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Archive for May, 2006

The Return of The Grumpy Old Woman From Hell

by Suzanne on May 28th, 2006


Kate Chase Norcross – Sixth-plate, ca. 1858 – via The Daguerreian Society – click to enlarge

Maienwind

Mutwillige Mädchenwünsche
Haben Flieder
Niedergebogen,
Blauen und weißen.

Wie Tauben sind sie weitergeflogen,
Mit Wangen, wilden und heißen.
Hoch in warmen, schelmischen Händen
Haschender Sonne
Geschwungene Strahlen.
Hellbehende Wonne
Weißer Kleider
Weht.

Mutwillige Mädchenwünsche
Haben sich Flieder
Niedergebogen,
Blauen und weißen, -
Sind weitergezogen …

(Peter Hille, 1854-1904, aus: Blätter vom fünfzigjährigen Baum)

INTERNA

I. Thee Shoppe will stay online – if you like it or not. Just try to ignore that pink tab on the nav bar if you have a problem with it. New artists will be added soon. You could do me a favour by visiting my rather vast artist link list and select a few artists you’d like to order prints from in the future.

II. The choice of artists will remain the same, i.e. I won’t add internationally famous and commercially “successful” artists to the shop because

a) they don’t need my support to sell their artworks.

b) I’m legally not entitled to sell their prints since most of them have their own representatives.

c) you don’t have the kind of money it takes to buy such editions anyway.

d) trust me on this.

III. I won’t charge any commission. Just because I’m Swiss doesn’t mean I’m a capitalistic bastard. You can stop sending me emails about my part in the “Nazi Gold Affair” now – I wasn’t really in charge of the Swiss government back then. However, these people would love to shred your letters hear from you:

Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB)
Börsenstrasse 15
Postfach
CH – 8022 Zürich
SCHWEIZ

IV. Thank you for your kind attention.

PRO OCULIS – UPDATED PORTFOLIO SITES & E-ZINES


© Micky Modo – click to enlarge

Anthony WallaceBetty AlazrakiCamilla Engman | CandyKiller | Chet ZarCymagen | D’Holbachie Yoko | Domen Lombergar | Elena MartyniukGhostcoGunsho DemonologyHolly Bynoe | Jen CoraceJulian de NarvaezKate O’Brien | Kris Knight | KuKulaLand | KunstKrake | Micky ModoMuir VidlerMy Pet SkeletonNic NicholsPatrick Williams | PostLovedRonald Kurniawan | Ruby MagVentilate | Yoko Tanaka | Zeloot

MOVING IMAGES


Still from The Olde Headboard

The Olde Headboard – Another adorable video for Rasputina. I’d love to find out who directed this clip. Any ideas? It looks quite Sigismondiesque to me…

The Curious Passions of Sergeant Bertrand – Stand-alone short film from Bret Wood’s feature movie Psychopathia Sexualis in which a case of necrophilia is dramatised through Victorian-style shadow play. Click on ‘The Curious Passions of Sergeant Bertrand’ on the right. Very Blanquetesque.

The Tale of How – An enchanting animated short story produced by the Black Heart Gang (via the amazing WurzelForum).

The Eraser – Beautifully cryptic promotional flash website for Thom Yorke‘s new album.

Smells like a Ukulele – For those of you who still haven’t seen the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain‘s hilarious interpretation of Nirvana’s pièce de résistance, watch this now.

PSYCHICK LITERATURE OV THEE DAY

Moles and Their Meaning (by Harry De Windt, Pearson, 1909)

(via Neatorama)

NEW E-BOOKS

Arnold Böcklin (by Heinrich Alfred Schmid / German / Illus.)

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (by Cory Doctorow / English)

War and Peace (by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy / English)

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY

Endless Zoom Photo Mosaic – An addictive shockwave photo mosaic project – similar (but far better) to the ZoomQuilt project.

(via BoingBoing)

RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS


© Travis A. Louie at Roq la Rue – click to enlarge

Art School Confidential at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Vernissage: May 27, 2006 | Featuring: Daniel Clowes, Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton and Charles Schneider.

Tara McPherson‘s A Rock Concert Poster Retrospective at BLK/MRKT in Culver City, USA.

→ Finissage: June 1, 2006

Blaine Fontana‘s Aadizookaan at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Vernissage: June 3, 2006

Alternate Realities – Paintings by Travis A. Louie and Robert Craig at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle, USA.

→ Finissage: June 3, 2006 | Preview showDiscussion at ArtDorks

Gottfried Helnwein‘s Face It at Lentos – Kunstmuseum Linz in Linz, Austria.

→ Finissage: June 5, 2006 | Portal Kunstgeschichte review

Group Show Number One at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, USA.

→ Finissage: June 5, 2006 | Featuring: Sylvia Ji, Caia Koopman, et al. | Preview show

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

by Suzanne on May 27th, 2006

Do you like tentacles? Do you love fancy headgear? Are you getting bald? Great!

This is your ticket to instant web fame. Partake in the web’s greatest meme.

All you need is a cephalopod and a camera. We don’t care whether the creature is alive or not – as long as it has tentacles. Place the cephalopod on your head (or on your neighbour’s kitty if you’re camera-shy), take a photo and email it to me.

The best entry wins a stolen library book by Jules Verne in Swahili. Yay!

Here’s the insane(ly creative) Matt Jones and my humble self showing you how it all works:

Off you go!

Tacheles

by Suzanne on May 18th, 2006

I’ve been pretty frustrated about this blog/website and the work I put into it for quite some time now.

I’m aware that I had such phases before and that they’re only natural for an unprofessional blogger, but I fear I’ve reached a new low point with the opening of Thee Shoppe that I was so enthusiastic about.

Here’s what makes me sad furious: Up to this point, I got over three dozen readers (sic!) emailing me to ask whether I get a commission for selling prints and only a handful of actual print orders. I’m sorry to say that I fail to understand the implication of such questions. No, I don’t get a commission even though I’m broke as fuck – I do this because I’m convinced that some of my friends are very talented artists who deserve a wider audience.

I’m not writing these lines to hear encouraging words from any of you – I’m only writing to tell you that I need to think things through.

Don’t expect me back before Ascension Day.

Yours,

Suzanne

Mit Haut und Haar

by Suzanne on May 11th, 2006


© Koen Hauser‘s Opus Magnum Atomium – click to enlarge

‘Und natürlich war in Paris der Gestank am größten, denn Paris war die größte Stadt Frankreichs. Und innerhalb von Paris wiederum gab es einen Ort, an dem der Gestank ganz besonders infernalisch herrschte, zwischen der Rue aux Fers und der Rue de la Ferronnerie, nämlich den Cimetière des Innocents. Achthundert Jahre lang hatte man hierher die Toten des Krankenhauses Hôtel-Dieu und der umliegenden Pfarrgemeinden verbracht, achthundert Jahre lang Tag für Tag die Kadaver zu Dutzenden herbeigekarrt und in lange Gräben geschüttet, achthundert Jahre lang in den Grüften und Beinhäusern Knöchelchen auf Knöchelchen geschichtet. Und erst später, am Vorabend der Französischen Revolution, nachdem einige der Leichengräben gefährlich eingestürzt waren und der Gestank des überquellenden Friedhofs die Anwohner nicht mehr zu bloßen Protesten, sondern zu wahren Aufständen trieb, wurde er endlich geschlossen und aufgelassen, wurden die Millionen Knochen und Schädel in die Katakomben von Montmartre geschaufelt, und man errichtete an seiner Stelle einen Marktplatz für Viktualien.

Hier nun, am allerstinkendsten Ort des gesamten Königreichs, wurde am 17. Juli 1738 Jean-Baptiste Grenouille geboren.’

(aus: Das Parfum by Patrick SüskindTom Tykwer’s movie adaptation of this unforgettable book is currently in post-production. You can watch the teaser here.)

PRO OCULIS – UPDATED PORTFOLIO SITES & E-ZINES


© Saiman Chow for the Adicolor® ad series

Adidas Adicolor® – Black | Angel De Franganillo | AntiGirl | AugenBluten | BoldTypeClandestina #44David FoldvariHydro 74 | Jason Proudler | Jinyoung Shin | Jonathan WeinerKeep Me SaneLos FokosMoonCruise #29Pop ThirteenShift 114

INTERVIEWS

Barbara Morgenstern interview (by The BBC Collective)

Dan Clowes interview I (by FilmForce)

Dan Clowes interview II (by Newsarama)

Dan Clowes interview III (by Wired)

Dan Clowes interview IV (by Cinematic Happenings Under Development)

Farmer Bob (aka Robert Hardgrave) interview (by Juxtapoz)

Lori Earley interview (by Kathie Berry )

Terry Zwigoff interview (by Nerve)

PSYCHICK HEADLINE OV THEE DAY

Russian-Folk-Festival Crowd Unknowingly Claps Along To Ode To Sodomy

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY WEEK MONTH YEAR

NFCTD – I have no idea what ‘NFCTD’ stands for, but I know that Sigmund Freud and Sherlock Holmes would love this site just as much as I do.

Also: Buy things, you ungrateful bastards! o_O

Rik Garrett Print

by Suzanne on May 10th, 2006

Today, we can offer you a darkly erotic mixed-media print by the experimental re-inventor of photography himself: Rik Garrett.

Please visit our shop to order.

If you prefer to wear Rik’s art on your chest, please go and have a look at his T-shirt shop.

Thank you.


© Rik Garrett – click on image to enlarge

Rik GarrettThe Doll

8″ x 10″ | Collage, india ink, acrylic paint and graphite

Edition of 25 | All signed and numbered

Printed professionally on color photographic paper.

Price: $35 (shipping included)

→ Click here to order

Caryn Drexl Prints

by Suzanne on May 7th, 2006

We’re pleased to offer you a few selected prints by the immensely talented American photographer Caryn Drexl.

Please visit our shop to order.

Thank you.


© Caryn Drexl – click on image to enlarge

Caryn DrexlMapped (‘A Woman’s Body’)

5″ x 7″ (no border, print size is exact size of image.)

Hand signed & dated w/ archival pen on back.

Printed professionally on archival Kodak Pro Portra matte photo paper.

Price: $20 (shipping included)


© Caryn Drexl – click on image to enlarge

Caryn DrexlAlone In The Dark

8″ x 12″ (no border, print size is exact size of image.)

Hand signed & dated w/ archival pen on back.

Printed professionally on archival Kodak Pro Portra matte photo paper.

Price: $28 (shipping included)


© Caryn Drexl – click on image to enlarge

Caryn DrexlOh Sylvia

8″ x 12″ (no border, print size is exact size of image.)

Hand signed & dated w/ archival pen on back.

Printed professionally on archival True Digital B&W matte photo paper.

Price: $30 (shipping included)

→ Click here to order