Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Victor Castillo at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, L.A. ... and Mia Mäkilä originals for sale!

by Suzanne on January 31st, 2011

The Winner Takes It All by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

With February around the corner, it's time to get your sausages polished for Victor Castillo's (previously featured here and here) Rebels With A Cause show which opens at Merry Karnowsky Gallery this coming Saturday, February 5 - alongside Mel Kadel's Arms Out. Both shows run until March 5.

Details below.

Chick Habit by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas, 2007 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Feb 5, 2011, 8 - 11 PM

On show: Feb 5 - Mar 5, 2011

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA, tel: 323.933.4408 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 12 – 6 PM


Artist's website

In related creepilicious news, my friend Mia Mäkilä is selling original works from her website starting at only $77 - do go check them out!

by suzanne_tumblr on November 27th, 2009

Untitled (Bucarest Hacia 1850)* by Victor Castillo

Victor’s RSS stopped working so I haven’t had any updates from him for fucking ages and I was slowly getting concerned, but thankfully, le maître de la saucisse seems alive and well and has a show at Heliumcowboy in Hamburg, Germany, at the moment.

* I chose this rather unusual Castilloesque momentum because I know that Tumblr loves nothing more than a good crucifix.

Victor Castillo & Brian Despain at Roq la Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2008

I've Seen That Face Before by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas - click for details

If you live in Seattle and love vegan sausages and/or melancholy robots, make sure to pop down to Roq la Rue's new amazing double exhibition featuring Victor "Cartoon Goya" Castillo (previously featured here & here) and Brian "Robots Need Love Too!" Despain.

Oh, and it looks like Kirsten redesigned the gallery's website. Neeeeeeeeat!

Opens: Tonight, Friday, September 12, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

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

Preview show

Artists' websites/blogs: Victor Castillo | Brian Despain

Victor Castillo & Miss Van in Berlin

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2008

Sin In My Heart by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas, 2008

Wurzeltod®'s favourite sausage fetishist Victor Castillo (so far the artist whose work - Chick Habit, to be precise - stayed on my MacBook desktop, the most merciless place for the arts, longest) visits the capital of yummy, yummy Currywurst¹!

Together with Miss Van, he'll present new works in a show titled Canto negro y Brujerias which opened at Merry Karnowsky Gallery Berlin last weekend and will be on show till the end of August.

Not too sure about Miss Van's recent expedition to the world of doll assemblage sculpture thingies, but as long as it doesn't frighten the horses...

Details below.

On show: July 26 - August 23, 2008

Featuring: Victor Castillo (Chile) & Miss Van (France)

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery Berlin, Torstrasse 175, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Preview show


¹ N.B.: Wurzeltod® doesn't endorse the consumption of meat/dairy products/razor blades.

4 Images To Perfectly Sum Up A Bizarre Day

by Suzanne on December 16th, 2007


Ice Cream for Breakfast by William Schmidt

... NOON...

Yoshi by Mark Ryden, 2007


You better finish what you started by Michael Page

... EVENING...

Chick Habit by Victor Castillo, 2007

Sundays fucking scare me.

Victor Castillo's Explicit Lyrics

by Suzanne on November 19th, 2007

Supplica a Mia Madre, 2007, by Victor Castillo - click to enlarge

Victor Castillo is a young Chilean artist whose oeuvre reinterprets pop culture icons in a satirical, grotesque and often blatantly cruel way.

His playful yet critical resistance to be mesmerised by the ever increasing Bilderflut and his opposition against its commercial messages puts him in the tradition of artists like Brian Taylor (a.k.a. CandyKiller), M.S. Bastian, Ben Frost (website currently down) or even Ronald Kurniawan - to name a few.

But let's hear the artist himself:

[...] The work of Victor Castillo strikes like a swift blow to the stomach and stirs the innards of a popular iconography fed by comics, illustration and television. His drawing produce slogans on daily consumption and monstrous beings enslaved to flesh and money. This production, consumption and digestion of statements reveal the violence of everyday life and denounce the universality of rationality incarnated by diabolical figures of animals or humans.

(Excerpt from Victor Castillo on Victor Castillo)

© Victor Castillo - click to enlarge

His new series for the Explicit Lyrics show in Barcelona reminds me a lot of Jake & Dinos Chapman's Insult to Injury series for which they altered (or, in their own words, "improved") a set of Goya's original Los Desastres de la Guerra etchings.

Anyway.. don't miss Victor's current show at Iguapop Gallery if you happen to be in beautiful Barcelona by November 24, 2007.

I put a spell on you, 2007, by Victor Castillo - click to enlarge