Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.


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.

Nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison

by Suzanne on December 8th, 2005

© Mark Holthusen - click to enlarge

"Reason did not extend itself with the bulk of the body; on the contrary, we observed in our country, that the tallest persons were usually the least provided with it; that among other animals, bees and ants had the reputation of more industry, art, and sagacity, than many of the larger kinds. [...]

I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth."

(From: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift)


© Chet Zar

Andrea Wicklund | AugenBluten | Cédric Tanguy | Chet Zar | Mickey Duzyi | Shawn Barber | The Beholder | Turfizm


Still from "Red-headed Riot" - © Internet Archive

Fischerspooner - One Is All We Are - Disgustingly colourful psychedelic plant mutation shite | Les Fantasies de Margot - Margot (& her plush octopus) in Wonderland | Red-headed Riot - Thanks to Bibi for pointing me to this vintage delight! | Wee Three - Matt Hulse traps 3 pupils in a haunted classroom...


Atlantis (by Gerhart Hauptmann / English) | Fairy Tales (by the Grimm Brothers / English & German) | Great Expectations (by Charles Dickens / English) | History of the Plague in England (by Daniel Defoe / English) | The Raven (by Edgar Allan Poe / English / Illustrated!) | Witchcraft and Devil Lore in the Channel Islands (by John Linwood Pitts / English)

Also, make sure to check out the brand new Penguin® podcast for loads of book news, extracts from audio books, and author interviews.


Emma Clarke - the voice of London's Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines (by B3ta)


© John John Jesse at Art@Large - click to enlarge

The Winter Invitational at Art at Large in New York, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 8, 2005

→ Featuring: Sorayama, H.R. Giger, John John Jesse, David Hochbaum et al.

Anne Faith Nicholls' Unusuelle at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 8, 2005, 7 - 11 PM

Elizabeth McGrath's Altarwise by Owl-Light at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005

Paranormal at The Drawing Club in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 7 - 11 PM

→ Featuring: New work by Ronald Kurniawan & Joel Nakamura.

Lil Big Fat at Magpie Gallery in San Diego, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 5 PM - midnight

→ Featuring: Jeremiah Ketner, Rik Catlow, Ryan Bubnis, Scott Saw, Kathie Olivas, Caia Koopman, Joshua Petker, Julie West, Luke Chueh, Chris Ryniak, and more.

Out of Doors at AfterModern in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 6 - 9 PM

→ Featuring: Fafi, Fawn Gehwheiler, Andrew Ross et al.

Please also keep an eye on the left sidebar for more upcoming events.


N° 1

In a couple of minutes, at 00:35 CET, good olde ARD will be showing the restored and enhanced version of Fritz Lang's M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder.

Watch it if you can / haven't done so already!

N° 2

Trevor Brown's website has been hacked / stolen. Please update your bookmarks to his alternative URL.

And where does the newborn go from here?

by Suzanne on October 1st, 2005

© Scott Radke - click to enlarge

The incredibly talented Scott Radke informed us that he finally finished these heartbreakingly charming dolls he has been working on.

They will be on show at the BLK/MRKT Gallery's Eyecandy show beginning of next year.


© Jerome Abramovitch - click to enlarge

The Mannequin Series - Hybrid (yeah, I'm getting sick of that term too!) mannequin art by Jerome Abramovitch

The Dead Puppet Show - "This is all that remains, the corpses and fallen bits... "

Red Nose Studio - Chris Sickels' puppet creations and movie productions

Dress-Up Doll - Delicious spookiness by Bel

Paper Doll Fun - Presented by Dame Darcy! (thanks for the 2 links above, Yoni!)

→ Please also read our previous post Things That Are Scarier Than Clowns to find more cuddly (and not so cuddly) dolls...


© Mark Holthusen - click to enlarge

Brendan Danielsson | Dave Pauls | Jinyoung Shin | Keith Andrew Shore | Kristian Olson | Mark Holthusen


Around the World in 80 Days (by Jules Verne / English) | Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 5 (by Lord Byron / English) | Phänomenologie des Geistes (by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel / German) | The Canterville Ghost (by Oscar Wilde / English)


Brendan Monroe interview (by Pixelsurgeon) | Jim Woodring MP3 interview (by Ian Greeb - direct MP3 link!) | Marilyn Monroe Talks About Enjoying An Enema (... and various other things...) | Treasure Hunting with Anne Faith Nicholls (by FecalFace)


RolitoLand - delicious vectorial poison... (thanks, Juju!)


Don't expect too many posts here this month. You wouldn't believe how much stuff I have to move out of this flat by the end of October. o_O

I now curse the countless weekends of early-morning flea market treasure hunting.

Any helping Helvetistani hands / cars / horse carriages / tanks are welcome to help me move my things from Basel to Lucerne. Please send me an email if you want to help with the move. Thank you very much indeed.

In happier news, I not only have the best brother - he bought me Dan Clowes' Ice Haven the other day - I also have the best boyfriend on earth. He bought me an Eevil Voodoo Kitty hat in Germany. Weeeeeeee!

© Suzanne - click to enlarge

Thank God for pom-poms, dishwasher-safe armadillos, spare toilet paper rolls and for Dr. Cherpes who does research on herpes.

The world would be a terribly uninspiring place without you.