Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Alice Anderson's Childhood Rituals at Freud Museum, London

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011

Housebound by Alice Anderson, site specific sculpture made of 3000 metres of dolls' hair, 2011 - Photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

You may have noticed that I'm posting events that are still a few weeks ahead of us. That's mainly because I will be off to my home town of Lucerne in a few days to attend the Fumetto Comics Festival! Weeeee!

Anyways, I'll be back in time for Alice Anderson's (previously featured here) amazing Childhood Rituals installation made of 3 km of dolls' hair wrapped around London's Freud Museum - with new sculptural pieces being on show inside the museum.

Alice Anderson about her work:

“I remember the terrible fears I used to have when I was a child left alone at home for many long hours waiting for the return of my mother. At that time I invented rituals for myself to calm my anxieties. These rituals consisted of undoing the thread from seams and I wound these threads around parts of my body and other objects. This obsession became so bad that I started to do the same thing using my hair.”

I don't miss any of Alice's exhibitions as - just like Chiharu Shiota - she has the rare gift to transform surroundings to the point where space becomes irrelevant and time a distant memory.

If you've never had a chance to see her work up close and you happen to be in London tomorrow, you can also catch a glimpse of her commission to All Visual Arts’ Bound at their new Kings Cross location. Kate MccGwire will also have a piece on show.

On show: Apr 15 - Jun 5, 2011

Address: Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, UK, tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002, email: info@freud.org.uk | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Admission: £6

Press release

Artist's website

Tous Cannibales at Maison Rouge, Paris

by Suzanne on March 29th, 2011

Girls Don't Cry by Makoto Aida, 2004 - click to enlarge

With the oeuvre featured in the Claude Lévi-Strauss inspired Tous Cannibales show at the Maison Rouge in Paris being incredibly stellar, it actually gave me a hard time selecting the image material for this little feature until I realised that generally speaking, the more Japanese sounding the artist, the better the artwork and as you can see, it's now a fact. Q.E.D. No, not really. But still.

What I find slightly bewildering if not downright outrageous is the fact that this show has been going on for way over a month already but has gotten almost no coverage. It's particularly bizarre considering that the grandiose Chiharu Shiota is currently exhibiting at the Maison Rouge as well.

© Toshio Saeki - click to enlarge

Artists represented in the Tous Cannibales show include:

Makoto Aida, Gilles Barbier, Michaël Borremans, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Will Cotton, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Dzama, James Ensor, Francisco de Goya, J. J. Grandville, Pieter Hugo, Melissa Ichiuji, Oda Jaune (a great new discovery for me!), Fernand Khnopff, Théo Mercier, Félicien Rops, Bettina Rheims, Toshio Saeki, Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and lots lots lots more.

School Girl by Melissa Ichiuji - click to enlarge

Jeanette Zwingenberger has done an absolutely outstanding and very brave job at curating and I can only hope that this turns into a traveling exhibition for the entire world to see.

Chapeau Maison Rouge, chapeau Jeanette Zwingenberger, chapeau all the artists involved. Details below. Oh, and watch the video which I'm totally hotlinking from their page. Shhhhh!

On show: Feb 12 - May 15, 2011

Address: La Maison Rouge, 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France, tel: +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM, Thu: 11 AM - 9 PM

Admission: €7

Press release & preview

Bye Bye Kitty!!! at Japan Society, New York

by Suzanne on March 21st, 2011

ERECTRO(clara) by Motohiko Odani, 2004, photo by Kioku Keizo - click to enlarge

Bye Bye Kitty!!! - Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art - a fantastically curated show that has gained prominent relevance due to recent sad events in Japan is currently on show at New York's Japan Society.

It's an incredible tour de force featuring some in the Western art world often marginalised and underrepresented Japanese artists, my favourites being: Makoto Aida, Manabu Ikeda, Rinko Kawauchi, Motohiko Odani (above), Chiharu Shiota (previously featured here) and Miwa Yanagi (below).

From the Fairytale series by Miwa Yanagi, silver gelatin print, 2004 - click to enlarge

There's a lot to see and learn at this show so please don't miss it if you're in NYC. The Japan Society also offers you countless ways to donate to Japan's struggle with the earthquake and tsunami aftermath.

Details are below and please don't miss this interview with the amazing Makoto Aida (via Substrom):

On show: Mar 18 - Jun 12, 2011

Address: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, tel: 212.832.1155 | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11 AM - 6 PM, Fri : 11 AM - 9 PM, Sat & Sun: 11 AM - 5 PM

Exhibition website | Events

Claire Morgan at Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne/Köln

by Suzanne on January 21st, 2011

While You Were Sleeping by Claire Morgan, taxidermy red squirrel, bluebottle flies, lead weights, nylon, acrylic, 2009 - click to enlarge

It's only a matter of 24060 seconds now until one of the most exciting new museums will open its gates: The Museum of Old and New Art in, yes, Tasmania with their inauguration group show Monanism.

Already on show is Chiharu Shiota's In Silence - a breathtaking installation of a burnt-out piano frozen in time and suspended in space.

A preview of their Monanism opening show is not yet online but I do know that my friend Julia deVille (of Disce Mori fame) and Claire Morgan will be exhibiting amongst many, many others.

The latter, Claire Morgan, seems to have successfully broken the space/time continuum and will also be exhibiting her new solo show Under the Sun at Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne.

Apart At The Seams by Claire Morgan, taxidermy jackdaw, thistle seeds, torn black polythene, lead, nylon, acrylic, 2009 - click to enlarge

Sadly, only the drawings are available for preview online yet, but:

"Claire Morgan has worked on ten new installations and twelve related drawings"

(Press release)

So there you go. Details below.

Opening reception: Tonight, Jan 21, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Jan 21 - Mar 2, 2011

Address: Galerie Karsten Greve, Drususgasse 1-5, D-50667 Cologne, Germany, tel: +49-(0)221-257 10 12

Hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6.30 PM, Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview & press release

Artist's website

Chiharu Shiota & Jitish Kallat at Haunch of Venison, London

by Suzanne on March 18th, 2010

The Astronomy of the Subway (detail) by Jitish Kallat, resin, steel, 2009

It's been another epic Art Thursday. I'm so happy that I don't have weekends, but Wednesdays and Thursdays off. This way, I get to see the best art in town with no-one around AND I get to go to SpitFields Antiques Market. Weeeeeeee!

I was thinking of maybe turning my Art Thursdays into little tours so that other art enthusiasts could join me, but alas, I have way too many ideas to improve this metropolis with a dose of Wurzelness already but too little time. Anyways, it's something to keep in mind... free WurzelArt® Thursdays. Yessir.

Anyways, after buying my yet tiniest doll at SpitFields, I headed off to the Gagosian, Alison Jacques Gallery and finally Haunch of Venison.

One Place (detail) by Chiharu Shiota, 400 windows (Eastside of Berlin), 2010

I would like to selfishly take this opportunity to manifest once and for all that I absolutely hate going to the Gagosian because of its ridiculous subliminal haute couture dress code and 3 security guards per room. Yes, I do look like a tramp, Larry, my dear, but I do admire your collection greatly and for one believe that interchangeable noir designer fashion has absolutely NADA to do with great art, so why don't you GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK and stop treating me like a terrorist for once just because I don't wear YSL and actually have a brain where your vacuous employees have a bottomless perfume reservoir. The reason why I get close up with your art is because I need to figure out how things are MADE! I'm analytic and thorough like that. SRSLY, your place is beginning to piss me off epically and I don't need a guy to open the door for me. It's retarded very passé.

Anyways, more about the actual show later. There were two of my favourite Bellmers, so yes, it was rather sweet.

Kudos to Alison Jacques for handing out free exhibition posters. These things always make me come back. I'm a sucker for freebies. Particularly if it's a depiction of a skeleton and a naked woman. Yay! More about their Ana Mendieta exhibition later too.

During Sleep by Chiharu Shiota, black wool, bed, 2010

So on to the best show of the day which was Chiharu Shiota at Haunch of Venison who exhibited alongside Jitish Kallat (top picture).

I missed her twice and was overjoyed to make it this time. And I wasn't disappointed.

HoV's vast, kafkaesque rooms were completely empty so I found myself very small and exposed standing in the middle of During Sleep (see above).

There's a lot of bullshit labelled as "existentialist art", but this is the real deal. Shiota's installations change your heartbeat, remind you of long forgotten childhood incidences in the forest and stop your breath. This was the most dreamlike, most fragile, most painful, most saddening exhibition I've ever seen. You stumble through During Sleep and you come out different in space and time and experience.

I remember Stéphane Blanquet doing something very similar to my psyche with his bedroom installation Beautycity at Fumetto 07 (my article in German) and most recently Alice Anderson with her Alice in Wonderland hair claustrophobica at Riflemaker (more later!), but Shiota reached deeper, maybe because my dream bedrooms are very similar to hers and I often dream about being very small and caught up in a ball of yarn and growing ever smaller and smaller and rooms expanding like lungs around me, forever inhaling.

So there I was, standing in my very own dream, 5 minutes from Piccadilly Circus at 2 PM.

Trauma / Alltag (dress) by Chiharu Shiota, steel frame, wool thread, plaster paint, dress, 2009

I love this city.

And I love my signed and numbered edition of Insecticides by Mat Collishaw for £25. Yay!

On show: February 19 - March 27, 2010

Address: Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET, UK, tel: +44(0)20 7495 5050 | Map

Gallery hours: Mon - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM

Admission: Free

Featured artists: Chiharu Shiota & Jitish Kallat

Online preview

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

Trauma / Alltag (Dress) by Chiharu Shiota, steel frame, wool thread, plaster paint, dress, 2009 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s West Galleries, London, until March 27.

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

During Sleep by Chiharu Shiota, black wool, bed 2010 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s West Galleries, London, until March 27.

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

One Place (detail) by Chiharu Shiota, 400 windows (Eastside of Berlin), 2010 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s West Galleries, London, until March 27.

by suzanne_tumblr on September 4th, 2009


art-it:margartia: Chiharu Shiota, Zustand des Seins / State of Being (Trauma / Alltag). 2008.

These are fucking beautiful - I can’t believe I missed this show (I’m particularly fond of “In Silence” which painfully reminds me of playing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” on the piano. I miss my piano.)

I think they would look great in a joint exhibition with Berlinde de Bruyckere’s sculptures. I wish I was a curator.