Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

by suzanne_tumblr on October 2nd, 2009

The great Travis Louie working on a drawing.

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

Femke Hiemstra & Travis Louie at Roq La Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on April 11th, 2008

The Fortune Cookie Hunter by Femke Hiemstra

Tonight's opening reception at Roq la Rue brings together two artists who both share a passion to achieve artistic meticulousness and precision - Travis Louie by using a painstaking technique involving acrylic washes to create mesmerising textures & physiognomies, and Femke Hiemstra by creating bewitching miniature children's book landscapes on tiny found surfaces.

I'm sure it will be fascinating to see Femke's sumptuously colourful and narrative mixed media works juxtaposed by the anachronistically monochrom and venerable portraits of Travis' fantastical hybrids.

Circus Has Left Town by Femke Hiemstra

Opening reception (Travis will be attending): Tonight, April 11, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

On show: April 11 - May 3, 2008

Address: Roq La Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977

Preview Femke Hiemstra's works

Le Club Des Fumeurs Secret by Femke Hiemstra

The Art of Travis A. Louie

by Suzanne on November 18th, 2007

Monty's Day of the Dead by Travis Louie

Still mourning the sudden death of the great ArtDorks forum and its fascinating crew of inspiring and talented members, I'm overjoyed to let you know that one of its most outstanding contributors, Travis A. Louie, finally has his own domain to worthily represent his creepy anachronistic art.

I guess I'll never be quite sure whether it's the precision of his style or the fact that - similar to Victorian studio portrait photographs - most of his otherworldly creatures confront the viewer so inescapably directly that gives the alternate realities Travis creates a totally justified existence somewhere in the past or future of transhumanist history.

At any rate.. I, for one, wouldn't be surprised whatsoever to bump into one of his oddlings during my Sunday walk along Lake Lucerne.

Karl the Humanzee (left) and The Vamp circa 1873 (right) by Travis Louie