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Archive for April, 2005

Biology, fakes and short films

by Juju on April 29th, 2005

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En el interior del cuerpo humano
Reopening old wounds... a return to biological visual delights (yes yes I know I'm obsessed)

Whilst depriving myself of sleep and much needed circulation to my legs last weekend at Dead By Dawn I had an epiphany or perhaps it was just some sort of reaction to the abuse I was subjecting myself to. The long and short of it was that I should try and find some of the short films online to share... so here's the first two.

Duck Children - Sam Walker and the rest from Arm and Eye films
Monsters - Rob Morgan, I actually much preferred his animations but sadly I couldn't locate any of them online - but I am tempted to buy his DVD

Anyone been to see Kutlug Ataman's Kuba? It looks pretty interesting to me but there is no way I can manage to go :(


Love taxidermy but squeamish about the squishy bits? The solution is here!

This weekend I will be mostly found at Dark City, where there will be some good things, some bad things and the usual assortment of over indulgences ;)

Oh, and...

by Suzanne G. on April 28th, 2005

... sweet dreams everyone! :)


© yakmonkey - click to enlarge

19 Years in the Land of the Dead

by Suzanne G. on April 26th, 2005


© Jan Saudek (1)
(click to enlarge)

One night I heard a noise. I looked out the window. He saw me. "Close the window and go back to sleep. There's a fire at the reactor. I'll be back soon."

I didn't see the explosion itself. Just the flames. Everything was radiant. The whole sky. A tall flame. And smoke. The heat was awful. And he's still not back. The smoke was from the burning bitumen, which had covered the roof. He said later it was like walking on tar.

At seven in the morning I was told he was in the hospital. I ran there but the police had already encircled it, and they weren't letting anyone through, only ambulances. The policemen shouted: "The ambulances are radioactive stay away!" [...]

I saw him. He was all swollen and puffed up. You could barely see his eyes. [...]

I tell the nurse: "He's dying." And she says to me: "What did you expect? He got 1,600 roentgen. Four hundred is a lethal dose. You're sitting next to a nuclear reactor."

(Lyudmilla Ignatenko, wife of a fireman)

On April 26, 1986, the No 4 reactor at the Chernobyl power station blew apart. Facing nuclear disaster on an unprecedented scale, Soviet authorities tried to contain the situation by sending thousands of ill-equipped men into a radioactive maelstrom.

Please take some minutes of your time today to visit The Guardian's special report on the Ukraine

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PICTURE INDEX

Jan Saudek: Susanne (1979)

Jan Saudek: Fate Descends towards the River Leading Two Innocent Children (1970)

Jan Saudek was born on May 13, 1935, the son of a bank clerk in Prague. His father survives the Theresienstadt concentration camp where his six brothers die.

Swallow your soul!

by Juju on April 21st, 2005

Se7en Redux - a rather bizarre rendition of Se7en using stuffed toys.

Michael Goesele, New York based photographer & designer

Hollywood native Elizabeth Mcgrath frequently featured but worth another look, go on you know you want to...

Casket Furniture it's like Ikea for goffik types it is :P

Soviet architecture that never was, from Boing Boing where most of you have probably seen it but I loved it too much not to include it.

To close, Dead by Dawn In Edinburgh from tonight right through until Sunday late, a very few inconvenient necessary breaks in between. No prizes for guessing what Juju is doing this weekend.

... Get a sandwich. Or ten.

by Suzanne G. on April 17th, 2005

MARION, MARK & ERIC IN WONDERLAND


© Marion Peck - click to enlarge

Yesterday evening marked the opening of the Au Pays des Merveilles show at Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris - featuring the works of The Clayton Brothers, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden & Eric White.

A limited edition catalogue will be available during the show.

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JAMES IN EISNERLAND


© James Jean - click to enlarge

Eisner Award-winning artist James Jean - who has just updated his portfolio site - is showing a wide range of his works at the Super 7 Store in S.F. until May 11, 2005.

Super 7 Store is also offering James' new book Process Recess, which collects much of his work, including his amazing sketchbooks.

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TINE IN PSYCHOLAND


© Tine Drefahl - click to enlarge

29-year-old German artist Tine Drefahl is presenting both samples of her photography work and drawings at Alexandre Zellermayer Fine Art in Berlin until May 14, 2005.

Click here for more details (in German)

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ALL THINGS UNSOFT, NASTY & ILLICIT


© Fiona Dalwood - click to enlarge

Audrey Kawasaki's solo show entitled not so soft... opens on Friday, April 22, 2005, 7 - 11 PM at the Black Market in L.A..

• If you are in Melbourne on Saturday, April 30, 2005, you shouldn't miss the opening of the Nasty - The Group Show That's Not Very Nice exhibition - featuring delicious works of delicate female artists such as Shannon Hourigan, Fiona Dalwood, Rachel Fung et al.

• Meanwhile in Auckland, Misery, Fawn E Gehweiler & Co. proudly present the Illicit Group Show that will be running until the end of April.

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ALL THINGS SHIFTING, FOREIGN, OBSCURE & SHADOWY


© Harri Halme - click to enlarge

SHIFT | 101 is out now! Thank the tentacled gods for Japanistan! :)

• The Polish avantgarde art magazine WebEsteem - my favourite little pocket museum - is back with a new version full of little gems for you to explore.

• One of our old favourites, Conclave Obscurum, has relaunched and I'm glad to say that it's more disturbing than ever...

• Harri Halme updated his portfolio site ShadowMechanics and added some stunning new works.

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ALL THINGS FECAL, ROUGH, EARTHLY & GOREY


© Edward Gorey for Gorey Details - click to enlarge

FecalFace™ comes new with a Blogs/Columns section. Hell yes!

The Glade brings us the limited Holy Book ov NeckFace - Satan's Bride. Yeah.. I didn't believe it either. o_O

Humus 3 has arrived safely back on Earth. Weeeeez!

• The magnificent Gorey Details Shoppe is having a Monster Sale.

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ALL THINGS WYRD


Theatre Troupe (N.N.) - click to enlarge

Mark Pilkington cordially invites you all to celebrate the launch of Strange Attractor - Journal Two at The Horse Hospital at Russell Square in London on Friday, April 22, 2005, from 8 PM onwards.

Collectors' Edition Journals will be on sale.

Entry is free to all. Bring friends. Spread the word. Eat Download the flyer.

Oh, and if any of you London busy bees happens to be in the area - Corran (... I'm so glad you're back online, C.), Mike, Seetal, anyone? - could you maybe buy a collectors' edition for me? If it's not too expensive, that is.

I'll pay you back in donkey brains and otter noses in whatever currency you like best (incl. my flatmates' dirty underwear).

Thankies. :)

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ALL THINGS UNDER YOUR FLOORBOARDS


(The image above is precisely 76.2743% less disturbing than Rubber Johnny...)

"Rubber Johnny is a hyperactive, shape-shifting mutant child, kept locked away in a basement. With only his feverish imagination and his terrified dog for company, he finds ways to amuse himself in the dark."

Rubber Johnny is the latest creation from Chris Cunningham, featuring music by Aphex Twin (Quelle surprise!). To be released May 23, 2005, on DVD with a 40-page book of Chris' accompanying sketches and artwork.

N.B.: There's a spanking new interview with Cunningham online over at PIXELSURGEON.

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BECK HANSEN APPRECIATION CORNER

After introducing Beck's amazing new videos to Black Tambourine and Hell Yes, I now bring you the amazing E-pro clip - directed by, you guessed it, Shynola - the insane team behind Blur's unforgettable Good Song video.

I've just been informed that due to overwhelming public demand, Beck has announced a second date at London Hammersmith Apollo. Already confirmed for Thursday, June 2, he will now also play Wednesday, June 1, 2005.

Yay!

In other noisy news, Autechre (recently featured here) release their new album Untilted tomorrow, April 18, 2005.

Click here for pre-orders & tour dates and here for KultureFlash's interview with Ae.

(Jesus Christ! Couldn't you at least change your raincoats every half a year, boys?!? We all know The North Face™ is cool - but you're not yetis, goddamnit!)

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PERSONAL S(T)IGMA

Reason No. 5 To Have Kids:

They make the cuddliest Nazi mascots! (Example I | II)

(c.f. previous issues: Reason No. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

And in terribly saddening news, university has started again and even my beloved Fumetto Comix Festival Lucerne had to begin without me. Expect blogging to slow down over the next... uhm... 10 - 25 years until I finally get my degree done. o_O

But please feel free to stare at this adorably cute Japanese sailor girl for as long as you want and you won't even remember that this blog ever existed. See? :)

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... AND NOW FOR FOUR THINGS...

... completely wooo!:

YaGooHooGle | ScrollingBuckle | DadaDolls

And if you're a cow and/or find Thee Temple ov Psychick Blah not trotskist enough for your taste, go and read the amazing Bovine Unite! broadcasts.

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ADDENDUM

This is just in:

Swiss eboyâ„¢ fans can get the candy-coloured DIN A0 poster of London (as previously mentioned here) for a very fair price at Klang & Kleid and save the shipping costs. Yay!

In other breaking news, don't miss Project Fox under any circumstances if you happen to be in Copenhagen between now and April 23, 2005.

Also, FecalFace™ started a similar project under the name Painted Rooms 3.0 at the Hotel des Arts in S.F..

Great work folks!

Phew. That's all for this week, or, as our beloved leader would say:

"Exeunt stage right, waving me big stick."

The Life-Threatening Effects of Art

by Suzanne G. on April 13th, 2005

PART I - CUBISM

"Le tableau est fini quand il a effacé l'idée."

(Georges Braque dans Le jour et la nuit)

(via The Onion in History | April 13, 1916)

Illustration by Plonk & Replonk, entitled "The Influence of Post-Cubist Futurism on the City Skyline of Zurich"

Urgent Call From ae HQ

by Suzanne G. on April 10th, 2005

If you're reading this, it's high time to tune in to ae HQ and listen to Autechre's amazing live broadcast.

Lucky you! :)

Le pape est mort, vive le pape!

by Suzanne G. on April 2nd, 2005

... and for a couple of hours, Christianity could be overthrown - but no-one really bothers anyway.


© b3ta

Byebye, Karol Wojtyla.

I'll dearly miss your drooling lips, your epileptic moves and your crazy rolling eyes on TV.

Yours in neverending love,

Sister Suzanna Innocentia Wurzeltod

Hell Yes!

by Suzanne G. on April 1st, 2005

The Limited Art is better than Prozac™ Issue


© Yoshitomo Nara & Thee Temple

Okay.. okay.. BREATHE!

I always knew that April and October are the two most prolific months of the art calendar, but I really don't remember such a manic April as now in 2k+5!

But please see for yourself - and remember that what I'm listing here is just a very eclectic selection of what's going on at a gallery near you...

POUR VOS YEUX

- I -

NATHAN JUREVICIUS

Yellow Onion show @ Outré Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

→ Opening: Tonight, April 1, 2005, 7 PM

→ Book & toy signing: April 2, 2005, noon - 2 PM

Artist link | Gallery link

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DAME DARCY

Series of events & concerts with music by Death by Doll and the usual stunning artworks/books/comics/fashion/dolls by Dame Darcy in Seattle & Portland, USA

→ Seattle event: Black Chandelier store, April 2, 2005, 7 PM - onward

→ Portland event: Co 7 Gallery, April 3, 2005, 3 PM - onward

Artist link

- III -

JAPAN SOCIETY SHOW

Little Boy - exhibition at the Japan Society in New York curated by the amazing Takashi Murakami.

→ Runs: April 8 - July 24, 2005

Event link | Gallery link

- IV -

ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO (APE)

The ultimate APE returns to San Francisco and once again presents a fine line-up of special guests including Seth, James Sturm, Jhonen Vasquez & Lauren Weinstein.

→ Runs: April 9 - 10, 2005

Comic-Con HQ | Events Sat | Events Sun

P.S.: My ridiculously talented friend Tristan Crane is throwing a pre-Alternative Press Expo kick-off party. Click here for details. Thanks, Tristan!

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BRENDAN MONROE

What Leaves Track show @ Junc Gallery, L.A., USA

→ Opening: April 2, 2005, 7 - 10 PM

(Artist will be in attendance)

Artist link | Event details | Gallery link

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DETH P. SUN

This Is Heavenly show @ Bluebottle Art Gallery, Seattle, USA

→ Opening: April 2, 2005, 7 - 10 PM

Artist link | Event details | Gallery link

- VII -

JASON SHO GREEN

Presentation of new works @ Art Star Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

→ Runs: April 1 - May 15, 2005

Artist link | Event details | Gallery link

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YOSHITOMO NARA

Nothing Ever Happens show @ The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, USA

→ Runs: April 1 - May 29, 2005

Artist link | Event details | Gallery link

N.B.: K21 in Düsseldorf (Germany) is currently presenting a related show entitled Over the Rainbow - featuring the works of Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito. Click here for more infos.

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CHRIS MARS

Show in memoria of Zdzislaw Beksinski who was found stabbed to death at his Warsaw home at the end of February 2005.

The exhibition takes place at the Copro/Nason Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA.

→ Runs: March 26 - May 1, 2005

Artist link | Exhibited works | Gallery link

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JEREMY FISH & BIGFOOT

Beasts of Burden show @ The LAB 101 Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA

→ Opening: April 2, 2005, 6 - 9 PM

Artist link | Gallery link

In related art news, Trevor Brown has released a lovely bunch of new Miss Sticky cards & posters today, Scott Radke finished 5 new puppets, Mademoiselle Susie Ghahremani reopened her delicious BoyGirlParty Shoppe and Mark Pilkington announced the launch of Strange Attractor - Journal II.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Oh, and folks living in Cambridge, USA, shouldn't miss the Regarding Evil conference this Sunday at the MIT.

Hurrah for Eeeevil!

Hurrah for slimy swamp thingies with tentacles!

And hurrah for Lithuanian right-wing politicians nuzzling their mics!

Err.. no.

À propos, Making Fiends comes in Russian now.

Obviously... o_O

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BECK HANSEN APPRECIATION CORNER

Mumbleboy made a purty eye-soring video for Beck's Hell Yes track that can be found on his latest Guero album.

I have a weird suspicion that Mumbleboy is also responsible for this massive psychedelic shit. It would justify explain a lot.

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EDITO

On rainy spring evenings like these, I often ask myself whether my life wouldn't be more fulfilled if I were a herpes virus and lived on Ziyi Zhang's upper lip.

Have a nice weekend.