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Femke Hiemstra & A Whole Lot of Eye Candy at CoproNason, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on April 5th, 2009

Glamour Cat by Scott Musgrove, oil on board

Excellence in pop-surrealist eye candy can always be expected from the people behind Hi-Fructose and CoproNason Gallery, but I think they have outdone themselves yet again.

Overdose has just gone on show and features the works of such glorious artists as Alex Pardee, Brendan Danielsson, Chris Peters, Chet Zar, Chris Scarborough, Dan Quintana, Eric Fortune, Jason D'Aquino, Josh Keyes, Kris Kuksi (see image below), Kukula, Martin Wittfooth, Michael Page, Scott Musgrove (see image top), Travis Louie, Yosuke Ueno, Yoko d'Holdbachie to actually only name a few..

The Recreation by Kris Kuksi, mixed media assemblage

And as if this wasn't enough, Femke Hiemstra (see image bottom) has a solo show entitled The Herring's Hairdo in gallery #3. Weeeeeee!

On display till April 25. Details below.

On show: April 4 - 25, 2009

Address: CoproNason Gallery, Bergamot Station T5, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, tel: 310-829-2156

Preview Overdose show | Preview The Herring's Hairdo show | Press release Overdose | Press release The Herring's Hairdo


Concours De Popularité by Femke Hiemstra, mixed media book cover

Noxious Fumes at Rivet Gallery, Columbus

by Suzanne on October 3rd, 2008

Evil Last by Brian Viveros - click for details/larger version

Okay, I admit it right away: The painting posted above won't be on show at Noxious Fumes - a postapocalyptic, gasmask themed group show opening at Rivet Gallery tomorrow - but I needed a contextual excuse to post it because I think it's Brian's finest work.

However, Brian Viveros will indeed exhibit at the show - alongside such great artists as Chris Peters, Tin, Kathie Olivas, Chet Zar, Annie Owens, Davey Wong & Doktor A. Woohooo!

I don't know why I just said woohooo! - my face looks terribly silly when I say that. o_O

Opening: Tomorrow, October 4, 2008, 7 - 10 PM

On show: October 4 - 29, 2008

Address: Rivet, 1200 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201, USA

Preview works

Artist's website

Andrew Foster & Co. at Wal*Art, L.A.

by Suzanne on September 19th, 2008

Girl Talk by Andrew Foster, oil on canvas, 2007

Please forgive the frantic posting today, but since I work in a gallery, Thursdays & Fridays are pretty much my "weekend" before the art week starts again (and again... and again...) and the only days I actually have time to read emails, feeds and post to the blog these days (it has always made me slightly suspicious that so many blogging folks out there somehow "find" the time to post updates from work - it seems to me that I never have a single second to myself when I love my work and devote myself entirely to it, but I guess I'm just old-fashioned in this regard and that's an entii-iiirely different story, innit?)

Anyway, now that the days are getting shorter and colder again, it can't do any harm to remind ourselves of all that's great about summer: Sock puppeteering under the late, golden afternoon sun with your best friend wearing your favourite underwear.

I think Andrew Foster - the artist of the above piece - has truly understood more about the essence and the meaning of life than anyone else. It all comes down to sock puppets. Yes.

You can see more of Andrew's oeuvre at Brad Benedict's NowBrow group show - "a whole new collection of thrills, chills, wonders and curiosities".

The extensive list of over 30 artists includes works by great talents such as Paul Chatem, Erik Sandberg, Chris Peters, Andrew Brandou & Gregg Gibbs.

The exhibition opens tomorrow at Wal*Art. That's Wal*Art, not Wal*Mart. I know... confusing. One is for mass produced rubbish for a consumerist society and the other one is.. well.. a gallery, I guess.

All details below.

Opening reception: Tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, 2008, 7 - 11 PM

On show: September 20 - October 23, 2008

Address: Wal*Art, 1639 South La Cienega Blvd. (between Pico and Venice), Los Angeles, California 90035, USA, tel: 310-274-9055

Openings hours: Tue - Fri, 11 AM - 5 PM | Sat by appointment only

Preview works

Massive Eye Candy Overload at CoproNason this weekend!

by Suzanne on August 4th, 2008

Grace by Chris Peters, oil on canvas

The head of the Wurzelmonkeys® who manage my inbox just forwarded me an email by skeleton artist extraordinaire Chris Peters:

"I wanted to let you know that CoproNason Gallery is having a busy night of 5 solo shows, including one of mine!

Kris Lewis' Gilding the Lily
Travis Louie's The Great Gugga Mugga
Chris Peters' The End and After
Michael Page's New Beginnings
Martin Wittfooth's Sandcastles in the Tide

The show opens Saturday, August 9th, from 8 - 11:30 PM and will be up until August 30th.

Very best,


Thank you very much for letting us know, Chris, and the very best of luck (... and fun!) to you, Kris, Travis, Michael & Martin!

Left: Witness by Martin Wittfooth | Right: Arrival by Kris Lewis

On show: August 9 - 30, 2008

Featuring: Kris Lewis, Travis Louie, Chris Peters, Michael Page & Martin Wittfooth

Address: CoproNason Gallery, Bergamot Station T5, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, tel: 310-829-2156

Previews: Chris Peters | Martin Wittfooth | Michael Page | Travis Louie | Kris Lewis

Hi-Fructose Anniversary Show at Copro Nason

by Suzanne on July 9th, 2008

Carcohl by Chris Ryniak (probably not exhibited!)

Aaa-aaaand, there's yet another artiversary to be celebrated this week: The beautifully designed & intelligently written art mag Hi-Fructose - one of the very few I can be bothered to buy and read these days - turns 3 this year! Yay!

To celebrate its infancy and the release of Vol. 8, the Fructosians cordially invite you to come to the opening party of their group show at Copro Nason in Santa Monica this Saturday between 8 and 11:30 PM.

And on that note, I'm off to Switzerland till Tuesday to see Sigur Rós, my beloved Lake Lucerne and hopefully one or the other glacier. Time for some fresh air.

Take care, you lot. See you soon.

Opens: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 8 - 11:30 PM

On show: July 12 - August 2, 2008

Featuring: Amy Sol, Brian Viveros, Chris Peters, Chris Ryniak, Dave Cooper, David Stoupakis, Esao Andrews, Jeff Soto, Jim Woodring, Josh Keyes, Kukula, Michael Page, Laurie Lipton, Ray Caesar, Stella Im Hultberg, Travis Louie, Yoskay Yamamoto, et al.

Address: Copro Nason Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, tel: 310-829-2156

Sneak peek

Exhibition preview now online!

Opening reception photos

Nicoletta Ceccoli, Chris Peters, Stella im Hultberg & friends

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2007

Three recommendable exhibitions for readers from the California / Washington area:

Kukula and Nicoletta Ceccoli

Bee Dream. Acrylic on paper. 11.5"x15.5" © Nicoletta Ceccoli

Who: Kukula & Nicoletta

Where: Roq la Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle/WA

When: On view till August 4, 2007.

Why: Because Kukula and Nicoletta beat every childhood sugar-rush.

Next-Gen - Art for the New Aeon

Sister Beatrice. Oil on canvas. 20"x16" © 2007 Chris Peters

Who: Chris Peters, Ron English, Lola, Chet Zar, Kris Lewis, Esao Andrews, Kukula's clone, Travis Louie, and many, many others.

Where: Copro Nason Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica/CA

When: On view till August 4, 2007.

Why: Because you can also see the works of Paul Chatem in the same gallery! Weeee!

Crazy 4 Cult

The Big Tourist. Oil and ink on tea-stained paper. 9"x12" © 2007 Stella im Hultberg

Who: Over 50 artists reinterpret their favourite cult classic films with one-of-a-kind original artwork. Yup.

Where: Gallery 1988, 7020 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles/CA

When: On view till August 10, 2007.

Why: For the love of Marla Singer.

Another Glorious Nosebleed

by Suzanne on October 13th, 2005

© and feat. Suzanne G. - click to enlarge


© Lori Earley - click to enlarge

Apak Studio (Now with shop!) | Brandt Peters | Derek Nobbs (LJ) | FrankenStyles | Howie Tsui | Irana Douer | Jeana Sohn | John John Jesse | Joshua M. Smith | Kelly Lynn Jones | Kiersten Essenpreis | Lori Earley | Marci Washington | Rachel Salomon | Ryan Bubnis | Ryan Burghard | Tiffany Bozic


© Akif Hakan Celebi for Phirebrush #32

Clandestina #39 | Head Magazine #26 | Humus #5 | Phirebrush #32 | Shift #107


Still from "Spook"

Sixes Last - Beautifully surreal mecha-nature video | Spook - Eerie ghost girl finds cuddly teddy bear


© Ray Caesar at The Affordable Art Fair - click to enlarge

• Diane Arbus' Revelations at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.

→ Vernissage: Tonight, October 13, 2005

View exhibition website | Preview & review by The Guardian

John John Jesse's Idol Worship at Art@Large Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Vernissage: Tonight, October 13, 2005

→ Preview J.J.'s new works online

Sas & Colin Christian at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: Tonight, October 13, 2005

Bad Moon Rising at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, USA.

→ Vernissage: October 14, 2005

→ Featuring: Lisa Petrucci, Joshua Petker, Luke Chueh, Ryan Bubnis, Travis Louie, Andrew Brandou, and many more.

• Team Kitten & Simon Morse's FETISH Exhibition at the Cross Street Orphanage in Auckland, New Zealand.

→ Vernissage: October 14, 2005

View flyer

Johann Heinrich Füssli retrospective at Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland.

→ Vernissage: October 14, 2005

Tim Biskup & Dalek at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Vernissage: October 15, 2005

• Jake & Dinos Chapman's Like a dog returns to its vomit at White Cube Gallery in London, UK.

→ Vernissage: October 19, 2005

Ray Caesar (et al.) at The Affordable Art Fair in London, UK.

→ Running: October 20-23, 2005

Frieze Art Fair at Regent's Park in London, UK.

→ Running: October 21-24, 2005

The Pony Project at Milk Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ Running: October 21-25, 2005

→ Featuring some of today's leading female artists

MONSTER - An International Group Show at Just Be Design / Compound Gallery in Portland, USA.

→ Finissage: October 31, 2005

→ Featuring: Charles Glaubitz, Gordon Wiebe, Jon Burgerman, David Barneda, David Lee, Kristian Olson, Saiman Chow, Teriyaki Tagashira, Rokutaku Sakamoto and Gen


Les trois mousquetaires (Alexandre Dumas père / French) | The Chemical History of a Candle (Michael Faraday / English)


Alan Moore vs Brian Eno (by BBC 4's Chain Reaction) | Amy Crehore interview (by The Drama Magazine) | Ana Bagayan interview (by Fecal Face) | Ellen von Unwerth interview I (by American Photo) | Ellen von Unwerth interview II (by Salon) | Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean interview (by Nerve) | Neil Gaiman & Susanna Clarke interview (by Salon)


Monty Python's Flying Circus - The complete unexpurgated scripts of the original TV series


The Wassmann Foundation - The mysterious art of Johann Dieter Wassmann


Never read people's websites whose lives you wish to have. It will only depress you and make you feel utterly worthless. Instead, try to be realistic and embrace your true talents.


I added more books to my book sale page - more will be added in the next few days. If you consider buying a book, please do it now so that I don't have to move them all to my new home. Thanks.

Oh, did I mention that I've had a nasty stomach flu for almost 3 weeks now? I just think I deserve your money sympathy.