Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Suggestivism feat. Esao Andrews, Alex Gross, Kris Lewis et al. in Santa Ana

by Suzanne on January 31st, 2011

The Twenty by Alex Gross, oil on panel, 2003

I'm not sure whether I'm just announcing this exhibition to post some old-timey favourites of mine, but hey, Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein? Well, it depends on things like age, species, consent, I guess...

But anyways, following the recent trend of artist-curated group shows (I know you were expecting a rant here, but it's actually something I've really enjoyed seeing so far), Nathan Spoor brings Suggestivism to Santa Ana's Grand Central Art Center. The group exhibition opens this Saturday, February 5. Their website is behaving a bit spastically at the moment - they say it's a Firefox related issue which is wrong - so maybe check back in a few days.

Solid Void by Esao Andrews, oil on wood, 2010 - click to enlarge

The impressive line-up of artists include: Esao Andrews (middle), Carrie Ann Baade, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ron English, Alex Gross (top), Femke Hiemstra, Audrey Kawasaki, Kris Kuksi, Kris Lewis (bottom), Elizabeth McGrath, Scott Musgrove, Michael Page, Heidi Taillefer, Robin Williams, Martin Wittfooth, and many, many others.

Details below, as always.

© Kris Lewis

Opening reception: Feb 5, 2011, 7 - 10 PM

On show: Feb 5 - April 17, 2011

Address: CSUF Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA, tel: 714.567.7233 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM – 4 PM

Preview show

Discuss on the WurzelForum: Esao Andrews | Alex Gross | Kris Lewis

Ray Caesar et al. at Jonathan LeVine's Anniversary Show

by Suzanne on March 17th, 2010

Arabesque by Ray Caesar, 2009

March seems to be the month for anniversary shows.

In Berlin, Strychnin just celebrated the 7 Year Itch, in Santa Monica, Hi-Fructose Magazine is currently holding celebrations for its 5th birthday (more later) and in New York, Jonathan LeVine who started out in Philly with Tin Man Alley, celebrates 5 years of hard slave work for the lowbrow / pop-surrealist / neo-fantastic / eye-candy / super-flat / christ-i-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore art.

The line-up is impressive and eclectic, to say the least. From urban art luminaries such as Blek Le Rat, Shepard Fairey, Calma and Invader over to sculpture and assemblage art represented by Adam Wallacavage and AJ Fosik on to the "classics" of christ-i-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore art like Ray Caesar, Ron English, Xiaoqing Ding, Scott Musgrove, Dave Cooper, Gary Baseman, Esao Andrews, Isabel Samaras, James Jean and further on to the phantasmagoric horrorscapes of Chris Mars and the subculture photo-realism of Dan Witz.

So yes, there's something for everyone!

... and hopefully, CAEK! (^_^)

Returns of the Day by Ray Caesar, 2009

On show: February 27 - March 27, 2010

Address: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212-243-3822 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Featured artists (selection): Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Andrew Brandou, Andy Kehoe, Chris Mars, Dan Witz, Dave Cooper, Eric White, Erik Mark Sandberg, Esao Andrews, Gary Baseman, Isabel Samaras, James Jean, Miss Van, Ray Caesar, Ron English, Scott Musgrove, Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma), Xiaoqing Ding

Preview & opening photos

... and in totally unrelated news, I'm relieved and happy to say that I finally found the perfect male homo sapiens sapiens: Voilà! Sexeh!

by suzanne_tumblr on December 14th, 2009

Have I mentioned recently that my friend Esao is a genius? This is from eleven fucking years ago when he was minus seven years old! o_O

Untitled by Esao Andrews, canvas, wood, lace, foam, shoes, 1998

Esao Andrews & Fuco Ueda at Roq La Rue: Final Days

by Suzanne on June 6th, 2008

Reflection by Esao Andrews

Last chance to see my iFriend Esao Andrews's ravishing works at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle. He's exhibiting many - previously unseen - works alongside Fuco Ueda's delicately painted dreamscapes.

Don't miss this show!

Closing: Tomorrow, June 7, 2008

Address: Roq La Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977

Preview Esao's works | Preview Fuco's works

Esao Andrews, Xiaoqing Ding & Jonathan Viner at Jonathan LeVine

by Suzanne on January 14th, 2008

Until We Felt Blue by Xiaoqing Ding

The Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York is currently showing yet another inspiring juxtaposition of two artists.

Separate Lives confronts the sickly sweet works of Brooklyn-based Xiaoqing Ding with those of my talented iFriend Esao Andrews.

The two-person show opened last weekend and will be on display through February 9, 2008.

And as if this wouldn't be enough eye candy already, Jonathan Viner shows Target Practice in the main room. Same place, same times. Yay!

A beautiful and dreamlike way to start into the new art year!

Photos from the opening reception

When all the water's run out of the bathtub...

by Suzanne on March 3rd, 2006

© Esao Andrews - click to enlarge

Our dear old Wurzelfriend™ Esao updated his portfolio with 10 new paintings, 4 new drawings, and 9 new skatedecks. Nice one, Esao.


© David Ho

Bob Staake | Chris Donovan | Colagene | David Ho | Ernesto Timor | Frieze | Funprox | GeaPhiles | Honey Eat Your Salad | InkSurge | Jessica Abel | Katy Grannan | LostFish | Splotch's Visual Pulse N° 22 | SpoonFork

Lounge72â„¢ (PDF), VektorJunkie (PDF), and 7 Deadly Sinners (JPG) all offer new calendar pages for the month of March. Weeeee!


The Little Fella by TokyoPlastic

Valley Of The Cnuties N° VII - The penultimate episode of The Cnuties, by Flip Flop Flyin'. *sniff*

The Little Fella - A TokyoPlastic animation. Patience, dear, patience... he'll wake up sooner or later. (via PoP)


Always worth a read: Damien's brilliant Waking the Dead series for Blather.

A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame (by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins / English / Illustrated / via)

The Best Ghost Stories (by various / English)


© Mamechiyo

Amour Chiffon at Madam Edgar Gallery in Montreal, Canada.

→ Vernissage: March 3, 2006, 6 PM onwards

→ Featuring: Apak, Friends With You, UglyDolls, Gary Baseman, et al.

Blaine Fontana's The Animal Council at Scribble Theory in Santa Ana, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 4, 2006, 7 - 10 PM

Mamechiyo's The Art of Kimono at Magic Pony in Toronto, Canada.

→ Vernissage: March 9, 2006, 6 - 10 PM

The Armory Show - The International Fair of New Art at Piers 90 & 92 (Twelfth Avenue at 50th & 52nd Streets) in NYC, USA.

March 10 - 13, 2006


Björk interview (by Emma Brockes for Guardian Unlimited - via my mum who always finds the best stuff online. <3)

Cosey Fanni Tutti questionnaire (by Frieze)

Polaroid Kid interview (by Fecal Face)


The Nursing Home - Michael Lomon is a specialist in creating scary illustrations and rather disturbing animations. He has a very eerie website and is currently available for private commission. I bet he's David Firth's only best friend. (via Ample Sanity)