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Fuco Ueda at AKI Gallery, Taipei

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011

Drawing 6 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

If you happen to be in Taipei, I'm glad to report that Fuco Ueda - queen of seductively slurping eels and erotically dripping honeycombs - is currently one half of a show taking place at AKI Gallery.

The show's title is Red & Blue and I'm just assuming she's Blue. I guess.

I was particularly excited to see her new drawings being on display - proof, if it were ever needed, that she does really excel in many media and formats.

I'm a bit confused by the exhibition being listed as "private" - this could just be a translation error but please do check with the gallery via email before visiting.

Details below.

Drawing 1 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

On show: Sep 10 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: AKI Gallery, 141 Min Tsu W. Road, Taipei 103-69, Taiwan, tel: 886-2-2599-1171, email: aki.taiwan@akigallery.com.tw


Artist's website

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Fuco Ueda's "Lucid Dream" at Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo

by Suzanne on January 14th, 2011

Symbiosis 5 by Fuco Ueda, acrylic & shell powder on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

Fuco Ueda emailed me the other day about her upcoming exhibition in Tokyo this February. It's a bit premature, but hell knows, maybe you want to plan a trip there (I wouldn't blame you), so I'll post early.

To mark the publication of her art book Lucid Dream, Bunkamura Gallery has given her the opportunity to exhibit a selection of her oeuvre from the past few years in a solo show carrying the same title as the monograph.

Dream Passage by Fuco Ueda, acrylic & shell powder on canvas, 2008

Ranging from her early 2k works that were - despite the jolly pastel colours and kawaii protagonists - of a more auto-aggressive, sado-masochistic, darkly mythological and abysmal nature (lots of razor blades, strangulations, incarceration, isolation, badly healed animal-human hybrids, pyromaniacs, child pregnancy.... NICE!), to her more recent works that show an obsession with the ideas of symbiosis, fungi, sweets and saliva plus with the random cephalopod and eel still present, I can safely say that this show will provide enough eye candy for everyone.

The Dream That I Watched Sometime by Fuco Ueda, acrylic & modelling paste on canvas, 2004 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Feb 5, 2011, 6 PM

On show: Feb 2 - Feb 13, 2011

Address: Bunkamura Gallery, 2- 24-1 Dougenzaka Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, tel: 03-3477-9174

Hours: 10 AM - 7.30 PM

Press release | Flyer

Purchase Lucid Dreams monograph

Artist's website

Fuco Ueda on the WurzelForum I II

In other spastically colourful news...

i) Why not colour in this Julian Assange picture book over the weekend? (thanks, klav!)

ii) Congratulations to Elmgreen & Dragset for winning next year's Forth Plinth commission with Powerless Structures, Fig. 101. It's reassuring to know that Olympic tourists will get to see subventioned borderline child pr0n. I guess. (¬_¬)

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

The Nuclear Innocence of Fuco Ueda

by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2008

Memory of Afternoon by Fuco Ueda, 2004

I'm unspeakably happy that Jon Beinart finally offered me a fine excuse to re-feature the works of Fuco Ueda - after what has been over three years!

It's beautiful to see how she has refined her style and perfected her technique - without betraying her artistic heritage - since then.

She's still obsessed with marine flora & fauna, lizards, cephalopoda, skeletons, nasobema, minotaurs, pregnant hybrid creatures, reddened knees, shoes, hair, stairs, merry-go-rounds, the anonymity and gleichschaltung of the education system, peculiar medical examinations, dripping nectar.. and other sinfully sticky liquids..

A keen observer of (dream) anatomy and shadows, Fuco Ueda knows that shadows are never black or grey, but shimmer in the most surreal colours. She cunningly hides them in her protagonists' palms, under their chins, behind their necks, in their noses and under their school uniforms - their graceful bodies eternally shining under golden nuclear hailstorm skies.

What I love most about her artworks is the way she deliberately stains them. Unlike ordinary tea or paint stains, they somehow manage to create a feeling of erotic force and thanatal discomfort - similar to what I felt when I first saw Marcel Duchamp's Paysage Fautif - a composition made entirely out of his own semen.

Mother by Fuco Ueda, 2002

Ermm.. anyway... so it turns out that Fuco Ueda will be amongst over 60 artists to participate in the group show Deep Pop - curated by Andrew Michael Ford.

The exhibition will take place at The Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery Iona College Arts Center and is due to open this Sunday afternoon (further details below).

I must admit that I find the list of artists rather random and I would have wished for a smaller, more sophisticated selection and a clearer profile. About 1/6 of the list are remarkably talented artists whose works belong to an entirely different league than the rest and without being elitist, I really don't see what benefit is gained by putting them in the same context. Oh well... in 2046, I'll finally be ready to curate my own group exhibition and you'll see what I mean.

Opening reception: Sunday, January 27, 1 - 3 PM

Closing reception: Thursday, February 21, noon - 3 PM

Artists: Click here for full list of featured artists

Place: The Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery Iona College Arts Center, 715 North Avenue , New Rochelle, NY 10801

On view: January 27 to February 21, 2008

EDIT: Hey, I said the WurzelSite turns 5 today two posts ago! Is anyone still reading?! Hmmpf!

Candy-coated Vanitas

by Suzanne G. on October 22nd, 2004

© Fuco Ueda
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

... The beautiful girl from Maruhashi’s, now dressed in pink fashion-camouflage had just turned the corner and was walking toward me.
She hadn’t seen me, but I saw her. Her eyes were on the street and you could only see the dark lashes slashing through the soft brown surrounds like treachery.

I started half-running down the street to the building where Honda was doing whatever.
If it had been anyone else would I have had the same reaction: heartbeat as heart attack?

She was amazing in her pink camouflage, like she would come for you at sunset...

- Excerpt from "My Tokyo Death Cult"
(a.k.a. "Tokyo Zero") by Marc Horne



(click to enlarge - via The Horus Archive of
Found Photography