Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Matsui Fuyuko Japan Earthquake Charity Auction at Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo

by Suzanne on May 6th, 2011

Scattered Deformities in the End by Matsui Fuyuko, colour pigment on paper, 2007 - click to enlarge

With lots of smaller galleries having to close for long periods of time due to power shortages, Western galleries pulling out of promised travelling exhibitions and foreign investors withdrawing loans for retrospective shows in fear they may not be able to show prestigious artworks for years to come due to radiation exposure, the Japanese art scene is in very dire straits right now. The Art Newspaper has a good overview of the situation.

You may think it's very cynical to point out the arts considering the wider humanitarian and ecological context of tens of thousands of earthquake and tsunami victims, but a society needs recreation, needs culture, needs music, needs literature, needs art to find solace and strength to rebuild itself in desperate times.

Keeping up the Pureness by Matsui Fuyuko, colour pigment on hanging silk scroll, 2004 - click to enlarge

It's fantastic and inspiring to see so many determined independent local groups putting on no-budget gigs and DIY fundraiser art shows, and amongst all the Japanese exhibition cancellation emails I got yesterday, there was one positive note that infused me with great joy:

"Matsui Fuyuko has been painting to support the people affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.

These works will be exhibited at Gallery Naruyama and open for bidding.

All funds from this auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the victims and recovery of northeastern Japan.

I kindly ask for your participation and support."

- Matsui Fuyuko

In case you're unfamiliar with her oeuvre, Matsui Fuyuko is an exceptional artist, her technique century-old, her repertoire gigantic, her topics ranging from the anatomical to the existential to the spectral. Oh, and she's ridiculously hot.

The East Japan Earthquake Recovery Fund Charity Auction will be held at Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo from May 16 - 21.

A list of works has not been released yet but there will be "new works including rare pieces, such as drawings on a uchiwa (Japanese fan)". More details below.

© Matsui Fuyuko, via Trevor Brown - click to enlarge

On show: May 16 - 21, 2011

Address: Gallery Naruyama, #205 Matsuoka Kudan Bldg., 2-2-8 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 102-0074 Japan, tel: +81 (0)3 3264-4871, email: info@gallery-naruyama.com | Map

Gallery hours: Daily from 1 - 7 PM, except Wednesdays and Sundays.

Artist's website

Matsui Fuyuko on the WurzelForum® i | ii

Further reading: TateEtc visits Matsui Fuyuko's studio | Trevor Brown reviews her deluxe edition monograph | Matsui Fuyuko books at Edition Treville

Teiji Hayama at C. Emerson Fine Arts, Florida

by Suzanne on May 5th, 2011

The Bath by Teiji Hayama, oil on canvas - click to enlarge

Got an email from Japan-born, Switzerland-based Teiji Hayama the other day informing me about an ongoing exhibition of his work at C. Emerson Fine Arts in Florida.

He's exhibiting his translucent saintly girls in a group show called Lucid Dreams until May 21.

Madone by Teiji Hayama, pastel gouache on hand made paper - click to enlarge

On show: Apr 8 - May 21, 2011

Address: C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33705, USA, email: info@c-emersonfinearts.com, tel: 727-898-6068 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 11 AM - 4 PM, Sat: 12 - 5 PM

Press release | Flyer

Artist's website

In other great art news...

i) Trevor Brown celebrates the return of decade-old stolen art:

ii) Find of the Day: A hilarious 17th century swimming manual (via defrag):

"Next that the water it selfe bee cleare, not troubled with any kinde of slimie filth, which is very infectious to the skinne, that the breadth, depth, and length therof be sufficiently knowne, that it be not muddie at the bottome."

Antanas Sutkus at Château d'Eau, Toulouse

by Suzanne on March 11th, 2011

Blind Pioneer by Antanas Sutkus, 1962 - click to enlarge

I stumbled upon one of the most amazing French photography galleries the other day: The Château d'Eau founded in 1974 by Jean Dieuzaide and located in an old water tower in Toulouse.

Until April 17, the gallery is showing Un Regard Libre, a retrospective devoted to Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus that makes my eyes water particularly because the above photograph that has haunted me for years will be on show.

Details below.

On show: Mar 9 - Apr 17, 2011

Address: Le Château d'Eau, Galerie municipale, 1 Place Laganne, 31300 Toulouse, France, tel: +33(0)5 . 61770940, email: chateau@galeriechateaudeau.org

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 1 - 7 PM

To order Antanas Sutkus' monograph at £60.00 or print sales contact Anya Stonelake: anya@whitespacegallery.co.uk

In Japan earthquake & tsunami news, sensei Trevor Brown has survived the apocalypse unharmed and is far away from the grotesquely large dark brown self-aware lava-like blob made of trucks, trains, houses, bridges, and BURNING forests swallowing up the landscape bit by bit like Katamari. :(

2011 Greetings, Puny Earthlings!

by Suzanne on January 6th, 2011

Spooky times. A bit over 700 days now until the end is so fucking nigh that its fetid breath will steam up your non-prescription hipster glasses. So I guess 'tis as good and jolly as any a time to wish you all a belated happy new year and ask you to please stop bitching about 2010 and projecting all your vapid hopes onto this one because, quite frankly, deep deep down you know that nothing will ever change and that we're all doomed either way. Yay!

In related uplifting news, this is the 8th time the WurzelBlog has witnessed the dawn of a new annus horribilis and call it tradition, call it indolence, we tend to mark it by re-posting whatever our leader Trevor Brown has posted.

So here it is, your official 2011 (eye) opener:

New Year Card by Trevor Brown, 2011 - click to enlarge

I really wish we'd all live in a TB world where our shoes have an "L" or "R" on them because hell knows I sure do need such guidance through this obscure existence of ours.

Also here to wish you all the best is the ever charming Akino Kondoh:

© Akino Kondoh , 2011

The people at Kotaku bring us The Best Games From The 80s You've Never Heard Of ...

(I apologise for the potentially annoying ads you'll get with this - thanks, Robert M Fenner!)

.... and Timeless has things of unimaginable greatness planned for you this year:

(Just imagine it's a rl book and flip through the pages by using the little white arrow, you morons!)

In movie news, The Sound of Music is getting a long overdue minimalistic ultraviolent re-release:

(via Valentina Tanni)

And finally, I'm glad to announce that Joanna Ebenstein's Morbid Anatomy Library now has regular opening times:

Saturdays, 12-6 PM, starting this Saturday, January 8, 2011.

I think we can therefore conclude that annus 2011 will be a bittersweet headache-inducing mix of things ocular, radiological, 80s, inked, painful and morbid. Amen.

by suzanne_tumblr on September 27th, 2009


Trevor Brown!!

But yes, of course… absolutely, gea! A mystic mantra that has to be chanted at least 3 times a day.

Baby Art Blog

by Suzanne on December 9th, 2007

Babyheart by Trevor Brown - modelling clay & acrylics, c. 20 x 20 x 15cm, 2007

Readers following my friend Trevor Brown's signature oeuvre will be pleased to hear that he has a blog now. A WordPress® blog notably. With RSS feed, comments section et al. Weeeeeeeee!

That's all. You may all go back to your hangovers now and sing Enya songs all night.

Brown | Ryden | Earley

by Suzanne on April 28th, 2007

Yes! Finally some good news for Swiss BabyArt® lovers: My friend Trevor Brown's wee little Rubber Doll exhibition opens tonight at Büro Discount in Zurich.

Sadly, Mr TB won't be present, but I'll do my very best to do a credible impression of him. I swear you won't even notice a difference.

His works will be on view until 3 June 2007. Even though it's going to be a rather small exhibition with only a handful of paintings, you should all definitely come along, as this is a very rare opportunity to see TB's original oeuvre outside Godzillaland. Voilà:

Rubber Doll

© Trevor Brown - click for details

Where: Büro Discount, Zurich, CH.
When: 28 April - 3 June 2007 | Vernissage: 28 April, 7 PM onwards

Additional information | Artist’s website | Flyer

To inhabitants of the New World: Mark Ryden's Tree Show marks its finissage tonight, so this is your very last chance to go see it:

The Tree Show

The Apology by Mark Ryden - click for details

Where: Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
When: until 28 April 2007

Additional information | Artist's website | Juxtapoz photos

However, if you're more into grandiose vernissages than gloomy finissages, may I recommend you attend Lori Earley's opening for

Anima Sola

Drained by Lori Earley - click for details

Where: Opera Gallery, New York, USA.
When: 28 April - 19 May 2007 | Opening reception: 28 April, 6-9 PM

Additional information | Artist’s website | Juxtapoz interview