by Suzanne on November 18th, 2011
Earlier this month, after visiting Essence of Edo-Tokyo at ICN, I decided to take the little journey from my old London home in Bethnal Green down Roman Road to check out one of the most daring and fascinating group shows of the year: Savant - curated by Joe Becker at High Roller Society. I posted about it here.
I left deeply impressed by the oeuvres of Richard Stipl, Peggy Kouroumalos and particularly Rory Dean - whose paintings I expected to be much larger - and it became apparent that the one thing that all the featured artists had in common was a very obsessive-compulsive joyful drive to create. You could almost touch their collective exuberant imagination and the electric heat of their synapses during the creation of this show. And that's a very rare thing to feel at a group show - so chapeau to Joe for putting this show together and selecting such a great bunch of fellow artists.
Also massive thanks to Jennifer Moran who runs High Roller for taking the time - on Guy Fawkes Night, no less - to show me around the exhibition, dig out secret works from the High Roller treasure trove and for discussing techniques, misunderstood artists, monsters and... dentures.
More of this kind of stuff in London please!
Savant runs until November 27.
by Suzanne on November 1st, 2011
Installation view of Savant at High Roller Society, London, showing Richard Stipl's work - click to enlarge
When I first got an invite to this show, I couldn't believe that a London gallery would put together so many of my favourite young international artists for a group show. And a street art gallery on top of that!
Savant shows the works of Richard Stipl - who I still suspect to be the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson (YES, OF COURSE I calculated that!) of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt - Rory Dean, Peggy Kouroumalos, Joe Becker, James Unsworth et al.
I sincerely wish they hadn't slapped the term "New Gothic Art" into their press release and what exactly is supposedly "idiotic" about any of this art I will never understand; as a matter of fact, I don't even find any of it "offensive", but oh well, this is the UK, I come from a different school of cannibalist Marxist thinking and I guess this type of work seems somewhat "strange" and "wacky" to the lazy European eyeball.
So let's just agree that they're fantastic works by very talented young international artists, ja? Danke.
Do go see this. It's rare to get a group show like that in Londinium. Trust me.
Oh, and if someone could please tell me whether Stipl's The Ritual has indeed dentures on it or whether someone just left them there by accident, that would be much appreciated. They only appear in this installation view and the whole thing really confused me. Thanks.
On show: Oct 29 - Nov 27, 2011
Hours: Thu - Sun: 12 - 6 PM, and by appointment
by Suzanne on September 5th, 2011
Heretic II by Richard Stipl, clay, hair, 66 x 19 x 14 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge
For some reason, I keep reading the show title as "Dismembering Disasters" but I guess that just goes to show that I have a one-track mind.
You know that Franz Xaver Messerschmidt would have loved to attend this show so please do him a favour and don't miss it if you're in Paris. Details below.
Heretic I by Richard Stipl, clay, found objects, 25 x 17 x 12 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge
Opening reception: Sep 8, 2011, 6 - 9 PM
On show: Sep 9 - Oct 15, 2011
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM
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
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
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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:
by Suzanne on February 13th, 2011
The Magician by Xiao Guo Hui, egg tempera on linen, 2010 - click to enlarge
A Canadian gallery whose selection of artists I have long envied is Christopher Cutts Gallery in Toronto with masters like Mat Brown (hells yeah!), Xiao Guo Hui (above), Peggy Kouroumalos (recently featured here), Christy Langer and Richard Stipl (featured in PorcelLana Nervosa) in their collection, to just name a few.
The gallery now honours thirteen of its talents in a group show aptly entitled Bakers Dozen which opened on Thursday and will remain on show until March 5.
All of the artists mentioned above are amongst the exhibiting artists so this looks like a very promising show indeed.
On show: Feb 10 - Mar 5, 2011
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM
by Suzanne on September 24th, 2007
Mother and Child by Harma Heikens, mixed media, 80 x 60 x 40 cm, 2004
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