by Suzanne on July 15th, 2011
The Moon Is A Foul Intention by Tran Nguyen, graphite and acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge
I've been umming and ahhing about whether I should announce this exhibition or not because I've always found it somewhat difficult to place Tran Nguyen.
I guess she's in the process of finding her own style, but when I look at her pencilled works and her ornamental gold-leafing I can never help being reminded of Joao Ruas' oeuvre and when I analyse the movements of figure and fabrics I get a strange Eric Fortune sensation behind my retina.
Yet - and the reason why I've decided to post these pieces in the end - I do like the detailing in these two drawings, the sublime layering and delicate draping in the headscarves (I wish this precision and attention had continued down to the seams of the dresses that seem so very oddly stuck to the bodies like magnetic neoprene bathing suits). The luminosity of eyes, lips and fingernails is also very enticing and there's undoubtedly some lovely chiaroscuro going on around eyes and collarbones.
So let's just conclude that I'm having another unforgiving day and even though the show feels more like a giant drawing exercise to me than a finished exhibition, I think it's still worth checking it out in the flesh and prove me wrong.
Confronted With An Over-exposed Marquee by Tran Nguyen, graphite and acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge
Opening reception: Saturday, July 16, 5 - 8 PM, Tran will be in attendance
On show: Jul 16 - Aug 6, 2011
Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat: 1 - 8 PM
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
Further (in progress) by Eric Fortune, oil on canvas, 2010
by suzanne_tumblr on October 20th, 2009
A Peaceful Rest by Eric Fortune, acrylic on watercolour paper, 22 x 30 inches