Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Nicola Samori at Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
, Berlin

by Suzanne on May 24th, 2011

La Storia by Nicola Samori, oil on copper (?), 2009 - click to enlarge

Nicola Samori is one of those artists I have been meaning to post about for a long time now - ever since I discovered his stunning oeuvre via the lovely and ever informative Samantha Levin.

His work struck an immediate chord with me as it exemplifies a certain poetic and narrative deconstructive (in the truest meaning of the word) trend that I've witnessed with a bunch of other young artists.

Most remarkably of course the great Titus Kaphar, in a more aggressive manner Valerie Hegarty, and even - in a more satirical and playful sense - Seb Patane and Ruth Claxton. The list could beyond doubt go on, but my brain is very leaky.

J.V. by Nicola Samori, oil on copper (?), 2009 - click to enlarge

Nicola Samori's works, however, are a lot darker and more nihilistic than any of his above contemporaries' and that's precisely why I find them particularly mesmerising.

He's currently exhibiting new works in the 13 group show at Christian Ehrentraut in Berlin.

Please note that the works featured here are from 2009 so you probably won't get to see the exact ones.

Details below.

J.V. by Nicola Samori, oil on panel, 2009 - click to enlarge

On show: May 13 - July 9, 2011

Address: Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
, Friedrichstraße 123, 10117 Berlin (U-Bhf Oranienburger Tor), Germany, tel: +49 (0)30 4403 8385, email: mail@christianehrentraut.com | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Preview works | Press release

Artist's website

Ruth Claxton at Ikon & The Barber, Birmingham

by Suzanne on March 31st, 2008

From the Postcards series by Ruth Claxton, 2004

Multi-media artist Ruth Claxton has the honour to present her works to her fellow Birminghamians in two shows - both opening this Wednesday.

Her recycled and grotesquely disfigured porcelain figurines from the Lands End series are being shown by Ikon Gallery (April 2 - May 18, 2008), while Interventions - a series of new altered postcard pieces - are being exhibited by the Barber Institue of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham (April 2 - July 6, 2008).

Yellow Hair Eyes by Ruth Claxton, 2004

Downloads: Ikon exhibition guide (PDF)  

Catalogue: Available in May 2008, for £15, from Ikon. Fully illustrated.

Jesus is Coming. Look Busy.

by Suzanne on December 25th, 2007

Two works from the I Thought I Was The Audience And Then I Looked At You series by Ruth Claxton, 2003-2004

Merry Christmashanukkahkwanzaawintersolstice from Wurzeltodâ„¢ - currently residing in beautiful Little Shelford/UK.

Special thanks to Mer for her unexpected early x-mas surprise. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Please note that I won't be able to respond to emails or snail mail until I'm back in Helvetia around January 10, 2008.


Christmas Letters to Christopher Walken

Making Fiends Christmas Episode

Weebl and Bob's White Christmas

B3ta’s Tramp O Claus

Reverend Dan's Jingle Bells

The Incident Before Christmas

Happy Holidays From Chaos Kitty

Ze Frank's Carol Maker With Very Irritating
Electro Clash Elves

Knit Your Own Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo (via BB)

Flip Flop Flyin'’s Ten Fun Things To Do At Christmas

"Scared of Santa" Photo Gallery

Swapatorium's Retro Christmas

Krampus Postcards From Copro Nason Gallery

Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz's Winter Landscapes

Contemplative x-mas news stories: Couple finds stoned owl in Christmas tree | Santa dies at children's party | Mall Santa was meningitis carrier

always the love, always the years, always the hours...

by Suzanne on August 12th, 2006

© Ruth Claxton - via vvork - click on images to enlarge

Ich küsse die Luft,
Ich umarme die Wärme der Nächte.
Mir ist, es müsse von meinem Harme, meinem Sehnen
Aus der Leere dein Auge aufsprießen,
Zu mir fließen dein blauender Blick.
Sonne brütet,
Sommergras glüht,
Vom roten Mohn sprüht brünstiger Schein.
Ich strecke die Arme,
Erbarme dich, Licht,
Mich küssen hungrige Nächte.

(Max Dauthendey, 1867-1918)


© Ken Wong - click to enlarge

Brandt Peters | Brian Rawson | Caia Koopman | CandyKiller (again!) | Chad Verrill | Clandestina n°45 | EyeSuck Ink | Fernando Falcone | Fernando Tabanera | Group Show n°6 | Honey Eat Your Salad | If You Could | Jasper Wong | Jeff Cohen | Julie Blackmon | Kahn & Selesnick | Ken Wong | Lori Field | Marion Peck | Mark Hosford | Martin Wittfooth | Shift n°117 | Tancrede Szekely | ToothJuice


Still from Pan’s Labyrinth

Bendito Machine - Short Incaesque silhouette flash movie about hate and war. (via Festival International du Cinéma d'Animation)

Pan’s Labyrinth - Promo trailer for the haunting fairy tale produced by Alfonso Cuarón, del Toro, Frida Torresblanco and Bertha Navarro. (Official site - via ArtDorks)

What A Wonderful Day - A moral tale about an adorably megalomaniac little bunny on a hill; created by Philip Eddolls.


© Marion Peck at Roq La Rue Gallery - click to enlarge

Lopsided Soup at ThinkSpace Gallery in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Opening reception: 11 August 2006, 7 - 11 PM | Featuring: Lesley Reppeteaux & Myna Sonou | Special Signing: 19 August 2006, 2 - 5 PM w/Lesley Reppeteaux | Press Release | Preview show | Purchase Lesley Reppeteaux's limited edition dioramae

Undertow 2 at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, USA.

→ Opening reception: 11 August 2006, 6 - 9 PM | Featuring: Marion Peck, Eric White, Carrie Ann Baade, et al. | Preview show

Group Show Number Two at Corey-Helford Gallery in Culver City, USA.

→ Opening reception: 12 August 2006, 7 - 10 PM | Featuring: Korin Faught, Scott Saw, et al.

• Shomei Tomatsu's Skin of the Nation at SFMOMA in San Francisco, USA.

→ Closing: 13 August 2006

Kerri Jamison's Off Peak at the Minnesota Center for Photography in Minneapolis, USA.

→ Closing: 13 August 2006

Back then at the Toyroom Gallery in Sacramento, USA.

→ Opening reception: 18 August 2006 | Featuring: Todd Lawson & Shaunna Peterson


Alice's Adventures Under Ground (by Lewis Carroll / English / Ill.)

Applied Psychology for Nurses (by Mary F. Porter / English)

Dracula (by Bram Stoker / English)

Fairies and Folk of Ireland (by William Henry Frost / English / Ill.)

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (by Leonardo da Vinci / English)


Alan Moore interview I (by A.V. Club)

Alan Moore interview II (by Nerve)

Daniel Clowes questionnaire (by ReadyMade)

Jim Woodring podcast interview (by Ian Greeb)

Kara Walker questionnaire (by Frieze)

Lint Museum interview (by Pop Thirteen)

Michael Kupperman interview (by The Comics Reporter)