Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Ruth Marten at Hosfelt Gallery, NYC

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2011


Hirsute by Ruth Marten, ink on found print, 9"x 5 7/8", 2007 - click to enlarge

There are artists who rework old illustrations because a) they simply cannot be bothered to start from scratch or b) they have horror vacui when sitting in front of an empty glaring sheet and then, well then there is Ruth Marten.

Ruth Marten's works are way more than mere ready-mades or upcycled memorabilia - as an actual expert in putting a most haunting aura in found material she literally intervenes in the historic.

What makes her stand out is beyond doubt her technical excellence and her astonishing versatility - her Hair series will illustrate to you what I'm talking about. Is this skill set that puts her work right up there with the Chapman Brothers' 2003 reworks of Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra etchings in regards to twisted sense of humour, with Edward Gorey in regards to her whimsical melancholia and Heinrich Hoffmann in regards to educational shock.

Ruth is currently presenting slightly newer works than I'm showing here at the Hosfelt Gallery in a summer group show alongside Rachell Sumpter, Christopher Adams and Jeremy Stenger.

Please note that the exhibition has now been extended to August 5.


Zoophilia by Ruth Marten, ink on found print, 10 1/2" x 8", 2007 - click to enlarge

On show: Jun 23 - Aug 5, 2011

Address: Hosfelt Gallery, 531 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018, USA, tel: 212-563-5454, email: infony@hosfeltgallery.com | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM

Press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Kara Walker at Lehmann Maupin and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York

by Suzanne on April 18th, 2011


Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats by Kara Walker, 2005 - click to enlarge

And we're staying historically monochrome with Kara Walker whose new double show Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale will be opening at Lehmann Maupin - in collaboration with Sikkema Jenkins & Co - in New York this Thursday.

From the press release:

At Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Walker will present three new video works, which draw on her own experience in the Mississippi Delta, “a region mythologized in song and popular culture but tragically depressing.” She explains, “I drove down to the Delta thinking about the terrors of Jim Crow and slavery, yet the silent indifference of the landscape and the economic stasis, lack of mobility, and the persistence of a racist memory in the area was what stuck.” [...]

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. will present, Dust Jackets for the Niggerati- and Supporting Dissertations, Drawings submitted ruefully by Dr. Kara E. Walker a concurrent exhibition of Kara Walker’s graphite works on paper and hand-printed texts. This body of work grew out of the artist’s search for understanding of the way that power asserts itself in interpersonal and geopolitical spheres. [...]

Details for the Lehmann Maupin show below. Check Sikkema Jenkins & Co for further information about their show as nothing has gone online yet.


A Warm Summer Evening in 1863 by Kara Walker, 2008 - click to enlarge

On show: Apr 21 - Jun 4, 2011

Address: Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, NY, tel: 212 255 2923 | Map

Press release & preview

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

... and in other chromatically challenged but visually ingenious news...

i) The great Uno Moralez has a new bitmap marvel out:


© Uno Moralez, 2011 - click to enlarge

ii) Ruth Marten has updated her website with gorgeous new work...


Oyster by Ruth Marten, ink on found paper, 2008 - click to enlarge

by suzanne_tumblr on December 3rd, 2009

Hirsute by Ruth Marten, 2007, ink on found print (via my dear Pam!)