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Kazuhiko Nakamura's "Atoma" - An Homage To Astro Boy

by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2011

Atoma by Kazuhiko Nakamura, 2011 - click to enlarge

And while we're doing breathtaking one-image features, here's Kazuhiko Nakamura's brand new piece Atoma - a spectacular homage to Osamu Tezuka's iconic Tetsuwan Atomu - yes, you could tell by looking at Atoma's hair... err... spirals, couldn't you?

As the artist himself puts it, it's a "biomechanical Astro Boy" so if I read any mentions of "steampunk" in the discussion thread, your comment will be glue gunned and your IP stuck to a cog and sold on Etsy. Cause that's what happens with steampunk. Yes.

If you happen to be Facebook friends with Kazuhiko, you can see in-progress pictures of Atoma here.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

Alex CF looking for UK group show co-conspirators!

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Vampiric Anatomical Biological Research Case by Alex CF, 2010

Exciting news from Alex CF - master of many dead things in jars: He's planning to do a small London group show and is currently looking for like-minded artists/creators/collectors who are interested in collaborating on such an event.

"I am seeking creators of things, collectors, makers for a small exhibition. London based, maybe east."

- Alex CF

L’enfant Diabolique by Alex CF, 2010

All I can say is that Alex CF's London solo show in June 2010 - that I had the great pleasure co-organising - blew people's minds and left many scarred for life. And that's precisely what a good show SHOULD achieve.

This is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the very best in cryptozoological creature art so please do get in touch with him either on his blog or by email at alex.cf(at)hotmail.co.uk if you have what it takes.

And while we're at it, make sure to also check out Alex's new illustration blog Blackmonger with beautiful illustrations for his new band Light Bearer amongst others, as well as his ever growing Encyclopædia Obscura - a fortean Alex CF almanac of epic proportions.

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

Kahn & Selesnick at Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C.

by Suzanne on January 14th, 2011

Adrift on the Hourglass Sea (detail) by Kahn & Selesnick, 2010 - click to enlarge

Those who have been faithful servants to the WurzelEmpire® since the early days of 2004 will remember that both the website and forum featured a header based on Kahn & Selesnick's absolutely mind-boggling, retro-futuristic Apollo Prophecies series back then.

Needless to say that I've been following what the pair have been up to since then and I'm glad to report that they are currently part of a very fascinating and eclectic group show entitled Saturnalia that's currently underway at Irvine Contemporary in Washington; also featuring the work of the fantastic Melissa Ichiuji - just in case you're not familiar with her yet.

Details below.

Abandoned Oxygen Field (detail) by Kahn & Selesnick, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2011

Featured artists: Teo González, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Akemi Maegawa, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, and Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick.

Address: Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA, tel: 202-332-8767 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM (and by appointment)

Press release

Artists' website

"Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Alex CF" at Superette Gallery, London

by Suzanne on May 12th, 2010

Brace yourselves for an epic series of global exhibition announcements. We start with this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England where David Cameron and Nick Clegg are currently trying to convince us that they're not actually alien androids but BFF. We'll then move on to see what's going on in Germany and France and end our little journey through the arts in the New World.

L’enfant Diabolique by Alex CF, mixed media, 2010 – click to enlarge

First up is my partner in crime Alex CF's first solo show entitled Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Alex CF.

The exhibition will take place at the Superette Gallery just off Brick Lane from May 27 - June 2, 2010.

Werewolf Anatomical Research Case by Alex CF, mixed media, 2008 – click to enlarge

Alex will be in attendance throughout the show and sign his monograph at the opening reception. I will mainly try to look existential and starved cause that's what people generally seem to do in Brick Lane.

Anyhow, do come along and bring your friends, rats, pickled brains, hangovers and exaggerated praise!

Public opening reception: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6 - 9 PM | RSVP

On show: May 27 - June 2, 2010

Address: Superette Gallery, 66A Sclater Street, Off Brick Lane, London, E1 6HR, UK | Map

Sneak preview | Press release | Flyer

Artist's website

I should wear more white.

by Suzanne on March 19th, 2010

The White Wurzel Queen (well, that's what I'll call it anyway!) by Lotekk, 2010 - click to enlarge

Thanks, Lotekk. This definitely creeped the living shit out of me on my daily unsuspecting journey through my RSS feeds. o_O

Shame (but no surprise) it's such a disgrace of a movie and even WORSE, the guy at the Barbican wanted the 3D glasses back. Pffft.

P.S.: These even look like my hands, but I cannot recall ever having taken a picture of my hands. Where the hell did you source them from?! I have my bare paws floating around on the interwebs?! PARAAANOOOIAAAA! O_o

Doc, you'd better back up!

by Suzanne on November 21st, 2008

Once again, David Malki has gone completely, ingeniously mad with caricaturistic power and created a few delightful variations on one of my favourite movie themes ever.

But see for yourself:

All images © David Malki

Noxious Fumes at Rivet Gallery, Columbus

by Suzanne on October 3rd, 2008

Evil Last by Brian Viveros - click for details/larger version

Okay, I admit it right away: The painting posted above won't be on show at Noxious Fumes - a postapocalyptic, gasmask themed group show opening at Rivet Gallery tomorrow - but I needed a contextual excuse to post it because I think it's Brian's finest work.

However, Brian Viveros will indeed exhibit at the show - alongside such great artists as Chris Peters, Tin, Kathie Olivas, Chet Zar, Annie Owens, Davey Wong & Doktor A. Woohooo!

I don't know why I just said woohooo! - my face looks terribly silly when I say that. o_O

Opening: Tomorrow, October 4, 2008, 7 - 10 PM

On show: October 4 - 29, 2008

Address: Rivet, 1200 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201, USA

Preview works

Artist's website