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Christopher Conn Askew's "96 Tears" at Merry Karnowsky, Los Angeles

by Suzanne on December 1st, 2011


A Teardrop and a Flame by Christopher Conn Askew, watercolour, ink, graphite, nail polish & gouache on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2011 - click to enlarge

96 Tears is one of the very few exhibitions where I don't even mind looking at the opening photographs because for once, they're full of beautiful and inspiring people - amongst them, obviously, the brilliant Askew-san himself.

For me, it has become ever clearer over the years that CC Askew is one of those rare artists who - rather than beginning to focus on the easy recipe of iconography that works and recurring themes that sell - constantly expand their intellectual and occult horizons, artistic heritage and understanding of foreign cultures and thus manage to integrate ever new aspects into their works.

In a way, CC has sometimes almost been a bit of a reverse Suehiro Maruo to me because just like Maruo - who has an obsession for blending motives from the Golden Age of Hollywood into his works - Askew does something similar with oriental cultures. And just like a Vania Zouravliov he does it with the utmost respect, admiration and sensitivity.

But this simple analogy would not do the master justice as he's an iconosynthesist in his own right who has created his very own visual language and narrative codes.

So YEAH, what am I even writing this all for? It's all pretty self-evident from the two new works posted here that you should absolutely go see 96 Tears if you're in L.A. before December 10.

And in the meantime, I'll be sitting here praying to the Elder Gods that Askew will be asked to design Shin Megami Tensei: Persona characters some fine day in the future.


No Golden Years by Christopher Conn Askew, watercolour, ink, graphite, nail polish, gouache & gold leaf on paper, 12 x 27 inches, 2011 - click to enlarge

On show: Nov 12 - Dec 10, 2011

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA, tel: 323.933.4408 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Preview | Opening photos

WurzelForum discussion

"Panacea", A New Chris Conn Askew Print & MonsterBrains Honours Virgil Finlay

by Suzanne on August 29th, 2011


Panacea by Chris Conn Askew - click to enlarge

My incredibly talented and anachronistically noble friend Chris Conn Askew has a gorgeous new print available. His limited editions normally sell out really fast, cause you know, who doesn't want a lusciously curly lady with velvety puff sleeves and cat scratches on her cheek sitting in a lower jaw hanging on their walls? EXACTLY.

Panacea is a giclee print on 180gsm Hahnemühle paper, signed and numbered by the master and comes in two different sizes at 8”x10” (20x25cm) for $60 and at 14”x18” (36x46cm) for $100. Shipping is an additional $10 to anywhere in this solar system. How cool is that? VERY! Each size is strictly limited to a single edition of 250.

Needless to say that compared to what his prints tend to sell for once they've sold out, that's a fucking steal, children.

Read CC's post here on how to secure yourself a print.

I know it's one of the weirder compliments to give, but whenever I get absorbed by the ancient symbolism of Askew's art, I just cannot help thinking that had he been alive during the times of Dr. Robert Ley, he would have doubtlessly been asked to be Hauptlayouter of the Organizationsbuch der NSDAP. God, I'm truly shit at compliments, but I know he'll get it...

In other retina-tickling news, the obsessive-compulsive Aeron Alfrey of MonsterBrains fame has posted THE absolute Virgil Finlay überpost - one that even the Great Old Ones will enjoy.


© Virgil Finlay, via MonsterBrains - click to enlarge

Victoria Reynolds' Meatscapes at Richard Heller, NYC

by Suzanne on February 22nd, 2011

PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE: Apart from nausea and cramps, I'm feeling a lot better already and will be tackling the backlog of emails and comments in reverse chronological order very soon. Thank you for your patience.


Down the Primrose Path by Victoria Reynolds, oil on panel, 2003 - click to enlarge

As a full-time vegetarian and part-time vegan, I've always felt nauseous looking at raw animal meat (whereas, strangely enough, I am totally confortable staring at human flesh) which is probably why Victoria Reynolds's works have fascinated me for a long time now.

As mistress of painted meat landscapes, Victoria truly holds a monopoly in a rather bizarre niche of oil painting.

Her new works can now be seen at Richard Heller Gallery until March 19.

Further information below.

On show: Feb 12 - Mar 19, 2011

Address: Richard Heller Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, B-5A, Santa Monica, California, 90404, USA, tel: 310-453-9191, email: art@richardhellergallery.com

Gallery hours: Not listed

Preview show

Other arty things on the internets:

I)


ALVB by Chris Conn Askew, 2011

Chris Conn Askew is auctioning off his most recent original painting ALVB on eBay, or "evil, evil eBay" as he calls it. 10% of the sale will go to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary.

II)


Excerpt from Bigger and Better by Muddy Wehara

The great Aeron of MonsterBrains fame was kind enough to create a Muddy Wehara slideshow on Flickr. Yay!

III)


Pollen by Kristin Kwan, pencil and watercolour

Kristin Elder is now Kristin Kwan. Congrats to the young couple!

IV)

Adam Wallacavage says:

"I use only true Floridian Goths to paint the black on my chandeliers."

OK!

V)

Rebecca Uchill invented the glorious Random Exhibition Title Generator (via Valentina Tanni)

VI)

And Sir Substrom reminds us of some essential Chris Morrisian truths.

Chris Conn Askew News

by Suzanne on December 20th, 2010


Arcadia by Chris Conn Askew - click to enlarge

Yes! It's that time of the year again when the magnificent monsieur CC (previously featured here) releases limited edition prints. Hurrah!

This time, it's the spicy Arcadia (see image above). She comes as a gorgeous 12”x18 giclee print, signed and numbered in an edition of 250. All I can say is: BUNS!

I'm fortunate enough to own one of Chris' Six Girls prints and the colours are super rich and the paper well sourced so I'm sure Mlle Arcadia will make you just as happy.

Ordering couldn't be easier as you just use Chris' PayPal email nolovelost007@hotmail.com to send him $120 US plus $8 US for shipping (to ANYWHERE in the world - now isn't that nice!). Make sure your shipping address is correct, you morons! Details here (if you're suspicious that I'm making you send money to the Molvanian Trotskyist dentist party).

Mammon bless our modern times when financial ruin/collector's bliss is just one mouse click away.

Chris says about the shipping:

I will be able to begin shipping on December 17th, and all orders will be processed immediately, in the order in which they arrived. If you want an express option, that is available for $20 US (instead of the standard $8, not in addition to), and the postal office assured me that any domestic packages expressed by the 23rd of December will arrive by Xmas. If you are outside of the US, and are interested in an express option, please email me and I will try to work something out for you.

But please don't stress the man!

In other merry Askewian news, Chris is going to finally have a solo show at the Merry Karnowsky gallery in L.A. in November of 2011. We'll keep you posted on that. Happy times!

The master himself again:

as i don’t actually own any of my own paintings, i am going to be working double-overtime at the paint factory for the rest of the year, so that i can stock the show nicely with all-new work, totally unseen by the public eye in any form ‘til the opening. as a result, i will only be able to sell a very small handful of originals this year, much less than usual, and a similar number of prints.

Discuss Chris Conn Askew on the WurzelForum.

by suzanne_tumblr on April 22nd, 2010

Oh, SpitiFields! You do spoil me. First I get to meet the absolutely lovely and wonderfully creative Viveka Goyanes of AmoelBarroco fame and fortune and then, you give me a new Chinese friend.

Say hello to Mr. Ann Ato Mee. Yes, you can indeed take his brains out, but I must say I rather like his collectivised zen Mao smile. 

Artwork in the background is a gift by the very generous and talented Chris Conn Askew, btw.  

WurzelArt Gazette March 2010 - Grab A Sammich

by Suzanne on March 12th, 2010


Work in progress by Joao Ruas, 2010

Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes and please pardon the radio silence. Our Angelique Houtkamp show was insanely busy and Angelique is now back home in Amsterdam and I can't tell you how relieved I am that she didn't get squeezed to death. Even our glass domes and the baby skulls are still intact - which clearly defies logic if you've seen the crowds at the opening reception. Some originals and the baby skulls are still for sale, so keep your eyes glued to Nelly Duff - I will upload details soonish.

Anyhow, it's March; which means the spring awakening of the beaux arts. Lots and lots and lots to report about. But since I have absolutely no idea where to start, I decided to give you some sneak previews of what my favourite WurzelArtists® have been up to recently.

This is only a small selection, but as you can see, people have been as busy as bees on coke and 2010 is going to be an amazing year for the visual arts, methinks.

JOAO RUAS


Fables cover #94 by Joao Ruas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Joao has been up to A LOT and it's always fascinating to see all the diverse things he's directing his talents to besides his work for Fables.

JEREMY ENECIO


Skin Deep by Jeremy Enecio, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge

The maître of tentacles and albino amazons has recently impressingly widened his repertoire to zombies for Zombies in Love at Gallery Nucleus.


Jeremy Enecio’s contribution to 100 Heads for Haiti, 2010 - click to enlarge

Oh, and he's just finishing the piece above for the 100 Heads for Haiti fundraiser. Nice.

ADARA SANCHES ANGUIANO


Bruise and a study by Adara Sánchez Anguiano, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

For those who hadn't noticed: Egon Schiele has been reincarnated in the shell of Adara Sánchez Anguiano and given a box of happy coloured crayons.

ERIC FORTUNE


Further (in progress) by Eric Fortune, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Eric keeps on bringing the chiaroscuro to his futuristic faces. Further will be on show at CoproGallery from this weekend onwards.

TIFFANY BOZIC


The Raft by Tiffany Bozic, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

Tiffany's Raft print is finally available through Joshua Liner Gallery.

JAMES JEAN


Dive (detail) by James Jean, 2010 - click to enlarge

James Jean's Dive has been given the posh Pressure Printing treatment.

CHRIS CONN ASKEW


Pull the Blinds by Christopher Conn Askew - click to enlarge

If, however, you're on a much smaller budget, get your hands on one of Chris Conn Askew's gorgeous new open edition prints.

MISS VAN


Poupées by Miss Van - click to enlarge

Meanwhile, does it seem like someone's slowly running out of ideas?! Miss Van releases an overpriced giclee of her 5-year-old Poupées. Hmm...

MARINA BYCHKOVA


Cixi (in progress) by Marina Bychkova, 2010 - click to enlarge

Marina, au contraire, has been tirelessly working her poor little paws off on one of her newest creations, Cixi. Here seen in progress.

JULIEN MARTINEZ


Véruka Vampirica (Blythe custom) by Julien Martinez, 2010 - click to enlarge

In other doll news, Julien Martinez has spookified yet another unsuspecting Blythe doll. Say hello to Véruka Vampirica.

ISABELLE ROYET-JOURNOUD


Wither by Isabelle Royet-Journoud, 2010 - click to enlarge

... and finally, Mme Isabelle Royet-Journoud looks a bit like a customised undead Blythe doll herself in this masterpiece of a self-portrait.

While here at Wurzeltod HQ, I've been mainly standing annoyingly in front of yet even more great art...

x

Suzanne

by suzanne_tumblr on March 12th, 2010

Pull the Blinds by Christopher Conn Askew - prints available here

by suzanne_tumblr on November 21st, 2009

A lazy reblog for a good cause. This comes from my devoted comrade Chris Conn Askew:

sekretcity:

so, once again, i have a new print available. actually three prints, sold ONLY as a set. the “ciudad” series. each of the three pieces will be approximately 8”x10” (21x25cm), and they can be framed separately or all together as a triptych. these top quality giclee prints will, as always, be produced by master craftsman Jay Foran at alpha reprographics (see my blog for contact info if you want to make your own prints) on heavy, creamy, luscious Hahnemühle paper imported from Germany (this company has been making some of Europe’s finest paper for over 420 years) in dense, rich “100 year” lighfast pigments. those of you who have ordered in the past will be familiar with the impressive quality of Jay’s work. this print will be strictly limited to an edition of 200, signed and numbered, and once they’re sold out, will never be reprinted. all past prints have at least doubled in value once they are no longer in print.
i just shipped the originals out to the printer, and i am taking pre-orders now, so if you’d like to order a set, please paypal $US 108.00 ($100 + $8 shipping to ANYWHERE in the world, even antarctic research stations) to the following paypal address: nolovelost007@hotmail.com. if you have any questions, please email me ONLY at nolovelost007@hotmail.com, as messages sent through myspace are often misplaced or lost, which is a big drag for both of us.
thanks for looking, and a special thank you to those of you who order. your continued support means so much to me!
i hope this autumn is a wonderful one for all of you…
cheers!
c