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Archive for March, 2006

Tauwetter

by Suzanne on March 24th, 2006


© Me - click to enlarge

Mein Spiegel ist von Herbstnebeln blind.
Ich kann nicht mehr in den Mai zurück.
Ich flechte aus meinen weißen Haaren mir einen langen Strick.
Ich schlinge ihn um das Horn des Mondes am Himmel fest,
Dass er nicht reißt, wenn mich der Frühwind tanzen lässt.

(aus: "Blick in den Spiegel" von Klabund - 1890-1928)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

I'm rather busy these days and I probably won't get a chance to update Thee Temple ov Psychick Blah until mid-April.

If you happen to be in Switzerland beginning of April, please don't miss Fumetto 06 - The World's Best Comics Festival™.

I'll be supervising Anke Feuchtenberger's exhibition there on April 1st and 3rd.

Take care.

PRO OCULIS - UPDATED PORTFOLIO SITES


© PostLoved - click to enlarge

Andy KehoeFudge Factory Comics | Joshua Ellingson | Lounge72™ Calendar | Myna SonouPictures on WallsPostLoved | Sam WeberSilly Pink Bunnies | SuperLover | SymbolonTara McPherson | VektorJunkie Calendar | Zachary Flagg Baldus

MOVING IMAGES - TINY VIDEO CLIP SPECIAL


Stills from Weak & Powerless

Weak & Powerless by A Perfect Circle - Beautifully creepy video directed by the Brothers Strause.

Blue Orchid by The White Stripes - You can almost smell that Madame Sigismondi directed this one, can't you?

Cracker by ohGr - Directed by William Morrison, just like Majik.

Closer (uncut) by NIN - This one goes out to my little armadillo who's totally fascinated by the taxidermied pangolin in this video.

Butterfly Caught by Massive Attack - Directed by Daniel Levy who's also the twisted mind behind LFO's Freak.

What else is there? by Royköpp - Directed by Martin de Thurah (via the adorable Mlle Theremina).

At Least It's Not The End Of The World by Super Furry Animals - Another masterpiece by Partizan Lab.

And finally, something sweet and calming: Micah P Hinson's Beneath the Rose.

Why take diet pills when you can enjoy Wurzeltod?

by Suzanne on March 17th, 2006


© Kris Lewis - click to enlarge

'As I begin a painting the subject physically, emotionally and spiritually reveals itself to me. Each brushstroke speaks to the subsequent stroke, carrying out a dialogue, linking my subject and me as if we were meeting for the first time. I find this uncertainty exciting and embrace the indecisive nature of my work.'

(Kris Lewis about the process of painting)

PRO OCULIS - UPDATED PORTFOLIO SITES & E-ZINES


© Institut Drahomira - click to enlarge

BoldType - March 06Clandestina N° 43 | ComputerLoveCreatures in my HeadeSeAeNe | Hannah Stouffer | I'm ScaredInstitut DrahomiraRyan Jacob SmithShift N° 112Spartan Dog N° 13 | The Paper BrigadeThe Ronin

MOVING IMAGES


Still from Innocence

Innocence by Scott Spencer - In his amazing stop-motion video, Scott tells us a heartwarming story about slaughter, agony and mecha horror little girls with pink plush bunnies. Awwww.

Otherwise by Morcheeba - For everyone who misses Brighton as much as I do *sniff*

Don’t Fuck With Love by The Sad Little Stars - 'A cautionary tale in three fantastical dimensions, two star-crossed lovers flirt their way through a magical and luscious 1920s paper pop-up New York City.'

Kure Kure Takora - The psychedelic adventures of my new tentacled friend Kure Kure Takora. N.B.: Wurzeltod™ can not be made responsible for acute brain damage after watching this video. (via BoingBoing)

RECOMMENDED END-MARCH EXHIBITIONS


© Julie Heffernan - click to enlarge

Affordable Art Fair at Battersea Park in London, UK.

March 16 - 19, 2006

Viper 25 at Kunsthalle in Basel, CH.

March 16 - 20, 2006

Peeping, Probing and Porn: Four Centuries of Graphic Sex in Japan at the Museum of Sex in NYC, USA.

March 16 - July 15, 2006

Julie Heffernan's Heaven & Hell at the P·P·O·W Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Finissage: March 18, 2006

The Unicorn Show at Nucleus Art Gallery in Alhambra, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 18, 2006

→ Featuring: Lesley Reppeteaux, Luke Chueh, Mari-chan, Mizna Wada et al.

Stéphane Blanquet's Labyrinthique Intestin at the Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs in Aix-en-Provence, F.

→ Vernissage: March 21, 2006

4th Berlin Biennial at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin-Mitte, DE.

March 24 - 28, 2006

Madeline von Foerster's Desires Distilled at Fuse Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 25, 2006, 7 - 10 PM

Sean Cheetham at the Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in Pasadena, USA.

→ Finissage: March 30, 2006

KunstKrake at Kölner Graphikwerkstatt in Köln, DE.

→ Vernissage: March 31, 2006

INTERVIEWS

Alan Moore interview (by The Beat)

Craig Robinson interview (by Submarine Channel)

Don DeLillo Q&A (by San Francisco Chronicle)

Nick Cave interview (by PixelSurgeon)

Ryan Burghard interview (by The Art Blog)

Slavoj Žižek interview (by Spiked Culture)

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY

Team D.A.D.D.Y. - According to those mad Irishmen, 'D.A.D.D.Y.' stands for 'Design Animation Design Design Yay'.

Uh huh... o_O

PSYCHICK QUOTE OV THEE DAY

'Why take diet pills when you can enjoy AIDS AYDS?'

Previously on Wurzeltod: 'Lose weight with AIDS AYDS!'

POINTLESS PERSONAL REMARKS THAT NO-ONE IS GOING TO READ ANYWAY

N° 1

I know I owe a gazillion of you emails. Some of you have been waiting for weeks, some even for months. I'm deeply sorry about this constant mailboxophobia of mine, but I'm terribly busy at the moment. Please rest assured that none of your emails are lost or forgotten, and that I will reply to them one fine day. My sincere apologies... *sighs*

N° 2

I decided that you should not live another day without the thrilling knowledge that I'm the 5th Google Image Search hit for "cute armadillo". Weeee!

Gordon Wilding

by Suzanne on March 16th, 2006


© Gordon Wilding - click to enlarge

Every once in a while, I have the immense pleasure to receive emails from highly inspiring artists.

Gordon Wilding contacted me a few days ago and asked me to link to his site.

Well, here are your well-deserved 124800 squarepixels of web fame, Gordon.

It's a great honour to have you on this blog.

S.

WurzelUpdate®

by Suzanne on March 11th, 2006

I'm currently updating my art links. I really hate the fact that Japanese domains auto-destruct after 6 months, 13 days, 42 minutes and 22 seconds. I promise I'll remove the dead links soon.

I also added a couple of banners featuring a few randomly selected artists:

(Links will open in new windows.)

→ More eye candy over here

If you want your banner to be displayed with the Crème de la Crème (make it 200 x 40 px if possible) and/or wish to be added to the art links, please don't hesitate to leave a comment with your website details or email me.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The disquieting Muses

by Suzanne on March 8th, 2006


© Lori Earley

"Lori Earley's oil paintings are a unique combination of classical realistic rendering with a personal element of distortion. Their distortion is derived from her innate desire to render the world she feels as opposed to the world she sees before her. Often, the eyes are the primary focus of expression and every painting is a portrait of implicit emotion and mystery..."

(Lori Earley on Lori Earley)

Copro Nason's group exhibition featuring Lori Earley's work alongside the glorious oeuvres of Audrey Kawasaki and Yosuke Ueno will open this Saturday, March 11, 2006, 8 - 11:30 PM and will be on view until April 8, 2006.

Opening night photos from Lori Earley's show.

PRO OCULIS - UPDATED PORTFOLIO SITES & E-ZINES


© Caryn Drexl - click to enlarge

Alexandre Orion | Asterik StudioBookSlut N° 46Caryn Drexl | Lens CultureMoonCruiseSpunk | WerkBuro

MOVING IMAGES - BETTY BOOP SPECIAL


Dead or alive, we can never get enough of you, Betty dear!

• Betty Boop - Making Stars

• Betty Boop - Swat That Fly!

• Betty Boop - Betty in Blunderland

• Betty Boop - Snow White

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY


© Eugene Mirman

Eugene, the Marvelous Crooning Child - Featured here on Wurzeltod™ at least 298709186761 times before, but sweet little Eugene is always worth another visit.

MID-MARCH EXHIBITIONS


© Yoshitomo Nara - click to enlarge

• Fischli & Weiss' Rat & Bear - Fotografías at Matthew Marks Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 10, 2006, 6 - 8 PMImages

The Garden Party at Deitch Projects in NYC, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 10, 2006, 6 - 9 PMPoster

→ Featuring: Vanessa Beecroft, The Citizens Band, Noritoshi Hirakawa and Liza Lou.

Yoshitomo Nara's London Mayfair House at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, UK.

→ Finissage: March 11, 2006

I've been there. It's a rather small but deadly cute exhibition. Pictures will follow as soon as I find some time to develop my film.

Night Swim at the Junc Gallery in L. A., USA.

→ Vernissage: March 11, 2006

→ Featuring: Marci Washington, Christopher Silas Neal, Kammy Nasman and APAK.

Guangzhou - KünstlerInnen aus Kanton aus der Sammlung Sigg at Kunstmuseum Bern in Bern, CH.

→ Vernissage: March 11, 2006

INTERVIEWS

Dave McKean (by PixelSurgeon)

Ed Templeton (by Fecal Face)

Michael Winterbottom (by PixelSurgeon)

FREE E-BOOKS

Fables de La Fontaine, Tome I | Tome II (by Jean de La Fontaine / French)

Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen / English)

PSYCHICK BOOK TITLE OV THEE DAY

Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders - and What to Do About It (by Gary Leon Hill)

Vintage Vandals

by Suzanne on March 4th, 2006

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© Driscoll Reid & Romantic Walrus - rollover images¹ for the aftermath, click on piece for artist's biography & interview

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an art project that deserves all the Wurzelattention™. Not only because it shows that you don't need to be a Banksy to vandalise old masters, but also because it reminds me strongly of the beloved Haunted Memories project.

For their Vintage Vandals project, the Wurst Gallery (i.e. "Sausage" Gallery) asked 15 artists to find a framed piece of artwork at their local thrift store and manipulate it into a piece of their own.

Even though most ready-mades have been sold very quickly, you can still buy a couple of pieces. Don't hesitate to email the Wurst Gallery if you're interested.

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When all the water's run out of the bathtub...

by Suzanne on March 3rd, 2006


© Esao Andrews - click to enlarge

Our dear old Wurzelfriend™ Esao updated his portfolio with 10 new paintings, 4 new drawings, and 9 new skatedecks. Nice one, Esao.

PRO OCULIS - UPDATED PORTFOLIO SITES & E-ZINES


© David Ho

Bob StaakeChris DonovanColageneDavid HoErnesto TimorFriezeFunproxGeaPhilesHoney Eat Your Salad | InkSurge | Jessica AbelKaty GrannanLostFishSplotch's Visual Pulse N° 22 | SpoonFork

Lounge72™ (PDF), VektorJunkie (PDF), and 7 Deadly Sinners (JPG) all offer new calendar pages for the month of March. Weeeee!

MOVING IMAGES


The Little Fella by TokyoPlastic

Valley Of The Cnuties N° VII - The penultimate episode of The Cnuties, by Flip Flop Flyin'. *sniff*

The Little Fella - A TokyoPlastic animation. Patience, dear, patience... he'll wake up sooner or later. (via PoP)

FREE E-BOOKS


Always worth a read: Damien's brilliant Waking the Dead series for Blather.

A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame (by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins / English / Illustrated / via)

The Best Ghost Stories (by various / English)

EARLY MARCH EXHIBITIONS


© Mamechiyo

Amour Chiffon at Madam Edgar Gallery in Montreal, Canada.

→ Vernissage: March 3, 2006, 6 PM onwards

→ Featuring: Apak, Friends With You, UglyDolls, Gary Baseman, et al.

Blaine Fontana's The Animal Council at Scribble Theory in Santa Ana, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 4, 2006, 7 - 10 PM

Mamechiyo's The Art of Kimono at Magic Pony in Toronto, Canada.

→ Vernissage: March 9, 2006, 6 - 10 PM

The Armory Show - The International Fair of New Art at Piers 90 & 92 (Twelfth Avenue at 50th & 52nd Streets) in NYC, USA.

March 10 - 13, 2006

INTERVIEWS

Björk interview (by Emma Brockes for Guardian Unlimited - via my mum who always finds the best stuff online. <3)

Cosey Fanni Tutti questionnaire (by Frieze)

Polaroid Kid interview (by Fecal Face)

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY

The Nursing Home - Michael Lomon is a specialist in creating scary illustrations and rather disturbing animations. He has a very eerie website and is currently available for private commission. I bet he's David Firth's only best friend. (via Ample Sanity)