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Laurie Lipton's "The Carnival Of Death" at Last Rites, New York

by Suzanne on September 30th, 2011

Sisters by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper - click to enlarge

Laurie Lipton. Featured here many times before and someone who really doesn't need an introduction anymore. I guess it's no coincidence that her upcoming solo show The Carnival Of Death at Last Rites opens on the day my granddad would have turned 101. But he's been dead for ages and undoubtedly a very handsome skeleton by now.

Knowing Laurie, I bet she also found it terribly funny to have the opening mark Children's Day in Singapore, World Vegetarian Day, the Independence Day of Tuvalu from the UK, International Day of Older Persons (cause Laurie's like TOTALLY ANCIENT - she was the first person ever to have a fine arts degree in drawing!) and of course, being a filthy commie, the National Day of the People's Republic of China. (Yo, thanks, Wiki!)

Put all of the above information together, add mind-boggling graphite details, cobwebbed Victoriana, anatomy lessons filled with the darkest of humour, lace and crochet that tells stories of homicide sweet homicide, ruffs made of spiderwebs and bone dust, tiaras and chandeliers made of spines, leg and pelvic bones like you're in fucking Sedlec, iconographic attributes so very batcave they'd make Dürer's Melencolia I hand over her goff laurels in despair.

Laurie Lipton really is dizzyingly joyful macabre decadence at its best: The dead bury the living.

Or as Laurie puts it:

"Skulls always look like they're laughing. Maybe the joke is on us?”

The Carnival Of Death opens this Saturday, October 1, and Laurie will be giving a talk and book signing with poisoned tea and anthrax cakes the day after.

Bring your children - it doesn't matter if they're half rotten. The deader the merrier.

Bone China by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Oct 1, 2011, 7 - 11 PM

On show: Oct 1 - 23, 2011

Address: Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, NYC, USA, tel: 212.529.0666, email: info@lastritesgallery.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 2 - 9 PM, Sun: 2 - 6 PM

Preview | Press release | Talk & book signing

Artist's website

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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:

Jon Beinart's "Dystopia" Group Show at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on March 13th, 2011

Non Omnis Moriar by Stephanie Henderson, 2007-09 - click to enlarge

This is one of those shows that really makes me wish I had spent more time working on bending the time/space continuum.

Jon Beinart - one of the finest curators in this star system and an insanely gifted artist on top of that - brings together the absolute crème de la crème of fantastic and surreal art for his Dystopia group show:

Kris Kuksi, Chris Mars, Viktor Safonkin, Laurie Lipton, David Bowers, Heather Nevay, Sandra Yagi, Carrie Ann Baade, Stephanie Henderson, Heidi Taillefer, Brian Viveros, Santiago Caruso, Mark Powell, Jon Beinart and many, many more.

The two works I selected won't be on show per se from what I can gather from the preview but I love them too dearly and it's really just to illustrate the insanely wide spectrum of great art you'll get to see at Dystopia.

Also: Kris Kuksi and Laurie Lipton will be signing copies of their new books at the opening reception!

Futher details below.

Condoned by Viktor Safonkin, oil on canvas, 2003 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8 - 11.30 PM, book signing with Kris Kuksi and Laurie Lipton

On show: Mar 19 - Apr 9, 2011

Address: Copro Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404, USA, tel: 310/829-2156, email: CoproGallery@Live.com

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

Press release | Preview

Laurie Lipton at University of London

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011

Santa Muerte by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper, 2011 - click to enlarge

Laurie Lipton (previously featured here), my all-time favourite obsessive-compulsive pencilleuse and ingenious internet madwoman (I'm seriously considering releasing a book with some of her Facebook comments that are just too epic to be left hidden behind a login screen), is having a very short 3-day-only exhibition starting tomorrow at the University of London.

Taking place at the Institute for Germanic & Romance Studies, to be precise, the group show is part of the Carnival of Death - Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas conference for which application has sadly closed in early February already and no, I didn't get in either. If you are one of the lucky few who applied for it in time, you will have the great privilege to listen to Laurie speak of what she knows best: Death and decay. And maybe kittens. Who knows?

The group show is open to the public and free.

On show: Feb 24 - 26, 2011

Address: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, Jessel Room, Senate House South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK, email: igrs@sas.ac.uk, tel: 020 7862 8677 | Directions

Gallery hours: Thu & Fri: 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM

Exhibition programme

Artist's website

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. 

Laurie Lipton at Copro Nason, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on October 12th, 2008

Empress of Death by Laurie Lipton, charcoal and graphite on paper - click for details/larger version

Laurie's grandiose new Day of the Dead show opened at Copro Nason the other day.

You have until November 1st to see her obsessive compulsive charcoal & graphite works.

Make sure to check out the gallery's great preview section for the exhibition.

The Fourth Horseman by Laurie Lipton, charcoal and graphite on paper - click for details/larger version

On show: October 11 - November 1, 2008

Address: CoproNason Gallery, Bergamot Station T5, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, tel: 310-829-2156

Preview show

Artist's website