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Richard Stipl at High Roller Society, London - Pictures

by Suzanne on November 18th, 2011


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

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.


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

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.


By Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

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 Richard Stipl, photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

Richard Stipl & Co.'s "Savant" at High Roller Society, London

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!

Then I heard that artist Joe Becker was in charge of curating Savant and the epicness of it all immediately made a lot of sense.

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.


Installation view of Savant at High Roller, London, showing Joe Becker's and Richard Stipl's work - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 29 - Nov 27, 2011

Address: High Roller Society, 10 Palmers Road, London, E2 0SY, UK, tube: Bethnal Green, Mile End, email: info(at)highrollersociety.co.uk, tel: +44 (0)208 981 8177 | Map

Hours: Thu - Sun: 12 - 6 PM, and by appointment

Press release | Installation views

WurzelForum discussion

Richard Stipl's "Remembering Disasters" at Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, Paris

by Suzanne on September 5th, 2011


Heretic II by Richard Stipl, clay, hair, 66 x 19 x 14 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

Dukan Hourdequin Gallery in Paris - check out their fantastic roster of artists - presents the first French solo exhibition of Czech artist Richard Stipl's works.

Remembering Disasters opens this coming Thursday and will be showing sculptures from the past decade of Richard's grotesquely physiognomic creative output.

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.

Curator of the exhibition is Otto M. Urban who brought us the fantastic Decadence Now - Visions of Excess at Prague's Rudolfinum Gallery last year.

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

Address: Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, 24, rue Pastourelle, 75003, Paris, France, email: info@dukanhourdequin.com | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM

Press release

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:

"Bakers Dozen" feat. Xiao Guo Hui at Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto

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

Address: Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6R 2H9, Canada, tel: 416-532-5566, email: info@cuttsgallery.com | Directions

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview show

Featuring: Xiao Guo Hui, Peggy Kouroumalos, Richard Stipl, Christy Langer, Mat Brown and others.

Porcellana Nervosa

by Suzanne on September 24th, 2007


Mother and Child by Harma Heikens, mixed media, 80 x 60 x 40 cm, 2004

For the stressed reader: The Sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiideshow! Much shorter this time. I promise.

NOTE TO READERS:
If you're a sculptor working with porcelain/ceramics/glass/ivory et al. and want to be added to Porcellana Nervosa, please feel free to leave a comment to this post.

BoingBoing's Antique Ivory Skull Statuettes

Barnaby Barford (site currently down - visit DesignBoom instead!)

Crystal Morey (via The StuntKid)

Cynthia Consentino (via SubStrom)

Harma Heikens (via Andrea Natale)

Hieronymus Bosch Action Figures (by the Parastone Mouseion collection)

Julien Martinez (previously featured here)

Justin Novak (via Glubibulga)

Les Deux Garcons (previously featured here)

Liu Jianhua (I was lucky enough to see some of his sculptures at the beautiful Mahjong show in Berne - via Andrea Natale)

Lucio Bubacco (via Notes From Somewhere Bizarre)

Mark Ryden's Angel of Meat (seen here exhibited at Carrie Secrist Gallery)

Martin Klimas

Pia Stadtbäumer

Renée Laferriere (via Strange Little Girls)

Richard Stipl (via Hugo)

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