Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Tentacles / Cephalopoda by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia
Memory of Afternoon by Fuco Ueda, 2004
It’s beautiful to see how she has refined her style and perfected her technique – without betraying her artistic heritage – since then.
She’s still obsessed with marine flora & fauna, lizards, cephalopoda, skeletons, nasobema, minotaurs, pregnant hybrid creatures, reddened knees, shoes, hair, stairs, merry-go-rounds, the anonymity and gleichschaltung of the education system, peculiar medical examinations, dripping nectar.. and other sinfully sticky liquids..
A keen observer of (dream) anatomy and shadows, Fuco Ueda knows that shadows are never black or grey, but shimmer in the most surreal colours. She cunningly hides them in her protagonists’ palms, under their chins, behind their necks, in their noses and under their school uniforms – their graceful bodies eternally shining under golden nuclear hailstorm skies.
What I love most about her artworks is the way she deliberately stains them. Unlike ordinary tea or paint stains, they somehow manage to create a feeling of erotic force and thanatal discomfort – similar to what I felt when I first saw Marcel Duchamp’s Paysage Fautif – a composition made entirely out of his own semen.
Mother by Fuco Ueda, 2002
The exhibition will take place at The Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery Iona College Arts Center and is due to open this Sunday afternoon (further details below).
I must admit that I find the list of artists rather random and I would have wished for a smaller, more sophisticated selection and a clearer profile. About 1/6 of the list are remarkably talented artists whose works belong to an entirely different league than the rest and without being elitist, I really don’t see what benefit is gained by putting them in the same context. Oh well… in 2046, I’ll finally be ready to curate my own group exhibition and you’ll see what I mean.
Opening reception: Sunday, January 27, 1 – 3 PM
Closing reception: Thursday, February 21, noon – 3 PM
Artists: Click here for full list of featured artists
Place: The Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery Iona College Arts Center, 715 North Avenue , New Rochelle, NY 10801
On view: January 27 to February 21, 2008
EDIT: Hey, I said the WurzelSite turns 5 today two posts ago! Is anyone still reading?! Hmmpf!