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Mercedes Helnwein's "Asleep in the Wind" at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, L.A.

by Suzanne on October 5th, 2011

Three Nurses by Mercedes Helnwein, oil pastel on paper, 37 x 33 inches, 2011 - click to enlarge

I guess if you're a Helnwein it must be difficult being an artist at times because rather than taking your work as your own creation, you're constantly being compared to your great dad Gottfried and it takes guts to go your own way.

Despite still being a young artist, Mercedes has however proven time and again that she knows what she's doing and that she has a visual language of her own.

After appearing in group shows and solo shows all over the planet, Asleep in the Wind is a show that Mercedes curated herself for Merry Karnowsky Gallery. The show will open this Saturday and will present her own works on paper alongside the oeuvres of Patrick Morrison and Glen Baxter.

Three Nurses (pictured above and in the artist's studio below) left the biggest impression on me - maybe because the nurse on the right looks very much like an anachronistic self-portrait of the stunning artist?

Details below.

Three Nurses by Mercedes Helnwein in her studio, 2011 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, October 8, 2011, 8 - 11 PM

On show: Oct 8 - Nov 5, 2011

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA. 90036, USA, email: mkgallery@mindspring.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM


Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Bo.Lee's "Shadowside" at Blackall, London

by Suzanne on June 12th, 2011

UPDATE JUNE 29, 2011: Here are a few images of the Shadowside show taken from my Flickr:

Second Skin by Ione Rucquoi, 2010 - click to enlarge

Shadowside is Bath-based Bo.Lee Gallery's effort to introduce the London crowd to their roster of artists. They hired the perfectly located Blackall Studios for their 4-day-only group exhibition. Yep, Blackall is THAT expensive to hire, trust me, I know...

Heart to Heart by Ione Rucquoi, 2006 - click to enlarge

Dark Introductions to the Disowned Self - as the subtitle suggests, might be a statement somewhat difficult to fulfill with most of the art on show not really being that dark or that Jungian for that matter, but I can see it definitely working for the likes of Ione Rucquoi's (featured above) and Beth Carter's work.

Badgered by Kate MacDowell, hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 2010 - click to enlarge

And anyway, the fact that Kate MacDowell's works will be on show should be reason enough to attend. So there.

Other exhibiting artists include: Patrick Haines, Neil Moore, Mercedes Helnwein, Chris Anthony

Details below.

Crave by Kate MacDowell, hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 2006 - click to enlarge

P.S.: Does anyone else have to think of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison here? Nope. Oh well, I guess it's just me then.

Opening reception: Jun 14, 2011, 6 - 9 PM, RSVP

On show: Jun 14 - 18, 2011

Address: Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS, UK | Map

Gallery hours: 11 AM - 6 PM

Press release | Preview

4x4 at Bo.Lee Gallery, Bath, UK

by Suzanne on April 5th, 2009

Lost in the Thicket by Nate Frizzell

A tiny little show featuring nothing more than four works by four different artists - appropriately entitled 4 by 4 - is currently on display at Bo.Lee Gallery in Bath.

Nate Frizzell is there, and so are the beautiful Mercedes Helnwein & Gill Rocca, as well as monsieur Jeffrey Beauchamp.

Show runs until May 2.

On show: April 4 - May 2, 2009

Address: Bo.Lee, 1 Queen Street (corner of Trim Street), Bath, BA1 1HE, United Kingdom, tel: +44 7970 492 858 | Map

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM (during exhibitions)

Preview show

Artists' websites: Nate Frizzell | Mercedes Helnwein | Jeffrey Beauchamp| Gill Rocca

Louie, Kuksi & Helnwein at The Shooting Gallery, S.F.

by Suzanne on October 12th, 2008

Jenny Bad Hair by Travis Louie, acrylic on panel - click for details/larger version

The almighty triumvirate of Travis Louie (c.f. image above), Kris Kuksi (c.f. image below) and Mercedes Helnwein (huh?! o_O) have taken over the Shooting Gallery yesterday night for an amazing group show that will be on view until the end of October.

Even though I'm a great admirer of Herrn Helnwein's daughter's work, I can't really see how it will blend in with Louie's & Kuksi's incredibly detailed, profound works, but maybe the answer lies in the monochromaticity of her works.

I won't even begin to describe how much I envy you S.F. folks for the chance to get face to face with a skeletal Kuksi sculpture, but then again, we have the Giger Museum in Helvetistan and I guess you just can't have your facehugger and eat it.

Antics & Mechanical Frolic by Kris Kuksi, mixed media assemblage - click for details/larger version

On show: October 11 - 31, 2008

Address: The Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA, tel: 415-931-8035

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 7 PM

Preview show

Artists' websites: Travis Louie | Kris Kuksi | Mercedes Helnwein

via Travis Louie