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
Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM
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...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery hours: Not listed
Other arty things on the internets:
ALVB by Chris Conn Askew, 2011
Excerpt from Bigger and Better by Muddy Wehara
Pollen by Kristin Kwan, pencil and watercolour
Kristin Elder is now Kristin Kwan. Congrats to the young couple!
Adam Wallacavage says:
"I use only true Floridian Goths to paint the black on my chandeliers."
And Sir Substrom reminds us of some essential Chris Morrisian truths.
by Suzanne on December 20th, 2010
Arcadia by Chris Conn Askew - click to enlarge
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 email@example.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!
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
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.
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 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.
Skin Deep by Jeremy Enecio, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge
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.
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.
Further (in progress) by Eric Fortune, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge
The Raft by Tiffany Bozic, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge
Dive (detail) by James Jean, 2010 - click to enlarge
James Jean's Dive has been given the posh Pressure Printing treatment.
Pull the Blinds by Christopher Conn Askew - click to enlarge
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...
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.
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.
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...
by suzanne_tumblr on March 12th, 2010
by suzanne_tumblr on November 21st, 2009
A lazy reblog for a good cause. This comes from my devoted comrade Chris Conn Askew:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. if you have any questions, please email me ONLY at email@example.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…