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Julie Heffernan's "Infinite Work in Progress" at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

by Suzanne on March 2nd, 2012

Self Portrait as Post Script by Julie Heffernan, 2007, oil on canvas, 67 x 56 inches - click to enlarge

Announcements of new Heffernan shows (thank you, Phantasmaphile!) are always a good excuse for me to go for a dive in the endless pool of her archived works - and realise that Booty (see image above and below) remains my favourite series to date.

And although I'm not entirely sure which of her flora-and-fauntastical self-portraits will be on show at the Infinite Work in Progress solo show, the well-chosen title and the fact that there's over 20 works on display both suggest that the probability that you'll get to see something from the Booty series is mathematically speaking relatively high.

I know I normally tend to post free exhibitions here but yes, I would still say that it's worth the $12 (OUCH, Y THOUGH?!) admission fee.

Details below.

Self Portrait as Spill by Julie Heffernan, 2007, oil on canvas, 68 x 60 inches - click to enlarge

On show: Feb 16 - May 13, 2012

Address: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA, tel: (405) 236-3100 or (800) 579-9ART, email: info@okcmoa.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Admission: $12

Press release

WurzelForum discussion

Felicity Powell's "Charmed Life - The Solace of Objects" at Wellcome Collection, London

by Suzanne on October 15th, 2011

© Felicity Powell, wax on back of mirror - click to enlarge (slightly)

As part of the Wellcome Collection's Miracles & Charms exhibition exploring objects of faith, hope and chance, artist, miniature sculptor and medal-maker Felicity Powell has been invited to enchant us with her vision of the Charmed Life by breathing new life into 400 carefully selected amulets from Henry Wellcome's collection - presented alongside her own mythological works.

Powell is a bit of an elusive one and information about her scarce on the web which is why I'm all the more excited to finally be given the chance to see her work in London.

Skull by Felicity Powell, wax on back of mirror, 2009 - click to enlarge (slightly)

The wonderfully bright and eloquent art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon once said about her work:

"[...] a series of astonishingly virtuoso, utterly compelling and haunting miniature bas-reliefs on the theme of strange Ovidian metamorphoses – human heads that are turning into outcrops of coral, figures shape-shifting into trees, or octopi, faces wreathed in snakes. Worked, with wondrous subtlety, from white wax on dark mirror glass, each one is a miracle of ingenuity."

Well there... he said it, the word I'm always afraid to use, "miracle", and he embedded it in a correct and justified context. Because watching Felicity create her works is truly that: Absolutely miraculous.

Charmed Life is part of the Miracles & Charms season and will remain on show until the end of February 2012.

Also on show at the Wellcome is Infinitas Gracias - a grand display of over 100 Mexican votive paintings.

Further details below.

© Felicity Powell, wax on back of mirror - click to enlarge (slightly)

On show: Oct 6, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012

Address: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK, tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222, email: info@wellcomecollection.org | Map & Directions

Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM, Thu: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM

Admission: FREE

Miracles & Charms | Charmed Life

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Fuco Ueda at AKI Gallery, Taipei

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011

Drawing 6 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

If you happen to be in Taipei, I'm glad to report that Fuco Ueda - queen of seductively slurping eels and erotically dripping honeycombs - is currently one half of a show taking place at AKI Gallery.

The show's title is Red & Blue and I'm just assuming she's Blue. I guess.

I was particularly excited to see her new drawings being on display - proof, if it were ever needed, that she does really excel in many media and formats.

I'm a bit confused by the exhibition being listed as "private" - this could just be a translation error but please do check with the gallery via email before visiting.

Details below.

Drawing 1 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

On show: Sep 10 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: AKI Gallery, 141 Min Tsu W. Road, Taipei 103-69, Taiwan, tel: 886-2-2599-1171, email: aki.taiwan@akigallery.com.tw


Artist's website

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Closing reminder: Claire Partington's "Voyage Extraordinaires" at James Freeman, London

by Suzanne on June 29th, 2011

Nightnight by Claire Partington, earthenware figure, 47 x 36 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

With young porcelain art currently being all the hype, it's become somewhat difficult to find your niche as a ceramic artist.

Basically, Shary Boyle owns the witchy. Harma Heikens owns the social taboo and Charles Krafft the political. Barnaby Barford owns white trash, Jessica Harrison seppuku and Kate MacDowell symbiosis.

All at Sea by Claire Partington, earthenware figure with interchangeable heads, 58 x 56 x 17 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

So what about Claire Partington? Well, it seems her niche is "interchangeable-heads-and -extremely-wide-panniers".

Well, I, for one, am relieved I have finally classified all of that.

If you're in London, you can see Partington's work from the Voyage Extraordinaires series at James Freeman Gallery until tomorrow evening - she's exhibiting alongside Sam Branton.

I suggest you check it out if you're near Angel.

Details below.

All at Sea by Claire Partington, earthenware figure with interchangeable heads, 58 x 56 x 17 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

On show: Jun 2 - 30, 2011

Address: James Freeman Gallery, 354 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0PD, United Kingdom, tel: +44(0)20 7226 3300, email: info@jamesfreemangallery.com | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6.30 PM

Exhibited works | Press release

Artist's website

Hideaki Kawashima at Richard Heller, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on May 6th, 2011

To be blatantly honest with you, I'm mainly posting this announcement because I deplore the evolution from something as inspired, beautiful and ornamental as this:

Nirvana by Hideaki Kawashima, acrylic on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

... to this...

Cool by Hideaki Kawashima, acrylic on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Yes, I would pull an angsty face too knowing that I've given in to a Mark Rydenised version of Superflat to woo the American art consumer when I actually have lots of obvious and very remarkable talent.

Still, it might just be a phase and I bet it's all a deep satire so complex that my mind simply doesn't GET IT, but at any rate, if, like myself, you prefer the former, check out Hideaki Kawashima's earlier work here at Tomio Koyama, if you prefer the latter, then by all means, do go see his Turning solo show opening tomorrow evening at Richard Heller in Santa Monica. FINE!

Opening reception: May 7, 2011, 4 - 6 PM

On show: May 7 - Jun 14, 2011

Address: Richard Heller Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, B-5A, Santa Monica, California, 90404, USA, tel: 310-453-9191, email: hellergallery@verizon.net

Gallery hours: Good question! I suggest you email the gallery: hellergallery@verizon.net


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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

Kate MacDowell at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Florida

by Suzanne on March 10th, 2011

Sparrow by Kate MacDowell, hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 2008 - click to enlarge

Uhmm.. I assume/hope/pray that the exhibition title for this show is mildly ironic - otherwise I'd be seriously scared:

Florida Souvenirs - Sand, Surf & Sin in the Sunshine State presents three works by porcelain artist extraordinaire Kate MacDowell: Gun Shy, Entangled (below) and Queen of Denial.

The exhibition opens this Saturday and there's an artist talk at 6 PM prior to the public reception at 6.30 PM. Details below.

Entangled by Kate MacDowell, hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, March 12, 6 PM (artist talk), 6.30 PM (public opening)

On show: Mar 12 - Apr 30, 2011

Address: Mindy Solomon Gallery, 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Florida, USA, tel: 727.502.0852

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 11 AM - 5 PM and Tue by appointment


Artist's website

London's Grant Museum Re-opens!

by Suzanne on March 8th, 2011

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL by Matt Clayton - via Wired - click to enlarge

One of my favourite places in this rotten city and the only remaining university zoological museum in London, Robert Edmond Grant's Grant Museum will finally, finally re-open its doors after a 8-month relocation and reorganising process. Saying that I'm excited is a massive understatement.

Founded in 1828, the museum now contains 68,000 specimens - skeletal remains, taxidermied and formaldehyde-preserved creatures.

I myself am the proud adoptive parent of a Blaschka glass octopus thanks to the museum's amazing sponsorship scheme that lets you adopt a specimen.

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL by Matt Clayton - via Wired - click to enlarge

The museum will re-open in a former Edwardian library on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 1 - 8 PM at the following location:

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building
University College London
21 University Street
London WC1E 6DE
Tel: 020 3108 2052
Email: zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk
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Admission is free and since it's open until 8 PM you have no excuse to miss this - particularly if you've never been to the Grant at its old location.

And if this all wasn't great news enough, the remains of a dodo have been found while moving into the new home.

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:

Inka Essenhigh at Pace Prints, New York

by Suzanne on March 1st, 2011

Green Goddess II by Inka Essenhigh, oil on canvas, 2009 - click to enlarge

Inka Essenhigh whose works are of great mythological subtlety and fluidity announced that she will have a solo show at Pace Prints Chelsea opening this Friday.

Sadly, no press release or preview has gone live on their website yet so please do check back there if you're planning to attend.

On show: Mar 4 - April 9, 2011

Address: Pace Prints Chelsea, 521 West 26th Street, Third Floor, New York City 10001, USA, tel: 212.629.6100

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Artist's website