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25 Years Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale

by Suzanne on March 1st, 2011

Stardust by Jessica Joslin - click to enlarge

Lisa Sette Gallery is celebrating a quarter of a century of existence and well over 200 exhibitions and invites you to come join the festivities this Thursday.

Featured artists in the retrospective group show include my friend Jessica Joslin (above), Valeriy Gerlovin/Rimma Gerlovina (below), David Kroll and many, many others.

The press release sounds somewhat like LSD-induced poetry:

"[...] Rather than seeking to distance itself from what it means to live in a desert city, the Sette aesthetic encapsulates an understanding of this idiosyncratic existence; nearing the edge of the hemisphere - simultaneously beautiful, threatening, and precarious, and, as such, fertile creative ground for contemporary artwork. [...]"

Believe by Valeriy Gerlovin/Rimma Gerlovina - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Thursday, Mar 3, 2011, 7 - 9 PM

On show: Mar 3 - April 2, 2011

Address: Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251-3838, USA, tel: 480-990-7342 | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat: 12 - 5 PM, and by appointment

Press release & preview

by suzanne_tumblr on November 5th, 2010

Treatment by Laurie Lipton, charcoal and graphite on paper

Speaking about fantastic art, let’s not forget that the eagerly anticipated Laurie Lipton / Jessica Joslin double bill opens at La Luz De Jesus in LA tonight, 8 - 11 PM.

There’s not really an excuse to miss this if you’re in the area. 

Jessica Joslin's Brass & Bone at Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

by Suzanne on March 28th, 2010

Clio & Loci by Jessica Joslin, antique hardware and findings, painted wood, brass, silver, bone, beads, chain, glove leather, glass eyes, 2010 - click to enlarge

My friend Jessica Joslin has been working tirelessly on an all new menagerie of handsome chaps made of bone and brass that's due to go on show at the Lisa Sette Gallery this coming week.

It's difficult to pick favourites amongst all these charismatic filigree beasties proudly dressed in velvet and glove leather, but I must admit that I've grown rather fond of black casqued hornbill Almeria and conjoined kitties Clio & Loci (see images below).

Loci (detail) by Jessica Joslin, antique hardware and findings, painted wood, brass, silver, bone, beads, chain, glove leather, glass eyes, 2010 - click to enlarge

So yes, my dears, if you happen to find yourself in Arizona from April 1 to April 24, please do go down to Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale to mingle with the brassy awesomeness that is Jessica Joslin's Brass & Bone.

Almeria (detail) by Jessica Joslin, antique hardware and findings, bone, velvet, silver, vestment trim, glove leather, cast pewter, glass eyes, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7 - 9 PM - Jessica will be in attendance

On show: April 1 - 24, 2010

Address: Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 85251-3838, tel: 480-990-7342 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat: 12 AM - 5 PM

Preview show | Flyer

Jessica Joslin at Billy Shire: Opening Tonight

by Suzanne on January 10th, 2009

Admiral & Luce and Virgil & Ace by Jessica Joslin (detail), mixed media, 2008 - click on image for details/larger view

Last minute announcement for the opening reception of my friend Jessica Joslin's (previously featured here and here) show at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City.

The Clockwork Circus show opens tonight, 7 - 10 PM and Jessica will be in attendance. Don't miss this opportunity, L.A. folks!

Aster & Luce (detail) by Jessica Joslin, mixed media, 2008 - click on images for details/larger view

Opening reception: Tonight, Saturday, January 10, 2009, 7 - 10 PM

On show: January 10 - February 7, 2009

Address: Billy Shire Fine Arts, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 323-297-0600

Gallery hours: Tue- Sat: 12 PM - 6 PM

Preview show | Flyer

Artist's website

Discuss Jessica Joslin here

In other creaturesque news, the praying mantis has only one ear, which is located between its legs. Yup.

Jessica Joslin: New Show & Book!

by Suzanne on April 1st, 2008

Adeliza by Jessica Joslin, 2007

It deeply amazes and impresses me to see how tirelessly and committed my friend Jessica Joslin works day and night whenever I confront myself with the plethora of charismatic brass & filigrée creatures that her ingenious brains and hands have given birth to in the past year alone. She seems to be driven by an invisible spectre.

How inspiring it is to see artists like her being pushed by their curiosity and thirst for knowledge, rather than just living of their fame and name!

Jessica's new series of work is entitled Curiosa and will be on show at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale from Thursday onwards.

Lautrec by Jessica Joslin, 2008

In other great news, Jessica's monograph, Strange Nature, is finally out and available as a beautifully illustrated 152-pages hardbound book through P.S. Studios, Inc.

Opening reception: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7 - 9 PM

Book signing with the adorable J.J.: Saturday, April 5, 2008, 1 - 3 PM

On show: April 3 - 26, 2008

Address: Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA, tel: 480 · 990 · 7342

Monograph: Strange Nature


by Suzanne on July 26th, 2006


© Ronald Kurniawan - click to enlarge

Amy Sol | Camille Rose Garcia | Gez Fry | Jacob Magraw-Mickelson | James Jean (We ♥ you) | Kenneth Lavallee | Koren Shadmi | Korin Faught | Lens Culture | Lucien Shapiro | Magnus Blomster | Marq Spusta | Moira Hahn | Ronald Kurniawan | Ruby Mag | Said & Done | Schbleuh | StereoHype | WallSpankers


© Jessica Joslin

Chris Ware Q&A (by The Chicago Sun-Times, inside blue box)

Jason Levesque interview (by Hampton Roads Underground)

Jessica Joslin interview (by Animal Magazine (PDF), pp. 78-81)

Jim Woodring interview (by Hour.ca)

Tony Millionaire interview (by Kioskerman)


by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2006

It's always a great pleasure for us here at Thee Temple to hear from our artist friends when they release new work and increase their œuvre. And it looks like the turn of the year 2005 to 2006 was a particularly prolific time for some of our all-time favourite WurzelArtists™.

But please see and marvel for yourself:

Ray Caesar

© Ray Caesar¹ - click to enlarge

Most of you have probably seen the announcement in the left sidebar a few weeks ago: Ray is currently showing new works at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in N.Y.C.².

On the occasion of the exhibition, he also updated his portfolio with pieces from the ever-so enchanting "Sweet Victory" series.

Thank you, Ray, I know that I'm not only speaking for myself when I say that I almost died waiting for your new works.

Mark Holthusen

© Mark Holthusen³

Mark writes:

"I saw you profiled my work, I have a huge new project up: Ça Ira - the illustrations of Roger Waters new opera."

Wow! Thanks for letting me know, Mark. As always, I'm in awe of the psychological depth of your work.

Scott Radke

© Scott Radke⁴ - click to enlarge

This must be Scott's 138707527 mention on this website and each one of them was well-deserved.

He's back once again with a new series of cute 'n' scary bird sculptures.

Fiona Dalwood

© Fiona Dalwood (a.k.a. Egenerica)⁵ - click to enlarge

Fiona writes:

"Well Miss Suzanne, I thought I’d drop by and thank you for the traffic… as well as point out that my little beasts now have their very own home at PostLoved."

Hurrah! I'm so happy to hear that your dolls finally have a roof over their shattered little heads. Congrats, Fiona!

Jessica Joslin

© Jessica Joslin⁶ - click to enlarge

It's time to admit it: I'm a Joslinoholic. I can never get enough of Jessica's insidious sculptures and Jared's dreamy paintings. I discovered the other day that there are at least three new creations in Jessica's little Wunderkammer. I'm beginning to think that she's in fact a cloned femme d'artiste from 1920s Paris who never sleeps and bathes in absinthe. No-one could possibly get so much work done and still be so immensely inspired.

Finally, two newly discovered artists also got Thee Official Stamp ov Wurzelpproval®:

Vania Zouravliov

© Vania Zouravliov - click to enlarge

Vania writes:

"Hello. I am a young Russian artist based in London. I work for Erotic Print Society, Fantagraphics and several Japanese magazines. I love your website and would like to show you my work."

Ooooooh! Thank you so much for showing me your work, Vania. I'm deeply impressed by your stunning work and deeply honoured by your email.

Kris Knight

© Kris Knight - click to enlarge

Kris writes:

"I love your site Suzanne. You have great taste in the dark, the sweet and the historical."

Awww... how flattering, Kris. I love your site and work too. I first stumbled upon your paintings about a year ago on Garden of Sweden and I mentioned your website a couple of times before - so I really thought it was about time to take this opportunity and introduce your work properly.


Today is my website's 3rd birthday (Wooo!), but much more importantly, it's the 20th anniversary of Joseph Beuys' death.

I miss you, Joseph...


¹ Previously featured.. uhmm.. everywhere.

² Finissage: February 4, 2006.

³ Previously featured here.

⁴ Previously featured here and here.

⁵ Previously featured here.

⁶ Previously featured here.

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.