Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

New articles, publications, blogs worth checkin'

by Suzanne on June 22nd, 2011

I didn't really want to turn each of the following into separate posts, so please do apologise the rather random character of what's to come.

READIN'

Ingestion / Planet in a Bottle (by Christopher Turner for Cabinet Magazine)

A fantastic article about the bionauts, Buckminster Fuller, and why humans just can't and won't coexist with nature.

Bones with Bling (by Paul Koudounaris for ForteanTimes)

Nomen est omen. A short but sweet article about Europe's old bejewelled skeletons.

BUYIN'

Fantastic Animals (by Aleksandra Waliszewska & Matthew Wascovich for My Dance The Skull)

A new publication from the amazing Aleksandra Waliszewska - a few people have told me that the above is most certainly a portrait of yours truly humpin'... SOMETHING... but I guess we'll never know.

Edition of 100 copies, 20 pages, 14 x 21 cm at only £5! Get one while they last.

OOHIN' & AAHIN'

Uno Moralez Mention No. 238917258

Sickeningly talented Uno Moralez posts pictures of an abandoned project.

Steven Cook's Alternity

The year is 2011 and it looks like Steven Cook has taken up alternifying reality again. Oh boy! Seen above is The Traveller Returns.

JAPANIN'

Incredible Custom Akira pinball machine

Based on a boring Gottlieb. Found by Otomblr - dedicated to the art of Katsuhiro Otomo.

Tokyo Scum Brigade Tumblr

TSB now have a Tumblr. Noice.

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

2011 Congress of Curious Peoples, Coney Island

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011


Congress of Curious Peoples poster by Lord Whimsy - click for details

The great Joanna of Morbid Anatomy announced the lineup for this year's Congress for Curious Peoples Symposium at The Coney Island Museum which will take place over the weekend of April 16 - 17 as the final highlight of the 10-day congress.

Joanna says:

This year's Congress for Curious Peoples symposium was inspired by the themes of the The Great Coney Island Spectacularium, the installation I have been working on as Artist in Resident of The Coney Island Museum and within which the Congress will take place. Topics explored in the symposium will include Immersive Amusements, Human Anatomy on Display, and Science and Technology for Public Amusement and will feature many of my favorite scholars, artists, collectors and bon vivants, including (and this is just a brief sampling) Mark Dion, Norman Klein, Mark Dery, Mike Sappol, Lord Whimsy, Evan Michelson, Mike Zohn, and Laurel Braitman.

And Joanna herself will of course be speaking too.

Click here to go to Morbid Anatomy for the full schedule as well as information about tickets and remember to book early if you're planning to attend.

In related curious news, here's Uno Moralez' newest piece:


© Uno Moralez - click to enlarge

BrowserTod®: The GIF Art of Francoise Gamma & Co.

by Suzanne on February 8th, 2011


Fracturas by Francoise Gamma - BEWARE: Website very image heavy

A friend of mine recently raised the issue of image formats that are not futureproof and said that he wants to see animated GIFs extinct by 2020.

Animated GIFs - bitmaps in general, for that matter - are a topic I feel strongly about and as long as there are artists like the wunderkind Uno Moralez (previously featured here), the office supply addicts of I Am Not An Artist, the cinemaphile Three Frames, the slightly OCD people from SweetGIFs or the hilarious b3ta collective out there who use animated GIFs to enrich the internets with creative, subversive, humorous content that would simply not work in any other medium, the animated GIF deserves our attention and protection.

Someone who devotes more time than any other artist to the animated GIF is Francoise Gamma (top) whose transsexual Bellmeresque zombiedroids need to be viewed with an advanced browser if you don't want it to crash.

And don't say I didn't warn you.

Cause I did.

From Uno Moralez with pixels

by Suzanne on January 11th, 2011

A teaser to a heartbreaking bitmap love story conceived and drawn by the great Uno Moralez.


All images © Uno Moralez, 2011

Go read it here in its entirety.

by suzanne_tumblr on May 3rd, 2010

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by suzanne_tumblr on April 2nd, 2010

© Uno Moralez