Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Henry Darger's "American Innocent" at Laforet Museum, Tokyo

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011

Vivian Girl Princesses Are Forced to Witness Frightful Murder Massacre of Children by Henry Darger - click to enlarge

America's outsider art darling Henry Darger currently has a retrospective devoted to him in the country that has always loved and understood him most, Japan.

Harajuku's Laforet Museum is showing American Innocent - In the Realms of the Unreal for another week.

The title is a reference to Darger's 15,143-page fantasy manuscript entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion (yes, I've long been waiting for a chance to write this out just to piss you off!) and to the 2004 documentary portrait about his life and work of the same name:

On show: April 23 - May 15, 2011

Venue: Laforet Museum, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, tel: 03-3475-0411

Gallery hours: 11 AM - 8 PM


Nicoz Balboa's "Magical Mystery Wood" at Fabrica Fluxus, Bari, Italy

by Suzanne on January 7th, 2011

Lady of the Sea by Nicoz Balboa - click to enlarge

There's something about Nicoz Balboa's obsession with distorting collective childhood dreams by adding pregnant bellies, mermaid tails, leaky nipples, stigmata and fetish masks to her protagonists that lets her oeuvre transcend its apparent naïvety to something a bit more Henry Dargeresque:

"Nature lives and protects and the little girls can decide to love, kill, or die."

- Nicoz Balboa

Down By The Water by Nicoz Balboa - click to enlarge

Her Magical Mystery Wood solo exhibition (I know... an uninspired title that's only surpassed by this dreadful Danny Elfmanesque teaser for the show...) is still on show at Fabrica Fluxus in Bari, Italy until January 11, 2011. Further information below.

Watch out for the odd opening hours!

On show: Dec 11, 2010 - Jan 11, 2011

Address: Fabrica Fluxus, Art Gallery, via Celentano, 39, Bari, Italy, tel: +39 080.5236319 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed / Sat: 11 AM - 1 PM, 5.30 - 8.30 PM

Preview show | Teaser video | Flyer

Nicoz Balboa on the WurzelForum I, II, III

Artist's website

by suzanne_tumblr on September 21st, 2009

© Henry Darger