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Alice Anderson's Childhood Rituals at Freud Museum, London

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011

Housebound by Alice Anderson, site specific sculpture made of 3000 metres of dolls' hair, 2011 - Photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

You may have noticed that I'm posting events that are still a few weeks ahead of us. That's mainly because I will be off to my home town of Lucerne in a few days to attend the Fumetto Comics Festival! Weeeee!

Anyways, I'll be back in time for Alice Anderson's (previously featured here) amazing Childhood Rituals installation made of 3 km of dolls' hair wrapped around London's Freud Museum - with new sculptural pieces being on show inside the museum.

Alice Anderson about her work:

“I remember the terrible fears I used to have when I was a child left alone at home for many long hours waiting for the return of my mother. At that time I invented rituals for myself to calm my anxieties. These rituals consisted of undoing the thread from seams and I wound these threads around parts of my body and other objects. This obsession became so bad that I started to do the same thing using my hair.”

I don't miss any of Alice's exhibitions as - just like Chiharu Shiota - she has the rare gift to transform surroundings to the point where space becomes irrelevant and time a distant memory.

If you've never had a chance to see her work up close and you happen to be in London tomorrow, you can also catch a glimpse of her commission to All Visual Arts’ Bound at their new Kings Cross location. Kate MccGwire will also have a piece on show.

On show: Apr 15 - Jun 5, 2011

Address: Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, UK, tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002, email: info@freud.org.uk | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Admission: £6

Press release

Artist's website

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

Tous Cannibales at Maison Rouge, Paris

by Suzanne on March 29th, 2011

Girls Don't Cry by Makoto Aida, 2004 - click to enlarge

With the oeuvre featured in the Claude Lévi-Strauss inspired Tous Cannibales show at the Maison Rouge in Paris being incredibly stellar, it actually gave me a hard time selecting the image material for this little feature until I realised that generally speaking, the more Japanese sounding the artist, the better the artwork and as you can see, it's now a fact. Q.E.D. No, not really. But still.

What I find slightly bewildering if not downright outrageous is the fact that this show has been going on for way over a month already but has gotten almost no coverage. It's particularly bizarre considering that the grandiose Chiharu Shiota is currently exhibiting at the Maison Rouge as well.

© Toshio Saeki - click to enlarge

Artists represented in the Tous Cannibales show include:

Makoto Aida, Gilles Barbier, Michaël Borremans, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Will Cotton, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Dzama, James Ensor, Francisco de Goya, J. J. Grandville, Pieter Hugo, Melissa Ichiuji, Oda Jaune (a great new discovery for me!), Fernand Khnopff, Théo Mercier, Félicien Rops, Bettina Rheims, Toshio Saeki, Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and lots lots lots more.

School Girl by Melissa Ichiuji - click to enlarge

Jeanette Zwingenberger has done an absolutely outstanding and very brave job at curating and I can only hope that this turns into a traveling exhibition for the entire world to see.

Chapeau Maison Rouge, chapeau Jeanette Zwingenberger, chapeau all the artists involved. Details below. Oh, and watch the video which I'm totally hotlinking from their page. Shhhhh!

On show: Feb 12 - May 15, 2011

Address: La Maison Rouge, 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France, tel: +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM, Thu: 11 AM - 9 PM

Admission: €7

Press release & preview

Bye Bye Kitty!!! at Japan Society, New York

by Suzanne on March 21st, 2011

ERECTRO(clara) by Motohiko Odani, 2004, photo by Kioku Keizo - click to enlarge

Bye Bye Kitty!!! - Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art - a fantastically curated show that has gained prominent relevance due to recent sad events in Japan is currently on show at New York's Japan Society.

It's an incredible tour de force featuring some in the Western art world often marginalised and underrepresented Japanese artists, my favourites being: Makoto Aida, Manabu Ikeda, Rinko Kawauchi, Motohiko Odani (above), Chiharu Shiota (previously featured here) and Miwa Yanagi (below).

From the Fairytale series by Miwa Yanagi, silver gelatin print, 2004 - click to enlarge

There's a lot to see and learn at this show so please don't miss it if you're in NYC. The Japan Society also offers you countless ways to donate to Japan's struggle with the earthquake and tsunami aftermath.

Details are below and please don't miss this interview with the amazing Makoto Aida (via Substrom):

On show: Mar 18 - Jun 12, 2011

Address: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, tel: 212.832.1155 | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11 AM - 6 PM, Fri : 11 AM - 9 PM, Sat & Sun: 11 AM - 5 PM

Exhibition website | Events

Sad stuff, boring stuff, embarrassing stuff, demented stuff, good stuff.

by Suzanne on March 18th, 2011


Please pardon the lack of updates here. It has a lot to do with me being glued to the BBC's Asia-Pacific Live blog at the strangest times of night and I got so little sleep I feel like I should do a sequel to Being John Malkovich entitled Being Yukio Edano. I won't go on about it here but I will keep posting useful links from the IAEA, IRSN, WHO, MIT, New Scientist et al. to my Facebook if you're interested, in an attempt to let information win over fear.

Most of my Japanese friends are fortunate to not live in the north-east that was hit hardest a week ago but in Tokyo and further south and are okay, Trevor Brown reported that he is "as well as can be expected. we still have food and i’m not glowing in the dark". Maru the Cat is fine too. Blogging from the future as a matter of fact - last sign of existence logged on March 20. Tokyo Scum Brigade are okay too and planning future projects. Also, the Same Hat! Tumblr has a message from the great, the invincible Kazuo Umezu.

It's good to see that despite the unbelievable hardship and the upsettingly fear-mongering Western journalism, the Japanese have kept their altruism, solidarity, logical calm... and very particular sense of humour:

As aftershocks continue, the situation at Fukushima isn't under control yet and with hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in harsh conditions, supplies and fuel running out and with the sheer scale of what's yet to come unimaginable, please consider donating to the Red Cross if you haven't done so already:

Japanese Red Cross

Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

If you are still looking for relatives, Google has launched both a YouTube channel and a person finder database.

There's been a lot of talk about "praying" for Japan. If you, like me, are not the praying type, let's HOPE for Japan to rise again and HELP where and how we can.

And please let us not forget about places currently out of the spotlight where very very tense situations prevail and that desperately need our attention too like Libya, Ivory Coast and a thousand other places on earth that fall through the media's radar.


Due to this website and the forum becoming more and more popular, I have to migrate all my content to a new hosting provider. This will probably happen sometime early this coming week and will lead to some down times. I will post a short announcement beforehand but just so you already know.


Yes, I still owe lots and lots and lots of you emails. Due to long sickness and a multitude of projects, my inbox is still rather chaotic but trust me, everyone will get a reply as soon as possible.


Rob has released the first issue of his "MISANTHROPIA! (The Greatest Country in the World)" zine that he's written and illustrated himself. It's hand copied and stapled the hell out of it by yours truly. If you're interested in supporting nonsensical small press, pricing incl. shipping is as follows: UK £1.50, EU £2, USA £2.50, RoW: £3 - paypalable to secretplotx(AT)gmail.com and we'll send it out straight away.


Later this weekend, I will have more news for you about the Musée Bizarre situation but right now it's still top-secret. Exciting times.

"Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei)

by Suzanne on March 3rd, 2011

© "Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei) - click to enlarge

I thought I'd post these amazing images mainly to make sure that the correct attribution isn't once again lost in the murky depths of the internets because they're outstanding works of sequential ero guro art that shouldn't remain hidden behind my FaceBook barrier.

A few months ago, the great Rapeblossom and I tumblred the above image looking for proper attribution because reverse search methods revealed nothing and we were both confused as to whether it could be a Suehiro Maruo piece. DR Tenge's exceptional technical analysis of things like shading and depth led us to rethink and consider a potential collaboration between artists so we submitted it to the experts of Same Hat! whose readership identified the albeit unnamed artist as the same master whose images have been floating around uncredited on tumblrs for years now:

From Kitan Club, April 1954 by "Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei) - click to enlarge

You can see the signature being the same in all of them, "Suk". The latter two are from the 1950s and appeared in a magazine called "Kitan Club" from April 1954 which Osamu Nomura has uploaded this very inspiring Flickr set of. If anyone has any more information on artist and magazine, please do get in touch.

So many thanks to the great team consisting of DR Tenge, Nana, Same Hat! and Osamu Nomura for making this a learning experience for us all and solving this conundrum and showing once again how much more insight and appreciation is won when things are properly attributed. We should do this more often.


EDIT MARCH 4, 2011: Many thanks to sensei Substrom for this piece of information:

"I remember Blakat (timeless-shop.com) made a post on his livejournal of the train images and he credited them to Kazuhisa Hantei. When I asked for more info he said they were printed in a French-Japanese artzine called Popo Color but had no more info on the artist."

EDIT APRIL 22, 2011: Reader k. k. says

畔亭数久 can be translated as “Kuro Tei Su Ku” from the On reading of the kanji, actually.

And here are two pages which reference the artist as both “Gurote Suku” and “Hantei Kazuhisa”.



Suehiro Maruo... I think... somewhere... in Shiogama, Japan

by Suzanne on March 1st, 2011

Plate 39, Maruo Graph Ex I © Suehiro Maruo - click to enlarge

My inked right arm says that Suehiro Maruo doesn't need any introduction here. Otherwise, there's his website here.

And then, there's my friend Aeron from MonsterBrains who recently uploaded a nice selection of Maruo material for those of you who don't own Éditions Treville's two Maruographs yet (I'm linking to my friends from AkaTako here because they're awesome and you should totally rob John Galliano/sleep with Charlie Sheen/behead Gaddafi to buy all their stock.)

Now due to translation issues, I am not entirely sure what exactly this event in Shiogama is about BUT the names Edogawa Rampo and Suehiro Maruo always make me drool so I thought I'd announce it anyway even though I misread for a second that Osamu Tezuka had magically risen from his grave when I realised talk was merely about the art prize named after the great master.

Anyway, what I think I essentially understood is that there's an exhibition with "original illustrations" by Maruo taking place at Fureai Esupu Shiogama Art Gallery in Shiogama from March 8 - 20. There is also a discussion WITH MARUO on March 12 for which registration is required.

So yeah, please do get in touch to correct me, Japanese speakers. The original listing is here.

© Suehiro Maruo - click to enlarge

On show: Mar 8 - 20, 2011

Address: Fureai Esupu Shiogama Art Gallery (in Lifelong Learning Center), 〒 985-0036 , Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, Higashitamagawa 9-1, Japan, tel: 022-367-2010 | Map

Opening hours: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 5 PM

Admission: Free

Artist's website

In other, randomly assorted, genius art news:

i) A Journey Round My Skull is now 50Watts. Update your bookmarks, links, feeds NOW.

ii) Santiago Caruso's newest watercolour The Last Prophet is of immense apocalyptic beauty:

iii) Ki Yoong still draws fantastically despite the fact that his brain has fallen out of his ears and is sliding out of the door with the slugs and woodlice. Yes.

iv) Michael Hansmeyer's subdivision columns make my head spin with insane Gothic glory:

"Les Yeux Du Chat" by Moebius/Jodorowsky

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Now people who know me are aware that yellow really isn't my colour of choice, but when I spotted these absolutely breathtaking Moebius illustrations over at the blog for all things Moebius, Quenched Consciousness (recommended to me by the amazing Nicholas Kahn), to Alejandro Jodorowsky's Les Yeux Du Chat, I had to rethink.

Quenched Consciousness says about the concept behind the series:

"So Les Yeux Du Chat’s narrative is a pretty simple one, but it’s got kind of an interesting structure. The book is like a series of two page spreads [...] (In) every odd numbered, or lefthand, page [...] all that can be seen is the silhouette of a man and the frame of his window [...]. The righthand pages are gorgeous splash pages showing a bird (named Meduz) attack and kill a cat, steal its eyes, and bring them to the man in the tower (who has an apparent psychic link with Meduz).

This simple back and forth of the page structure is surprisingly engrossing, both humanizing this sad man desperate to see and elevating the life of a bird to a kind of intimidating scale.

In all it’s 53 pages in length, the size a typical French album comic book."

Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

You can see some of the scans revealing architectural visions that would make a Hugh Ferriss and Fritz Lang tremble in awe, beautifully rendered animal scenes reminiscent of Christopher Conn Askew and apocalyptic dehumanisations à la Zdzislaw Beksinski by looking up the Yeux du chat tag on QC's Tumblr.

Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Moebius at Fondation Cartier, Paris

by Suzanne on January 28th, 2011

© Moebius (animator unknown), hosted by Tumblr, via Same Hat! - click to enlarge

I believe that certain people are simply too epic for (introductory) words so let's skip to the end: There's a Moebius a.k.a. Gir a.k.a. Jean Giraud exhibition going on at Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris until March 13.

There's a series of Moebius-related events still taking place called Nomadic Nights but because their entire website is in Flash, you will need to go find the details yourself.


Illustration from Angel Claw by Moebius - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 12, 2010 - Mar 13, 2011

Address: Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, 261 bd Raspail, 75014 Paris, France, tel: 01

Hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 8 PM

Admission: €8.50

Press release

Artist's website

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.