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Nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison

by Suzanne on December 8th, 2005



© Mark Holthusen - click to enlarge

"Reason did not extend itself with the bulk of the body; on the contrary, we observed in our country, that the tallest persons were usually the least provided with it; that among other animals, bees and ants had the reputation of more industry, art, and sagacity, than many of the larger kinds. [...]

I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth."

(From: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift)

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UPCOMING MID-DECEMBER EXHIBITIONS


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The Winter Invitational at Art at Large in New York, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 8, 2005

→ Featuring: Sorayama, H.R. Giger, John John Jesse, David Hochbaum et al.

Anne Faith Nicholls' Unusuelle at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 8, 2005, 7 - 11 PM

Elizabeth McGrath's Altarwise by Owl-Light at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005

Paranormal at The Drawing Club in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 7 - 11 PM

→ Featuring: New work by Ronald Kurniawan & Joel Nakamura.

Lil Big Fat at Magpie Gallery in San Diego, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 5 PM - midnight

→ Featuring: Jeremiah Ketner, Rik Catlow, Ryan Bubnis, Scott Saw, Kathie Olivas, Caia Koopman, Joshua Petker, Julie West, Luke Chueh, Chris Ryniak, and more.

Out of Doors at AfterModern in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 6 - 9 PM

→ Featuring: Fafi, Fawn Gehwheiler, Andrew Ross et al.

Please also keep an eye on the left sidebar for more upcoming events.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

N° 1

In a couple of minutes, at 00:35 CET, good olde ARD will be showing the restored and enhanced version of Fritz Lang's M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder.

Watch it if you can / haven't done so already!

N° 2

Trevor Brown's website has been hacked / stolen. Please update your bookmarks to his alternative URL.

... and Satan gave me another taco...

by Suzanne G. on March 13th, 2005


© The Duke of Prunes

The charming young lady above ate this blog entry twice.

And her appetite for HTML code is still not assuaged, as you can clearly see.

Just so you know how much I love you, dear reader.

Hmmmpf.

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DANIEL MARTIN DIAZ EST DE RETOUR...


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© D.M.D.

Beautifully disturbing Daniel Martin Diaz is currently selling a limited edition (only 13 sets à... ahem... $2,500) of handprinted linoleum carvings entitled De Exorcismus et Supplicationibus Quibusdam.

The print set is accompanied by an essay that explores the intricacies of exorcism in the Catholic Church and provides an in-depth analysis of Diaz's images.

→ Please visit Pressure Printing's website for further details.

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... LE SURREALISME, MAN RAY ET ...

Kunsthalle Hamburg is currently showing The Gaze of Desire - an amazing exhibition about the early days of surrealist photography.

Exhibited artists include:

Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget, Hans Bellmer, Denise Bellon, Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Josef Breitenbach, André Breton, Claude Cahun, Georges Hugnet, Valentine Hugo, Louis-Jean-Baptiste Igout, Pierre Jahan, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Eli Lotar, Dora Maar, René Magritte, Man Ray, Marcel Mariën, Willy Maywald, E. L. T. Mesens, Lee Miller, Paul Nougé, Jean Painlevé, Gaston Paris, Roger Parry, Roger Schall, Jindrich Štyrský, Raoul Ubac, Robert Valençay, Wols.

The exhibition is being staged in conjunction with Hamburg's 3rd Triennial of Photography as well as a photography competition entitled Begierde Im Blick / Hamburg Surreal.

N.B.: Make sure you visit the Kunsthalle's own library. They have a most impressive collection of catalogues raisonnés, as I could convince myself the last time I was in H'burg.

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... MONSIEUR HANSEN AUSSI...

Oh, delay!

Beck's playing a show this coming Monday, March 14th at the Islington Academy in London.

Also, The Guardian is looking for some clever questions for the upcoming interview with Beck on Guero - his latest album - and his new underwear.

And yes, I've already submitted "Will you marry me?". About 17 times.

So, send your questions in to arts.editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk before next Tuesday. Please put "Beck" in the subject line.

Hmm... I think I'd prefer my Mr Hansen with post-its instead of labels and without shirt... but that's a totally different story...

AiS and c505 do Beck! Yay! :)

→ Feature on Beck in anthemMag. *melts*

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... ET EGALEMENT ROBERT CRUMB!

Robert Crumb is invading Merry Olde England with a show at the Whitechapel and a book promotion tour this March.

KultureFlash writes:

"[...] Maturing with Hippies in the Bay Area, Crumb's life is a document to that other America: one that also belongs to Ware, Charles Burns and Harvey Pekar. Besides being an amusing storyteller, Crumb is first, and foremost, a brilliant draughtsman. [...]"

→ Don't miss the Art Talk with Crumb on Friday, 18th March 2005, 8:20 PM @ the NFT.

The Londonist has all the necessary details on book signings, shows and lectures.

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NOTE TO SELF

How come both Beck Hansen and Robert Crumb are fiddling around with their ties on the photographs above. Hmmm... I guess it has a similar subliminal meaning to the female gesture of adjusting a bra strap and I'll probably file this under "Verlegenheitsgesten".

Still, I should have definitely paid closer attention to Sigmund Freud's
Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagslebens.

*Adjusts bra and smokes a cigar*

In other thrilling news, Chet Zar will go down in the annals of the History of Hypertext as the man with the best splash site ever!

Yes.