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Joao Ruas' "Yore" at Thinkspace, Culver City

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011


The Two Tempting Heracles by Joao Ruas, graphite and watercolour on acetate and heavyweight paper, 2011 - click to enlarge

Been umming and ahhing whether I should announce this or not as I must honestly admit that, at least from what I've seen in the preview, some of the subtleties in the facial features seem a bit more rushed than usual and the Ruasesque obsession with suggestive gestures appears to be more in the background while more attention is focussed on layering of fabrics and hair. Which is not necessarily a negative thing but it's a bit omnipresent at the moment with Eric Fortune and Tran Nguyen moving in a somewhat similar direction.

Having said that, most of these works are still in progress and the piece above did convince me and has pretty much everything I'm looking for in a Ruas and some anatomical details are indeed rather breathtaking - like the ecstatic definition of the toes and the toning of the belly in this new piece here.

Yore opens this coming Saturday, November 5, at Thinkspace and will remain on view until November 26. Details below.

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 5, 2011, 5 - 8 PM, artist will be in attendance

On show: Nov 5 - 26, 2011

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: contact@thinkspacegallery.com

Hours: Wed - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat: 1 - 8 PM

Preview

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Tran Nguyen at Thinkspace Art Gallery, Culver City

by Suzanne on July 15th, 2011


The Moon Is A Foul Intention by Tran Nguyen, graphite and acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

I've been umming and ahhing about whether I should announce this exhibition or not because I've always found it somewhat difficult to place Tran Nguyen.

I guess she's in the process of finding her own style, but when I look at her pencilled works and her ornamental gold-leafing I can never help being reminded of Joao Ruas' oeuvre and when I analyse the movements of figure and fabrics I get a strange Eric Fortune sensation behind my retina.

Yet - and the reason why I've decided to post these pieces in the end - I do like the detailing in these two drawings, the sublime layering and delicate draping in the headscarves (I wish this precision and attention had continued down to the seams of the dresses that seem so very oddly stuck to the bodies like magnetic neoprene bathing suits). The luminosity of eyes, lips and fingernails is also very enticing and there's undoubtedly some lovely chiaroscuro going on around eyes and collarbones.

So let's just conclude that I'm having another unforgiving day and even though the show feels more like a giant drawing exercise to me than a finished exhibition, I think it's still worth checking it out in the flesh and prove me wrong.

Alongside Tran's The Synapse Between Here and There show, David Bray will show new works in Thinkspace's Project Room. Both shows open tomorrow evening and will run until early August.

Details below.


Confronted With An Over-exposed Marquee by Tran Nguyen, graphite and acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, July 16, 5 - 8 PM, Tran will be in attendance

On show: Jul 16 - Aug 6, 2011

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: contact@thinkspacegallery.com

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat: 1 - 8 PM

Preview | Sneak peek

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

6 Things To Keep You Company In Desperate Times

by Suzanne on July 13th, 2011

As I'm trying my best to deal with an ever mounting misanthropy and overall sickness provoked by an insane amount of existential bullshit thrown at me while being repeatedly kicked in the guts and brains by this thing called "life", I decided to distract myself for a while and check out what some of my favourite artists have been up to. Here are a few random recent works by people I admire highly... and who help me keep going:

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Laurie Lipton: Lace & cobwebs


Lachrymose Lace by Laurie Lipton, charcoal and pencil on paper, 57 x 40.2 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

Laurie's most recent piece, Lachrymose Lace, has been opening a portal in my head. The gap in the row of pearls, the little threads sticking out of the lace, the irregularity at the bottom of the veil echoing the cobwebs, the waxy tear are all obvious signs of her artistic genius bordering on visionary madness.

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Joao Ruas: Metal & alchemy


Etching Progress by Joao Ruas, 2011 - click to enlarge

Joao recently shared this progress picture of an etching he's working on with his readers and it perfectly illustrates his love affair with the meandering line, his sincere craftsmanship and his uncanny range of talents.

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Xhxix: Casts & buttons


By Xhxix, 2011 - click to enlarge

Xhxix/非/hi likes to create a bit of mystery around himself and seems to really only have a Tumblr - which I almost certainly discovered via Nana.

Above is his newest digital piece and I think he is one of the very few artists who - with his dark yet playful eroticism - has actually turned me slightly more mellow towards the hipster male.

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Richard Stipl: Thorns & daggers


By Richard Stipl, 2011 - click to enlarge

Via Fuzzy Ladies (and therefore quintessentially via DR Tenge) come these new works by the glorious Richard Stipl.

... and finally, two disturbing visual feasts via Substrom and Sang Bleu

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"Ehm... I guess it's some kind of graphic."

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Yes, I know Possession is overused and tumblrified to the extreme, but there's something hypnotic about this piece here:

Joao Ruas at "Lined in Lead", Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra

by Suzanne on March 13th, 2011


Le Sacre du Printemps II – Migration by Joao Ruas, graphite on paper, vellum and acetate, 2011 - click to enlarge

The magnificent Joao Ruas will be presenting gorgeous new graphite pieces at the Lined in Lead - Works in Graphite group show which will be opening at Gallery Nucleus next weekend.

There's works by many other artists in this exhibition and please do really, really, really... like REALLY check out David Jien's portfolio. It's all kinds of epic.

The full online preview won't go online before Friday but you can submit your details to be added to the buyers' preview.

Opening reception: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 7 - 10 PM

On show: Mar 19 - Apr 11, 2011

Address: Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801, USA, tel: 626.458.7477 | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12 - 8 PM, Fri - Sat: 11 AM - 10 PM

Press release

Artist's website

by suzanne_tumblr on October 21st, 2010

Moschia by Joao Ruas, mixed media on sketchbook paper, 2010

Joao Ruas at Thinkspace, Culver City

by Suzanne on May 17th, 2010


Morning III by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

And another L.A. (well, Culver City) show coming right up: Long-time WurzelMacBook desktop image favourite Joao Ruas is presenting new works at ThinkSpace in a show most efficiently called III.


Morning II by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

He's been überprolific and it's beautiful to see how unafraid he is of venturing into new styles and techniques. I'm particularly fond of the gold leaved works and the graphite drawings on Fabriano paper. Well done once again, Joao!

On show: May 7 - June 4, 2010

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 1 – 6 PM (or by appointment)

Preview show | Press releaseOpening picsFlyer

Artist's website

by suzanne_tumblr on May 17th, 2010

Morning II by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on May 17th, 2010

Morning III by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010

WurzelArt Gazette March 2010 - Grab A Sammich

by Suzanne on March 12th, 2010


Work in progress by Joao Ruas, 2010

Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes and please pardon the radio silence. Our Angelique Houtkamp show was insanely busy and Angelique is now back home in Amsterdam and I can't tell you how relieved I am that she didn't get squeezed to death. Even our glass domes and the baby skulls are still intact - which clearly defies logic if you've seen the crowds at the opening reception. Some originals and the baby skulls are still for sale, so keep your eyes glued to Nelly Duff - I will upload details soonish.

Anyhow, it's March; which means the spring awakening of the beaux arts. Lots and lots and lots to report about. But since I have absolutely no idea where to start, I decided to give you some sneak previews of what my favourite WurzelArtists® have been up to recently.

This is only a small selection, but as you can see, people have been as busy as bees on coke and 2010 is going to be an amazing year for the visual arts, methinks.

JOAO RUAS


Fables cover #94 by Joao Ruas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Joao has been up to A LOT and it's always fascinating to see all the diverse things he's directing his talents to besides his work for Fables.

JEREMY ENECIO


Skin Deep by Jeremy Enecio, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge

The maître of tentacles and albino amazons has recently impressingly widened his repertoire to zombies for Zombies in Love at Gallery Nucleus.


Jeremy Enecio’s contribution to 100 Heads for Haiti, 2010 - click to enlarge

Oh, and he's just finishing the piece above for the 100 Heads for Haiti fundraiser. Nice.

ADARA SANCHES ANGUIANO


Bruise and a study by Adara Sánchez Anguiano, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

For those who hadn't noticed: Egon Schiele has been reincarnated in the shell of Adara Sánchez Anguiano and given a box of happy coloured crayons.

ERIC FORTUNE


Further (in progress) by Eric Fortune, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Eric keeps on bringing the chiaroscuro to his futuristic faces. Further will be on show at CoproGallery from this weekend onwards.

TIFFANY BOZIC


The Raft by Tiffany Bozic, 2009-2010 - click to enlarge

Tiffany's Raft print is finally available through Joshua Liner Gallery.

JAMES JEAN


Dive (detail) by James Jean, 2010 - click to enlarge

James Jean's Dive has been given the posh Pressure Printing treatment.

CHRIS CONN ASKEW


Pull the Blinds by Christopher Conn Askew - click to enlarge

If, however, you're on a much smaller budget, get your hands on one of Chris Conn Askew's gorgeous new open edition prints.

MISS VAN


Poupées by Miss Van - click to enlarge

Meanwhile, does it seem like someone's slowly running out of ideas?! Miss Van releases an overpriced giclee of her 5-year-old Poupées. Hmm...

MARINA BYCHKOVA


Cixi (in progress) by Marina Bychkova, 2010 - click to enlarge

Marina, au contraire, has been tirelessly working her poor little paws off on one of her newest creations, Cixi. Here seen in progress.

JULIEN MARTINEZ


Véruka Vampirica (Blythe custom) by Julien Martinez, 2010 - click to enlarge

In other doll news, Julien Martinez has spookified yet another unsuspecting Blythe doll. Say hello to Véruka Vampirica.

ISABELLE ROYET-JOURNOUD


Wither by Isabelle Royet-Journoud, 2010 - click to enlarge

... and finally, Mme Isabelle Royet-Journoud looks a bit like a customised undead Blythe doll herself in this masterpiece of a self-portrait.

While here at Wurzeltod HQ, I've been mainly standing annoyingly in front of yet even more great art...

x

Suzanne

by suzanne_tumblr on March 12th, 2010

Fables cover #94 by Joao Ruas, 2010