring at the gorgeous ceilings and floors of the Courtauld. Magnificent and esoteric.

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Japanese Divers

The amazingly talented and ever inspiring Amrei Hofstätter of Verticospuppets posted this on my Facebook wall the other day. Watch it - it's like Leni Riefenstahl only wetter and portrays human robotics at its finest.

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Miners' Hymns

A few months ago, Sir Substrom was kind enough to share Jóhann Jóhannson/Bill Morrison's The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World with me which visualises everything summarised by the term "epic" and I'm glad to say that the commentary-less documentary it serves as a trailer to, The Miners' Hymns, is now available on DVD from the BFI.

Take that, neofolk!

3 Videos for Your Brains, Ears and Humour Glands

by Suzanne on June 22nd, 2011

Just a couple of interesting visual and aural gems I stumbled upon in the past week that I wanted to share with you.

First up is the epic 3-part documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Adam Curtis.

Shown here is the first episode entitled Love & Power from which you will be guided onto the next two.

It has already gained some notoriety due to its strange mix of absolute brilliance followed by sometimes rather brutal simplifications but all I can say is that you should watch all three parts and you will undoubtedly come out having learned something. The topic is extremely broad and being brave enough to take on a project like this is an achievement in itself and a rarity in today's TV landscape (actually, I don't even own a TV - I'm just being patronising, heh!)

The next one is a short but sweet aural pleasure by the great John Maus that came to me via Substrom. The footage is from Lars Von Trier's Element of Crime.

John Maus - Cop Killer from George Tanasie on Vimeo.

And finally, something that's funny cause it's true by Charlotte Young:

That's that. Over and out.

Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin at Crypt Gallery, London

by Suzanne on May 19th, 2011

UPDATE MAY 25, 2011: Here are a few installation images of the ISAM as well as her ongoing Nymphidia show at Danielle Arnaud taken from my Flickr (incl. 2 older photos of Tessa's work):


From the Little Savages series by Tessa Farmer, 2007 - click to enlarge

This sure sounds like a very promising audio-visual collaboration: Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin will be showing ISAM - Control over Nature in London and Paris.

Opening at St Pancras Church's amazing Crypt Gallery this coming week, Farmer's apocalyptic insect savages will provide the backdrop for Tobin's new soundscapes contained within his new album.

From their press release:

"The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ISAM: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things."

Ethereal photographs of Farmers's intricate work shot by Pelle Crepin will also feature in the limited edition booklet that's been released with Tobin's new album.

Audio-visual live performances of ISAM will be held throughout June in Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London. Please refer to the ISAM site for more information. Details of the London show below.

Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer 'ISAM: Control Over Nature' Preview from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.


Opening reception: Wed, May 25, 2011, 6 - 9 PM

On show: May 26 - June 3, 2011

Address: Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA, tel: 020 7388 1461, email: info@cryptgallery.org.uk | Map

Gallery hours: 11 AM - 5 PM

Press release

Artist's website

Tessa Farmer on the WurzelForum®


... and in other visionary, sequential and plain heartbreaking news:

i) Check out Winnie Truong's amazing studies:

ii) Kindred spirit Lynn Kost is leaving Lucerne's Fumetto Comix Festival after 7 years - 5 of which directing it - and he will be greatly missed as he combined nerd-dom and connoisseurship like no other and I'm actually pretty devastated about this news. So long, Lynn... (,_,)

iii) Li-Wan and Guo Zhongfan both had a day they'll never forget...

Bits and Pieces of Such Utter Randomness That You Might Want to Call a Nurse

by Suzanne on May 4th, 2011

Behold these news items of great importance and visual beauty that I found while clearing out my tabs...

Why make separate posts when you can squash everything together in one? EXACTLY!

JESSICA HARRISON


Sculpture from Jessica Harrison's Breaking series, photo by Wurzeltod , 2011 - click to enlarge

I reported about her current London solo show here and I'm happy to say that Jealous Gallery allowed me to take pictures of her sculptures. You can find them over here on Flickr.

DOUG FOSTER / UNKLE


Heretics' Gate by Doug Foster/Unkle, photo by Wurzeltod , 2011 - click to enlarge

Last weekend, after my visit to Jealous, I took a stroll down Camden Road and ended up at the beautifully dilapidated St Michael's church where Doug Foster is currently showing his Heretics' Gate (music by UNKLE). Do check it out if you're near Camden.

FEEBRILE


Improvisation avec Lizzie by Féebrile, 2011 - click to enlarge (slightly)

.. and staying goff, I stumbled upon Féebrile's most gorgeous photo yet. It's entitled Improvisation avec Lizzie and it's one of the most painting-like photographs my eyes have ever seen. Such beauty.

ALEX CF


Pharaoh Nophru ka by Alex CF, 2011 - click to enlarge (slightly)

Alex CF is on a creative roll. He's crafted his most astonishing mummy to date, Pharaoh Nophru ka, and is looking for people to collaborate on a new project:

"Over the next year I will be making my own interpretation of alice in wonderland. Call it trite, but I believe my take on this classic childrens books will be original enough to warrant its creation. I am making all of the practical effects myself, and I am slowly but surely roping in a number of friends to help me film, edit and produce the short. I am looking for anyone willing to help out, from location seeking to costume to acting.

Read on

DR TENGE

Yes, he's back. The Elder Gods have heard our prayers.

OLIVIER TEXIER'S TAROT TARE

Who's just released the one tarot deck that's literally going to kill all tarot decks? That's right, Le Dernier Cri and Olivier Texier have.

You can buy it here for ridiculously cheap €25.

10LEC6 + OKAMOTO

Estelle Hanania shared this amazing video with the internets the other day and I thought you might like it too. Filmed by Simon Bernheim.

I SAW THE DEVIL

Shit title, great film. Go see it.

RMF's MisanthroPop

by Suzanne on March 29th, 2011



Yo, beautiful people of the internets!

I thought I should let you know about a wee little website/blog I made for my glorious other half, The Fenner®.

It's called MisanthroPop and on it you can:

• find information about his musical projects and upcoming gigs
• read his MISANTHROPIA! - The Greatest Country in the World zine (issue #1 will go online soon, once issue #2 is out)
buy his limited edition 7" with AMERICANMADE and LOBOTOMOBILE on it
• subscribe to his newsletter.

I reckon I'm biased, but I think that's all pretty damn sweet!

Re:fulbright - Y by misanthropop

Laibach Kunst exhibition at Maribor Art Gallery, Slovenia

by Suzanne on March 1st, 2011


Flyer for Laibach Kunst Perspektive 1980 - 2011 - click to enlarge

Sadly, this post comes a few days late for the opening and press conference which, knowing Laibach, were surely epic, but still: Laibach Kunst Perspektive 1980 - 2011 is on show at Maribor Art Gallery in, yes, you guessed it, Slovenia, until mid-April.

The gallery's press release states:

The exhibition comprises twelve rooms presenting key stages of Laibach’s work from the first decade of their career in the 1980s up to the present. The works on display include multi-media installations, oil paintings, photographs, graphic works, and film. A new installation created especially for this exhibition, titled Artist Perspective, will be on view. This is the biggest Laibach Kunst exhibition in Slovenia to date.

On show: Feb 24 - Apr 17, 2011

Address: UGM, Maribor Art Gallery, Strossmayerjeva ulica 6, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: €2

Press release & preview

Yellow Magic Orchestra's (YMO) "Rydeen"

by Suzanne on February 7th, 2011

As old as the Wurzeltod® and still so damn sweet, or, as the learned drtenge quite correctly observes:

"These guys just drip sex...they're pure animals, what woman could resist YMO?"


© These guys

Thanks to the ever deliriously glorious Same Hat! for linking me to this and to our dear leader Warren Ellis for posting about my continuing Art Nerd struggle today.

by suzanne_tumblr on November 5th, 2010

Bats can really do it. (Bats by Oto on Anyway)

by suzanne_tumblr on October 19th, 2010

substrom:

blank dogs  ~  another language

What I said before.

Don’t worry, I’ll go fishing now.