Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Jared Joslin's "Stop, Look & Glisten" at Firecat Projects, Chicago

by Suzanne on May 24th, 2011

Black Mask by Jared Joslin, oil on canvas, 2010

I guess I have always been a sucker for a masked beauty and my friend Jared Joslin really does seem to share this affliction, in fact, his circomania has so irreversibly progressed that I sometimes wonder whether he is a technicolor cast member of Freaks who time-travelled into the future to share his observations and obsessions with us.

If you're in Chicago between now and mid-June, you have a chance to find out for yourself at his Stop, Look & Glisten solo show at Firecat Projects.

The show has already opened but the official reception isn't until this coming Friday. More details below.

Opening reception: May 27, 2011, 7 - 10 PM

On show: May 23 - June 18, 2011

Address: Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, USA, tel: 773.342.5381

Gallery hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM

Artist's website

Jared Joslin on the WurzelForum®

by suzanne_tumblr on September 6th, 2010

Art History by Vuk Vidor, 2004 (thanks, Jared Joslin!)

Jared Joslin at Yarger/Strauss, Beverly Hills

by Suzanne on August 12th, 2008

Trainer by Jared Joslin, acrylic on canvas, 2005

Over at the WurzelForum, the lovely Jessica Joslin (previously featured here) kindly informed us that her husband Jared (previously featured here) has a solo show at Yarger/Strauss Fine Art in Beverly Hills.

Artist reception for Jared's Shadow of the Silver Moon is this Thursday, August 14, 7 - 9 PM. Further details below.

On show: August 14 - September 13, 2008

Address: Yarger/Strauss Fine Art, 354 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA, tel: 310.278.4400

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 12 - 7 PM | Sat: 12 - 6 PM | Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Preview show | Press release | Available works | Flyer

Artist's website

Emcee by Jared Joslin, oil on canvas, 2008


I) Never mind the boring puristic display, Wellcome's Skeletons special exhibition is absolutely worth seeing as it will turn you into an ardent hobby anthropologist searching the skeletons for signs of diseases and guessing their age and gender. On display until September 28.

II) Raisins and cereals. They don't go together. Period. It's like yellow and purple. People won't cease to try and convince you that it's oh so tasty and oh so chic, but it's not. Ask your taste buds and optic nerves for confirmation. Thank you.

III) While reading a bit of Ancient Greek prose , I've noticed the existence of a strange ear fetish in the Greek mythological world, mainly manifested in a multitude of stories telling of snakes licking protagonists ears to give them the gift to hear the future (Cassandra) or to understand the voices of animals (Melampus). Anyway, I think it's something I'll definitely keep in mind next time I meet a snake. Might be useful.

IV) The invisibility cloak is almost here and I'll soon be able to break into the Grant Museum and steal their selection of Blaschka works. Yay!

But what would Jesus you do with an invisibility cloak?

Cabinet de curiosité

by Suzanne on August 18th, 2005

Sometimes, when you get emails from complete strangers saying...

"Thank you for the lovely compilation of visual treats and intriguing artists.
I very much enjoyed your site.
Best wishes."

... from enchanting artistas who create beautifully grotesque sculptures like this playful kitty here...

... and are married to equally talented and inspiring artists who paint glorious anachronistic divas like this seductive mademoiselle here...

... you're beginning to think for a second that what you're doing actually matters.

And even if it doesn't, it might have at least inspired and amused a mysterious woman living hidden away somewhere in Chicago.

Thank you, Jessica, for letting me have a peek into your and your husband's Cabinet de Curiosité.

May your future be blessed with love, pickled monkey brains and embalmed squirrel toes.