Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Archive for July, 2007

James Jean Prints

by Suzanne on July 30th, 2007

"I hope I never get so old I get religious."

(Ingmar Bergman as quoted in the International Herald Tribune on Sep 8, 1989)

Adjö så länge... Ingmar... farväl...


While we say our sad goodbyes to Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni - two of the greatest cinematic magicians and visionaries, we're overwhelmed to welcome a truly gifted young artist aboard the WurzelShoppe®.

Starting today, you'll be able to purchase two beautiful prints by James Jean in our wee print shop.

Sink is one of James' contributions to A Polite Winter - a collaborative art project he's been working on with Kenichi Hoshine; Jump is a print from his iconic Process Recess series.

Please use the form at the bottom of this post to order and/or visit our shop to order prints by other talented young artists.

Thank you.


Sink © James Jean - click to enlarge

James Jean - Sink

12" x 12" | Ultrachrome print on cotton rag paper.

Created for A Polite Winter.

Signed and embossed.

Price: $50 (shipping & handling NOT included)


Jump © James Jean - click to enlarge

James Jean - Jump

12" x 18" | Ultrachrome print on cotton rag paper.

Signed and embossed.

Price: $52 (shipping & handling NOT included)

James Jean prints

Sink   

Jump

   
Full Name (required)

   
Email (required | must be working!)

   
Full Address (required)

   
Special Wishes / Notes

   
 
Security code (c.f. below):
 
 


 
 

Mia Mäkilä and Gus Fink present: Creeplings

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2007


Creeplings N° XIII by Mia Mäkilä and Gus Fink. Mixed media on antique photograph.

Mia Mäkilä knows how to make me happy:

Hi Suzanne!

I think you're gonna love my latest project! It's called "Creeplings" and it's an art collaboration with American artist Gus Fink.

Check it out:

http://www.creeplings.com

Of course I love the project, Mia! Chapeau to you and Gus for building this eerie army of creepy.. errm.. creeplings.

NOTE TO READERS: These adorable, huggable little creeplings are all for sale!


INTERNA

Other things that made me happy today...

1

Cycling along Lake Lucerne with a tailwind of 80km/h.

2

Finding this in my letterbox. Thankies, Lindsey.

3

Receiving a spam email with the glorious subject line: "Frozen Girl Scout". Genius.

4

Death Cat and VapoRub® meerkats.

5

My neighbour's grill exploding in a rather Pythonesque manner. Mwahaha!

Nicoletta Ceccoli, Chris Peters, Stella im Hultberg & friends

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2007

Three recommendable exhibitions for readers from the California / Washington area:

Kukula and Nicoletta Ceccoli


Bee Dream. Acrylic on paper. 11.5"x15.5" © Nicoletta Ceccoli

Who: Kukula & Nicoletta

Where: Roq la Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle/WA

When: On view till August 4, 2007.

Why: Because Kukula and Nicoletta beat every childhood sugar-rush.

Next-Gen - Art for the New Aeon


Sister Beatrice. Oil on canvas. 20"x16" © 2007 Chris Peters

Who: Chris Peters, Ron English, Lola, Chet Zar, Kris Lewis, Esao Andrews, Kukula's clone, Travis Louie, and many, many others.

Where: Copro Nason Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica/CA

When: On view till August 4, 2007.

Why: Because you can also see the works of Paul Chatem in the same gallery! Weeee!

Crazy 4 Cult


The Big Tourist. Oil and ink on tea-stained paper. 9"x12" © 2007 Stella im Hultberg

Who: Over 50 artists reinterpret their favourite cult classic films with one-of-a-kind original artwork. Yup.

Where: Gallery 1988, 7020 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles/CA

When: On view till August 10, 2007.

Why: For the love of Marla Singer.

Process: Area & Volume

by Suzanne on July 15th, 2007


Black Dahlia by Raffaella Brizuela Sigurdardottir, oil on wood, 2006

In recent days, the majority of invites I got for California gallery shows has left me utterly unimpressed and even a little disappointed by the ever same Juxtapoz/Giant Robot artist names. It sometimes saddens me that the rather riskless policy of certain gallery owners (and art mags!) to book "safe" artists who attract huge crowds at weekend opening receptions might unconsciously drive the so-called LowBrow/Pop Surrealism "scene" to a new state of apathy, repetitiveness and unimaginativeness. I hope it's all just a passing summer laziness and that my feeling is wrong.

At any rate, the freshly opened show at Gallery Nucleus makes a refreshing exception to this by combining a few familiar names with a whole lot of newish discoveries. Process: Area & Volume brings together a daring mix of 27 artists who work in different genres and media. Their only common ground is so global and basic that it almost sounds humorous:

"The show is a group event based on a three dimensional object inspiring two dimensional work."

Anyway... chapeau, Gallery Nucleus, for taking a risk and for your bold look at "young" art.

Who: Billy Reynolds, Sonya Marie Palencia, James Naccarato, Tim McCormick, Korin Faught, Raffaella Brizuela Sigurdardottir, and many, many others.

Where: Gallery Nucleus, 30 West Main Street, Alhambra/CA

When: On view till August 7, 2007.

INTERNA

1

A certain Ms Louise Delvin recently ordered a couple of Casey Weldon and K. Louise Judd prints from Thee Shoppe but forgot to specify the desired size of the Judd prints.

Thank you for your patience, Louise!

2

As always, Julien was absolutely right aeons ago: Was ist ist is indeed Neubauten's greatest song.

3

Added N° 5 to my Adidas family. I already took them to see the forest. They're as quiet and swift as hairy hobbit soles. My feet are in love with them.

Alex Gross

by Suzanne on July 8th, 2007


"Redemption" by Alex Gross, oil on canvas, 2007

Hmm.. if "updating your website" means making your publicly accessible online oeuvre smaller and throwing a lot of beautiful and affordable giclée prints out of your shop, then I think that's what Alex Gross has done. o_O

Anyway, go see his breathtaking retrospective at Grand Central Art Gallery in Santa Ana, CA, USA (on view till August 19, 2007).

"The show will be a career retrospective featuring sixteen of Alex's paintings from 1999 through 2007.

Several new works that have never been shown will be part of the exhibition that also includes sketches, prints, and other assorted paraphernalia."

Oh, and buy me this inexpensive Dior ensemble, this corset (preferably with Apnea still in it, please) and this toaster his new book as a limited edition if you're a rich bastard art lover.

Amen.

Farewell to Dawns Seen Through Saddened Eyes

by Suzanne on July 1st, 2007


(Image via VintagePhoto)

You left me, sweet, two legacies,—

A legacy of love
A Heavenly Father would content,
Had He the offer of;

You left me boundaries of pain

Capacious as the sea,
Between eternity and time,
Your consciousness and me.

(Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems - Part Three: Love, 1924)

INTERNA

Hello. My name is Suzanne. I maintain this invisible blog here and poke dead things with sticks. This rather personal entry is dedicated to the remaining two readers of this blog - Dr. Vertico and my dear Meagan. I love you with all my tiny rotten heart.

These past few weeks, I often got the feeling that I'm simply an erased line of a poem in a book that has never been written in typographies that have never been invented by wise men who never lived. But then, I suddenly remembered the bitter-sweet taste of ink on my tongue and my heart started beating again.

Anyway... I won't bore you with excuses for my long absence, when it's clear that I was in fact busy taking over the Swiss government and painting the Alps with pink stripes. It really flatters their shape, methinks.

And tomorrow, my Holy Mission to infiltrate the art industry and turn it into an apocalyptic bloodbath of epic proportions will begin with me turning up at Hauser & Wirth Zurich at 9 AM sharp for my internship. I have yet to find out why they want me there but they have a great Nespresso™ Lavazza® (Thanks, Mic!) machine and bookshelf ladders. I love ridiculously high bookshelves. Oh, and did I mention that their gallery is located in an old brewery with great industrial architecture to marvel at all day? Yes, I did.

This world isn't all that bad after all for a lonesome homicidal maniac like me.

After all, I have a freshly repaired Swiss precision bike, the new (... Swiss precision...) Logitech® VX™ Revolution cordless laser mouse, a Kathie Olivas gelaskin for my iPod, the patent-leather ballerinas I always dreamt of as a 5-year-old, a purdy grey French top with a huuuge satin bow to play with, this adorable caffeine dress, the striped Alps in my sight, a lovely lake to bathe my feet in, a schizophrenic cat that pays me regular visits and an ersatz bird family nesting under my balcony.

Oh, and I got to see Damien Hirst's skull and the Old Operating Theatre.

I'd be a fool to ask for more.

"And this world tonight is mine
A world to be remembered in
Think on a faded photograph
My hair longer than it's ever been."

(PJ Harvey, "The Sky Lit Up")

I don't know yet how busy my Holy Mission will keep me but I guess I'll only have time to look after this blog on weekends for the next 6 months. I'm commuting to Zurich and I'll be pretty knackered in the evenings, I fear...

Take care you lot and feel free to visit the WurzelForum if you're bored or feel a lack of nunsploitation and/or tentacles in your life.

Ad meiorum Cthulhi Gloriam!

MINI PRO OCULIS - UPDATED PORTFOLIOS & MAGS


Little Venus by Heather Nevay - click for details

Catherine CampbellDaniël van Nes | Erwin Olaf | Esao AndrewsHeather Nevay | Jay Parkinson | Kris Knight | MiniatureMouseSam Weber | Shiori MatsumotoThe Chap (Yay!)

The Website ov Thee Day award goes to: What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys? (via the adorable Meredith Yayanos)

ART INTERVIEWS

Carrie Ann Baade interview (by BeinArt Surreal Art Collective)

David Bowers interview (by BeinArt Surreal Art Collective)

James Jean interview (by The Little Chimp Society)

Jessica Joslin interview (by BeinArt Surreal Art Collective)

Neo Rauch interview (by ArtInfo)

Tado interview (by The Little Chimp Society)

NEW E-BOOKS

Dracula (by Bram Stoker / English)

J'accuse...! (by Émile Zola / French / Audio)

Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë / English / Illu)

The Trial (by Franz Kafka / English)

Wuthering Heights (by Emily Brontë / English)

9 IMPORTANT THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF MANKIND¹

N°1: There's so much CCTV footage about my journeys in and around London that my biopic will soon be opening in a cinema near you. Yay!

N°2: Nirvana - Unplugged in New York is 189632 times better than any of their studio albums. Fact.

N°3: Why does cold coffee smell like burnt salami?

N°4: I managed to boycott Art Basel yet another year. Go me!

N°5: I'm hopelessly in love with William Irigoyen (that's a really unflattering photograph on that website..) from ARTE news. Oooooh... that smile! I just wish he'd stop flirting with Annette Gerlach from ARTE - journal de la culture. Hmmpf.

N°6: This is the best photograph I've ever taken and the only picture I'm proud of.

N°7: Boots' "Protect & Perfect" really does work wonders on me and it's obviously so rejuvenating that it sent me right back to puberty leaving my forehead covered with pimples. Great.. in a few weeks, I'll look like a new-born baby.

N°8: It's great that I don't have to spend a fortune on French b/w art movies anymore now that my eyes are so fucked that I'm starting to see the world around me in greyscale anyway. Yay!

N°9: I want my black hair back.

¹ [formerly known as: "POINTLESS REMARKS THAT NO-ONE WILL READ ANYWAY"]