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Archive for April, 2008

Elizabeth McGrath & Co. at DvA Gallery, Chicago

by Suzanne on April 25th, 2008


Sailor by Elizabeth McGrath

As from tomorrow, selected works by Wurzeltod® favourites Elizabeth McGrath (c.f. sculpture above – previously featured here and here), Dave Cooper, Chris Mars, Daniel Martin Diaz, Ana Bagayan (and friends) will grace the walls of David van Alphen’s DvA Gallery in Chicago.

Make sure to turn up a little early – there’s a book and toy signing taking place 3 hours before the official opening reception!

Opening reception: Tomorrow April 26, 2008, 7 – 11 PM

Featuring: Elizabeth McGrath, Dave Cooper, Chris Mars, Daniel Martin Diaz, Ana Bagayan, Yosuke Ueno, Bonni Reid, Nathan Ota, Bob Dob, et al.

Address: DvA Gallery, 2568 N. Lincoln Ave., IL 60614, Chicago | Directions

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Last Chance To See Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner, New York

by Suzanne on April 19th, 2008


First Born by Marcel Dzama, 2007

Final chance for all lovers of spooky dioramae and lovable melancholy monsters to see Marcel Dzama‘s dreamlike universe at David Zwirner in New York.

Dzama’s Even the Ghost of the Past show will be closing tonight.

Closing: Tonight, April 19, 2008

Address: David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street (between 10th Ave. and West St.), New York, NY 10011, USA

WalkthroughSelected works

Frieze reviewSupertouch review | NYT feature & slideshow (2005)

Craig LaRotonda’s “Grotesque Beauty” at McCaig-Welles, New York

by Suzanne on April 18th, 2008


Only Us by Craig LaRotonda

An exhibition of new arcane paintings and mixed media works by Craig LaRotonda entitled Grotesque Beauty opens tonight at McCaig-Welles Gallery in Brooklyn.

Opening reception: Tonight, April 18, 2008, 7 – 10 PM

On show: April 18 – May 12, 2008

Address: McCaig-Welles Gallery, 129 Roebling Street, Suite B, Brooklyn, NY 11211, tel: 718.384.872

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David Hochbaum at Strychnin Gallery, London

by Suzanne on April 18th, 2008


Transference by David Hochbaum, 2007

David Hochbaum‘s new solo show entitled Tracking Invisible Cities has just opened at Strychnin London and if you’re really quick, you can still make it to the opening reception. Yay!

If, however, you won’t be able to attend in person because you’re out robbing grannies again, here’s the presale link.

Opening reception: NOW!, April 18, 2008, 7 – 11 PM

On show: April 18 – May 8, 2008

Address: Strychnin London, 65 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JP, UK

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Paul Chatem at Shooting Gallery, San Francisco

by Suzanne on April 11th, 2008


Do Wrong Right Away by Paul Chatem, 2008

New works by Paul Chatem under the title Runnin’ On Empty will go on show tomorrow at The Shooting Gallery S.F.. Details below.

Opening reception: Tomorrow, April 12, 2008, 7 – 11 PM

On show: April 12 – May 10, 2008

Address: The Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin St (@ Geary Street), San Francisco, CA 94109, USA, tel: (415) 931-8035

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Femke Hiemstra & Travis Louie at Roq La Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on April 11th, 2008


The Fortune Cookie Hunter by Femke Hiemstra

Tonight’s opening reception at Roq la Rue brings together two artists who both share a passion to achieve artistic meticulousness and precision – Travis Louie by using a painstaking technique involving acrylic washes to create mesmerising textures & physiognomies, and Femke Hiemstra by creating bewitching miniature children’s book landscapes on tiny found surfaces.

I’m sure it will be fascinating to see Femke‘s sumptuously colourful and narrative mixed media works juxtaposed by the anachronistically monochrom and venerable portraits of Travis‘ fantastical hybrids.


Circus Has Left Town by Femke Hiemstra

Opening reception (Travis will be attending): Tonight, April 11, 2008, 6 – 9 PM

On show: April 11 – May 3, 2008

Address: Roq La Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977

Preview Femke Hiemstra’s works


Le Club Des Fumeurs Secret by Femke Hiemstra

Susan Jamison’s “For the Curious” at Spanierman Modern, New York

by Suzanne on April 10th, 2008


We Are Beautiful by Susan Jamison, 2008

My very talented and prolific iFriend Susan Jamison reminded me that her For the Curious show opens tonight at Spanierman Modern in NYC.

Susan writes:

“The exhibition title For the Curious makes reference to Cabinets of Curiosities, which I know is a reoccurring theme on Wurzeltod.

The animals featured in this body of work display genetic oddities such as the conjoined baby alligator in Twin Set [shown below].

Along with the larger works, a group of tiny cabinet paintings depict a collection of oddities and curiosities.

For the Curious is meant as a double entendre:

The nude women covered in body decoration, genetically misaligned animals and odd situations depicted provoke our desire to look at them, while simultaneously the works are a gift for those who feel themselves kindred spirits to the depicted oddities.”


Twin Set by Susan Jamison

On show: April 10 – May 3, 2008

Address: Spanierman Modern, 53 East 58 Street, New York NY 10022, USA, tel: 212 832 1400

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Heidi Taillefer’s “Muses and Heroes” at Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C.

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2008


Complicated Shadows by Heidi Taillefer, 2006

Born 1970 in Montreal, Quebec, Heidi Taillefer - previously featured here - has been drawing since her very early childhood.

Her eccentric and often esoteric style may be the result of the devoted, decade-long, mostly autodidactic study of various artistic techniques.

Growing up in a very creative environment, Heidi never had to make aesthetic concessions that would dilute her unique brushwork.

She gets her inspiration from taxidermy, Wunderkammern, bizarre specimens displayed in natural history collections, circus & sideshow attractions… from the deformities and mutations that make all organic life so beautifully diverse and inimitable.

Her characters are chimerae of human, animal and robotic descent – organic and mechanic at the same time.

From Saturday onwards, Irvine Contemporary will be presenting her Muses and Heroes show to the interested Washington public.


Frustration Attraction by Heidi Taillefer, 2006

Opening reception (Heidi will be present): Saturday, April 5, 2008, 6 – 10 PM

On show: April 5 – May 10, 2008

Address: Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA, tel: 202-332-8767 | Map

Press releaseExhibited works

Ken-ichi Murata at Mondo Bizzarro, Rome

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2008


© Ken-ichi Murata – click for details

Ken-ichi Murata is an incurable and devoted anachronist: Born in Osaka in 1957 - where he still lives and works - he takes his photographs on b/w film and later meticulously retouches them to give their protagonists an eerie and other-worldly aura.

Even though both he and Araki have a similar love affair with bondage, stockings, plastic godzillas and dinos, Murata manages like no other to hide blatantly erotic themes & exploitative scenes behind the sickly sweet powdery pastel tapestry of a Victorian dolls’ house.


© Ken-ichi Murata – click for details

Ken-ichi Murata’s Princess of Desire – Erotic Photographs show is due to open this Saturday at the phenomenal Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome.

Opening reception: Saturday, April 5, 2008

On show: April 5 – 30, 2008

Address: Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Via Reggio Emilia 32 c/d, 00198 Roma, Italy, tel/fax: 06 44247451 | Map

Further reading: Princess of Desire (2007) |  Japanese Princess (2005)

Jessica Joslin: New Show & Book!

by Suzanne on April 1st, 2008


Adeliza by Jessica Joslin, 2007

It deeply amazes and impresses me to see how tirelessly and committed my friend Jessica Joslin works day and night whenever I confront myself with the plethora of charismatic brass & filigrée creatures that her ingenious brains and hands have given birth to in the past year alone. She seems to be driven by an invisible spectre.

How inspiring it is to see artists like her being pushed by their curiosity and thirst for knowledge, rather than just living of their fame and name!

Jessica’s new series of work is entitled Curiosa and will be on show at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale from Thursday onwards.


Lautrec by Jessica Joslin, 2008

In other great news, Jessica’s monograph, Strange Nature, is finally out and available as a beautifully illustrated 152-pages hardbound book through P.S. Studios, Inc.

Opening reception: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7 – 9 PM

Book signing with the adorable J.J.: Saturday, April 5, 2008, 1 – 3 PM

On show: April 3 – 26, 2008

Address: Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA, tel: 480 · 990 · 7342

Monograph: Strange Nature