Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Julie Heffernan in San Francisco & Alex CF's limited edition of "Many Dead Things"

by Suzanne on August 28th, 2011

Budding Boy by Julie Heffernan, oil on canvas, 78 x 56 inches, 2010 - click to enlarge

This coming Saturday, September 3, Julie Heffernan's highly anticipated solo show Boy O Boy II will be opening at Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, San Francisco.

Since it's totally impossible to notice the subtleties, the intricate microcosms (see for instance the tiny ladder in Budding Boy bottom left), the cultivated pastoral or the symbiotic opulence which are all so very essential to Julie's work in an online reproduction, I would highly recommend you to go see Boy O Boy II in person if you happen to be in S.F..

The official reception is actually not until September 10, 4 - 7 PM. The exhibition will remain on show until October 29, 2011.

© Alex CF

Good news just reached us from Alex CF HQ: Alex's acclaimed debut monograph Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Lord Merrylin will be released as a new edition. Click here for more details and here to pre-order your own copy.

The release is limited to 100 copies only - each of them signed - containing 140 pages of glorious cryptozoology, a foreword by the great Reece Shearsmith from League of Gentlemen and costs £30.

Finally, and for absolutely no reason other than CAUSE I FUCKING CAN, please enjoy these fabulous horror GIFs that were brought to my attention by the SameHat Tumblr. If you happen to have any information on their source and/or creator, please do get in touch.

Click images to enlarge

Bits and Pieces of Such Utter Randomness That You Might Want to Call a Nurse

by Suzanne on May 4th, 2011

Behold these news items of great importance and visual beauty that I found while clearing out my tabs...

Why make separate posts when you can squash everything together in one? EXACTLY!


Sculpture from Jessica Harrison's Breaking series, photo by Wurzeltod , 2011 - click to enlarge

I reported about her current London solo show here and I'm happy to say that Jealous Gallery allowed me to take pictures of her sculptures. You can find them over here on Flickr.


Heretics' Gate by Doug Foster/Unkle, photo by Wurzeltod , 2011 - click to enlarge

Last weekend, after my visit to Jealous, I took a stroll down Camden Road and ended up at the beautifully dilapidated St Michael's church where Doug Foster is currently showing his Heretics' Gate (music by UNKLE). Do check it out if you're near Camden.


Improvisation avec Lizzie by Féebrile, 2011 - click to enlarge (slightly)

.. and staying goff, I stumbled upon Féebrile's most gorgeous photo yet. It's entitled Improvisation avec Lizzie and it's one of the most painting-like photographs my eyes have ever seen. Such beauty.


Pharaoh Nophru ka by Alex CF, 2011 - click to enlarge (slightly)

Alex CF is on a creative roll. He's crafted his most astonishing mummy to date, Pharaoh Nophru ka, and is looking for people to collaborate on a new project:

"Over the next year I will be making my own interpretation of alice in wonderland. Call it trite, but I believe my take on this classic childrens books will be original enough to warrant its creation. I am making all of the practical effects myself, and I am slowly but surely roping in a number of friends to help me film, edit and produce the short. I am looking for anyone willing to help out, from location seeking to costume to acting.

Read on


Yes, he's back. The Elder Gods have heard our prayers.


Who's just released the one tarot deck that's literally going to kill all tarot decks? That's right, Le Dernier Cri and Olivier Texier have.

You can buy it here for ridiculously cheap €25.


Estelle Hanania shared this amazing video with the internets the other day and I thought you might like it too. Filmed by Simon Bernheim.


Shit title, great film. Go see it.

Alex CF looking for UK group show co-conspirators!

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Vampiric Anatomical Biological Research Case by Alex CF, 2010

Exciting news from Alex CF - master of many dead things in jars: He's planning to do a small London group show and is currently looking for like-minded artists/creators/collectors who are interested in collaborating on such an event.

"I am seeking creators of things, collectors, makers for a small exhibition. London based, maybe east."

- Alex CF

L’enfant Diabolique by Alex CF, 2010

All I can say is that Alex CF's London solo show in June 2010 - that I had the great pleasure co-organising - blew people's minds and left many scarred for life. And that's precisely what a good show SHOULD achieve.

This is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the very best in cryptozoological creature art so please do get in touch with him either on his blog or by email at alex.cf(at)hotmail.co.uk if you have what it takes.

And while we're at it, make sure to also check out Alex's new illustration blog Blackmonger with beautiful illustrations for his new band Light Bearer amongst others, as well as his ever growing Encyclopædia Obscura - a fortean Alex CF almanac of epic proportions.

by suzanne_tumblr on May 19th, 2010

Proudly introducing Alex CF’s Enfant Diabolique and my sweet little Tweety. Aren’t they just adorable? 

Photo © Wurzeltod

"Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Alex CF" at Superette Gallery, London

by Suzanne on May 12th, 2010

Brace yourselves for an epic series of global exhibition announcements. We start with this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England where David Cameron and Nick Clegg are currently trying to convince us that they're not actually alien androids but BFF. We'll then move on to see what's going on in Germany and France and end our little journey through the arts in the New World.

L’enfant Diabolique by Alex CF, mixed media, 2010 – click to enlarge

First up is my partner in crime Alex CF's first solo show entitled Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Alex CF.

The exhibition will take place at the Superette Gallery just off Brick Lane from May 27 - June 2, 2010.

Werewolf Anatomical Research Case by Alex CF, mixed media, 2008 – click to enlarge

Alex will be in attendance throughout the show and sign his monograph at the opening reception. I will mainly try to look existential and starved cause that's what people generally seem to do in Brick Lane.

Anyhow, do come along and bring your friends, rats, pickled brains, hangovers and exaggerated praise!

Public opening reception: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6 - 9 PM | RSVP

On show: May 27 - June 2, 2010

Address: Superette Gallery, 66A Sclater Street, Off Brick Lane, London, E1 6HR, UK | Map

Sneak preview | Press release | Flyer

Artist's website

Mark Ryden's Lincoln Day Sale

by Suzanne on February 12th, 2010

Incarnation by Mark Ryden, oil on panel, 72 x 48 inches, 2009 - click to enlarge

Ah, I like etymologically correct art.

This just in for Rydenophiles: In celebration of Abe Lincoln's 201st birthday which we're celebrating today, Porterhouse Fine Art Editions are holding a one-day only sale with 50% off their entire online shop range.

Sale ends tonight midnight PST. Which is Pacific Standard Time, FYI, not an angry request to STFU.

In other news, congrats to Len for winning the last competition! Weeee! Rosemarie Trockel's Replace Me was of course based on Courbet's L’origine du monde from 1866. Well done! Your present is on its way.

Next up is the Quote of the Day. This time it's by my partner in crime bones, Alex CF, and was uttered while playing Dante's Inferno:

"I don't want to swim around, I want to fucking kill things."


And finalemente, my unsolicited two pennies on an occurrence that in the past 24 hours has been emetically exploited by the fashion blogosphère:

When will the world learn that those who write their own requiems eventually die?!

Kate Moss hologram from Alexander McQueen AW06 show

It's not even sad, it just... consequence and logic. It's so relative how, when (and even if ever) the creativity of ones lifetime unfolds; to say that McQueen was too young to die is so very presumptuous and insulting looking at his ripe oeuvre.

He doesn't owe us anything, anymore. In my eyes, he was a 230-year-old noble yet permanently hungry fashion vampire who has seen it all before - the decadent gluttony, the insane grandeur, the ethereal beauty, the auratic melancholy - and it's this what became his creation. It's not going to go away. So just let him go now, please.

by suzanne_tumblr on November 13th, 2009

Oh, and while you have your brains/devices handy, also mark the date of Alex’s band’s last show EVAR! It’s sold out, but there’s a waiting list.

Bring your saddest Goodbye Fall of Efrafa face. And sparklers.

Illustration © Alex CF

by suzanne_tumblr on October 19th, 2009

My brother and I on our way up to the top of Mount Pilatus (about 75% done) a fortnight ago after around 4 hours of climbing. Alex was behind the iPhone.

Please note that I generally climb mountains in Adidas® shoes. I’m hardcore like that.

And yes, these are cable car lines in the background. But those are for the Americans and the Japanese (they can fit twice as many of the latter in than the former, it’s a fact!), not for the Swiss and the English. Oh, no! :)

by suzanne_tumblr on September 27th, 2009

Alex & I

Picture taken by myself on top of the KKL with a deadly freezing (you can see it in my cheeks and Thee Icy Stare ov Doooom) and snowy Luzern in the background.

Taken almost 2 years ago*.

I sometimes find it heart hard to believe.


(*) Awww… lots of piercings! Cute! o_O

by suzanne_tumblr on September 22nd, 2009

Another one from Alex CF back from my dreads days. The title refers to my surname “Gerber” translating to “tanner”. Yep, all my ancestors were smelly barbarians from the Bernese Alps ripping the skin off animals for fun and/or profit. Things haven’t changed that much.

Long live the sub-proletariat!