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"Panacea", A New Chris Conn Askew Print & MonsterBrains Honours Virgil Finlay

by Suzanne on August 29th, 2011

Panacea by Chris Conn Askew - click to enlarge

My incredibly talented and anachronistically noble friend Chris Conn Askew has a gorgeous new print available. His limited editions normally sell out really fast, cause you know, who doesn't want a lusciously curly lady with velvety puff sleeves and cat scratches on her cheek sitting in a lower jaw hanging on their walls? EXACTLY.

Panacea is a giclee print on 180gsm Hahnemühle paper, signed and numbered by the master and comes in two different sizes at 8”x10” (20x25cm) for $60 and at 14”x18” (36x46cm) for $100. Shipping is an additional $10 to anywhere in this solar system. How cool is that? VERY! Each size is strictly limited to a single edition of 250.

Needless to say that compared to what his prints tend to sell for once they've sold out, that's a fucking steal, children.

Read CC's post here on how to secure yourself a print.

I know it's one of the weirder compliments to give, but whenever I get absorbed by the ancient symbolism of Askew's art, I just cannot help thinking that had he been alive during the times of Dr. Robert Ley, he would have doubtlessly been asked to be Hauptlayouter of the Organizationsbuch der NSDAP. God, I'm truly shit at compliments, but I know he'll get it...

In other retina-tickling news, the obsessive-compulsive Aeron Alfrey of MonsterBrains fame has posted THE absolute Virgil Finlay überpost - one that even the Great Old Ones will enjoy.

© Virgil Finlay, via MonsterBrains - click to enlarge

Julie Heffernan in San Francisco & Alex CF's limited edition of "Many Dead Things"

by Suzanne on August 28th, 2011

Budding Boy by Julie Heffernan, oil on canvas, 78 x 56 inches, 2010 - click to enlarge

This coming Saturday, September 3, Julie Heffernan's highly anticipated solo show Boy O Boy II will be opening at Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, San Francisco.

Since it's totally impossible to notice the subtleties, the intricate microcosms (see for instance the tiny ladder in Budding Boy bottom left), the cultivated pastoral or the symbiotic opulence which are all so very essential to Julie's work in an online reproduction, I would highly recommend you to go see Boy O Boy II in person if you happen to be in S.F..

The official reception is actually not until September 10, 4 - 7 PM. The exhibition will remain on show until October 29, 2011.

© Alex CF

Good news just reached us from Alex CF HQ: Alex's acclaimed debut monograph Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Lord Merrylin will be released as a new edition. Click here for more details and here to pre-order your own copy.

The release is limited to 100 copies only - each of them signed - containing 140 pages of glorious cryptozoology, a foreword by the great Reece Shearsmith from League of Gentlemen and costs £30.

Finally, and for absolutely no reason other than CAUSE I FUCKING CAN, please enjoy these fabulous horror GIFs that were brought to my attention by the SameHat Tumblr. If you happen to have any information on their source and/or creator, please do get in touch.

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House of Beasts at Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK

by Suzanne on August 1st, 2011

1 - Evacuate by Kate MccGwire, bird feathers coming out of pot - click to enlarge

When news reached me a month ago that Meadow Arts were curating a year-long site-specific group show of taxidermy, sculpture and installation art entitled House of Beasts at the breathtaking Attingham Park in Shrewsbury (Charles Darwin's birthplace - how perfect!), I knew that there was still hope that the Elder Gods can indeed hear our prayers and pleas for great art exhibitions in the UK and do receive our sacrifices.

2 - Foreground: Untitled (Sphere) by Alastair Mackie, mouse skulls, wood, glass, courtesy the artist and All Visual Arts / Background: Herd by Susie MacMurray, cut antlers, silk velvet, Meadow Arts Commission 2011 - click to enlarge

House of Beasts is way more than land-art meets Wunderkammer though - Meadow Arts have managed to create a surreal fictional space where taxidermy becomes alive and sculpture becomes organic.

3 - Refuge by Nina Saunders, taxidermy fox, upholstered armchair, courtesy David Roberts Collection - click to enlarge - click here for detail

Where Nina Saunders' little fox (picture 3) just stretched its paws and yawned, where Tessa Farmer's insect warriors battle fearlessly with their porcupine spine spears, where Daphne Wright's swan (picture 7) is drying its feathers after an invigorating swim in the River Tern, where Polly Morgan's magpie (picture 5) just picked up the phone, where Kate MccGwire's leech-like feather blob (picture 1) is spooking and creeping around the house like it's trapped in some Edward Gorey book or Ray Caesar artwork.

4 - Chandelier (Katy’s Convoy) by Nina Saunders, chandelier with taxidermy birds, courtesy the artist - click to enlarge

I've had a long love and passion for artists combining bone and filigree with taxidermy, so I immediately knew this would work perfectly at an old manor house like Attingham Park but when I saw the line-up of artists, I did need to reach for the smelling salts, it is that amazing.

5 - One for Sorrow by Polly Morgan, bakelite telephone and taxidermy magpie, courtesy the artist - click to enlarge

Featured artists include:

*INHALES* Ruth Claxton, Mat Collishaw, Tessa Farmer, Rachel Goodyear, Kathleen Herbert, Alastair Mackie, Susie MacMurray, Kate MccGwire, Polly Morgan, Nina Saunders, Anj Smith, Daphne Wright *EXHALES*.

6 - The Beast in Me by Mat Collishaw, digital photograph, courtesy Anne Faggionato - click to enlarge

Yeah, I know, right? A plethora of reasons to drag yourself to Shropshire before mid-July 2012. Details below.

Many thanks to Anne de Charmant, director of Meadow Arts for the in-situ image material.

7 - Swan by Daphne Wright, cast marble dust, Meadow Arts Commission 2007 - click to enlarge

On show: Jul 2, 2011 - Jul 15, 2012

Address: House of Beasts at Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP, tel: 01743 708123 (INFOLINE), email: attingham@nationaltrust.org.uk | Exhibition map

Press release | Exhibition map

WurzelForum discussion

The Symbiotic and Alienated Works of Rachel Goodyear

by Suzanne on August 1st, 2011

Walking on Tiptoes (detail) by Rachel Goodyear, pencil and watercolour on paper, 30cm x 42cm, private collection, 2009 - click to enlarge

While researching image material for a blog post about one of the most spectacularly curated group shows in aeons - I will post about it later today - I re-discovered Rachel Goodyear's website and decided that she's really deserved her own post here because her images have been floating around on both the blog and forum for a while now.

Imaginary Friend (detail) by Rachel Goodyear, pencil and watercolour on paper, 30cm x 42cm, private collection, 2008 - click to enlarge

Born in 1978 in Oldham, Lancashire, Rachel studied fine arts in Leeds and now lives and works in Manchester. Although deliberately limiting herself to work in small scale with a strong focus on watercolour and pencil, she's an extremely accomplished artist who really can't seem to stop herself, judging by all the found material she draws on - from paper bags to envelopes.

Fawn with Hand by Rachel Goodyear, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 22cm x 22cm, collection of Bury Art Gallery and Museum, 2008 - click to enlarge

Strong recurring themes in Rachel's work are symbiosis, entomology, mycology, decomposition, masking & obscuring, injury & trauma (in a Pascal Bernier sense), alienation & hermeticism, attachment & conjoinedness... so basically, the sheer existence.

The Man in the Suit Is Unwell by Rachel Goodyear, pencil on paper, private collection, 2007 - click to enlarge

Dave Beech once said about her oeuvre:

"Nothing is at home in these works, as if the world had been tapped lightly and everything had stumbled into unfamiliar positions.”

Chin Strap from the Nature Notes series by Rachel Goodyear, pencil and watercolour on paper, 14cm x 21cm, Olbricht Collection, 2009 - click to enlarge

And 'tis very true indeed and I couldn't have found better words - particularly not in this ungodly heat.

So please have a look at her website and discover her vast portfolio with your own eyes.

From the Nature Notes series by Rachel Goodyear, pencil and watercolour on paper, 14cm x 21cm, Olbricht Collection, 2009 - click to enlarge

Ruth Marten at Hosfelt Gallery, NYC

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2011

Hirsute by Ruth Marten, ink on found print, 9"x 5 7/8", 2007 - click to enlarge

There are artists who rework old illustrations because a) they simply cannot be bothered to start from scratch or b) they have horror vacui when sitting in front of an empty glaring sheet and then, well then there is Ruth Marten.

Ruth Marten's works are way more than mere ready-mades or upcycled memorabilia - as an actual expert in putting a most haunting aura in found material she literally intervenes in the historic.

What makes her stand out is beyond doubt her technical excellence and her astonishing versatility - her Hair series will illustrate to you what I'm talking about. Is this skill set that puts her work right up there with the Chapman Brothers' 2003 reworks of Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra etchings in regards to twisted sense of humour, with Edward Gorey in regards to her whimsical melancholia and Heinrich Hoffmann in regards to educational shock.

Ruth is currently presenting slightly newer works than I'm showing here at the Hosfelt Gallery in a summer group show alongside Rachell Sumpter, Christopher Adams and Jeremy Stenger.

Please note that the exhibition has now been extended to August 5.

Zoophilia by Ruth Marten, ink on found print, 10 1/2" x 8", 2007 - click to enlarge

On show: Jun 23 - Aug 5, 2011

Address: Hosfelt Gallery, 531 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018, USA, tel: 212-563-5454, email: infony@hosfeltgallery.com | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM

Press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin at Crypt Gallery, London

by Suzanne on May 19th, 2011

UPDATE MAY 25, 2011: Here are a few installation images of the ISAM as well as her ongoing Nymphidia show at Danielle Arnaud taken from my Flickr (incl. 2 older photos of Tessa's work):

From the Little Savages series by Tessa Farmer, 2007 - click to enlarge

This sure sounds like a very promising audio-visual collaboration: Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin will be showing ISAM - Control over Nature in London and Paris.

Opening at St Pancras Church's amazing Crypt Gallery this coming week, Farmer's apocalyptic insect savages will provide the backdrop for Tobin's new soundscapes contained within his new album.

From their press release:

"The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ISAM: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things."

Ethereal photographs of Farmers's intricate work shot by Pelle Crepin will also feature in the limited edition booklet that's been released with Tobin's new album.

Audio-visual live performances of ISAM will be held throughout June in Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London. Please refer to the ISAM site for more information. Details of the London show below.

Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer 'ISAM: Control Over Nature' Preview from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

Opening reception: Wed, May 25, 2011, 6 - 9 PM

On show: May 26 - June 3, 2011

Address: Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA, tel: 020 7388 1461, email: info@cryptgallery.org.uk | Map

Gallery hours: 11 AM - 5 PM

Press release

Artist's website

Tessa Farmer on the WurzelForum®

... and in other visionary, sequential and plain heartbreaking news:

i) Check out Winnie Truong's amazing studies:

ii) Kindred spirit Lynn Kost is leaving Lucerne's Fumetto Comix Festival after 7 years - 5 of which directing it - and he will be greatly missed as he combined nerd-dom and connoisseurship like no other and I'm actually pretty devastated about this news. So long, Lynn... (,_,)

iii) Li-Wan and Guo Zhongfan both had a day they'll never forget...

Angela Singer, Suzanne Moxhay, Caitlin Hackett, Lindsey Carr et al. at Strychnin, Berlin

by Suzanne on May 4th, 2011

Vila of the Forest by Angela Singer, taxidermy deer, mixed media, crystals, ceramic flower leaves, 2011 - click to enlarge

One more for Berlin folks: Next Friday, a beautiful forest-themed show will be opening at Strychnin Gallery.

From the press release:

"In concordance with the United Nation's International Year of Forests, Strychnin Gallery presents 'The Enchanted Forest' an international charity group show curated by Yasha Young and Giovanni Cervi that is dedicated to the forests and their inhabitants all over the world.

The show should remind people of the drastic damage that is constantly done to our forests as well as their beauty, uniqueness and importance.

Many lovingly and elaborately crafted sculptures as well as paintings and photographs by over 30 international artists will display both the desolation of deforestation and the forest‘s magic and liveliness that we have to save.

10 percent of the price of every sold artwork will be donated to a project of the WWF!"

Feralis by Suzanne Moxhay, 2010 - click to enlarge

Exhibiting artists include: Mia Araujo, Caitlin Hackett (below), Tom Bagshaw, Lindsey Carr (bottom), Daniel van Nes, Lisa Black, Lost Fish, Angela Singer (top), Elmer Presslee, Suzanne Moxhay (above), and many more.

Insatiable by Caitlin Hackett, ballpoint pen, micron pen, ebony pencil, coloured pencil and water colour on paper - click to enlarge

What impresses me particularly about the line-up is the huge number of female artists including great young talents like Lindsey Carr (below) whose deep love and fascination for biology and painting are very visible in her extraordinary and forever growing symbiotic menagerie.

Ortus by Lindsey Carr, acrylic ink, watercolour & gold leaf on Arches, 2011 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: May 13, 2011, 8 PM

On show: Not sure. Check with gallery.

Address: Strychnin Gallery, Boxhagenerstr. 36, 10245 Berlin, Germany, tel.: +49 30 9700 2035

Gallery hours: Thu - Sun: 12 - 6 PM

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Bits and Pieces of Such Utter Randomness That You Might Want to Call a Nurse

by Suzanne on May 4th, 2011

Behold these news items of great importance and visual beauty that I found while clearing out my tabs...

Why make separate posts when you can squash everything together in one? EXACTLY!


Sculpture from Jessica Harrison's Breaking series, photo by Wurzeltod , 2011 - click to enlarge

I reported about her current London solo show here and I'm happy to say that Jealous Gallery allowed me to take pictures of her sculptures. You can find them over here on Flickr.


Heretics' Gate by Doug Foster/Unkle, photo by Wurzeltod , 2011 - click to enlarge

Last weekend, after my visit to Jealous, I took a stroll down Camden Road and ended up at the beautifully dilapidated St Michael's church where Doug Foster is currently showing his Heretics' Gate (music by UNKLE). Do check it out if you're near Camden.


Improvisation avec Lizzie by Féebrile, 2011 - click to enlarge (slightly)

.. and staying goff, I stumbled upon Féebrile's most gorgeous photo yet. It's entitled Improvisation avec Lizzie and it's one of the most painting-like photographs my eyes have ever seen. Such beauty.


Pharaoh Nophru ka by Alex CF, 2011 - click to enlarge (slightly)

Alex CF is on a creative roll. He's crafted his most astonishing mummy to date, Pharaoh Nophru ka, and is looking for people to collaborate on a new project:

"Over the next year I will be making my own interpretation of alice in wonderland. Call it trite, but I believe my take on this classic childrens books will be original enough to warrant its creation. I am making all of the practical effects myself, and I am slowly but surely roping in a number of friends to help me film, edit and produce the short. I am looking for anyone willing to help out, from location seeking to costume to acting.

Read on


Yes, he's back. The Elder Gods have heard our prayers.


Who's just released the one tarot deck that's literally going to kill all tarot decks? That's right, Le Dernier Cri and Olivier Texier have.

You can buy it here for ridiculously cheap €25.


Estelle Hanania shared this amazing video with the internets the other day and I thought you might like it too. Filmed by Simon Bernheim.


Shit title, great film. Go see it.

Patricia Piccinini at Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

by Suzanne on April 18th, 2011

Newborn by Patricia Piccinini, 2010, silicone, steel, human hair, possum felt - click to enlarge

It's been a while since we last had Patricia Piccinini's work featured here.

At any rate, for Australian readers, there's now finally a great chance to see some of her newest pieces (3 previously unseen sculptures) at Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide.

Her new show, Once Upon A Time, opened on Saturday and will remain on show until the end of June.

Bottom Feeder (rear view) by Patricia Piccinini, 2009, silicone, fiberglass, fox fur, steel - click to enlarge

The exhibition programme seems to be somewhat aimed at a younger audience - with lots of competitions and school holiday events planned - but there is also plenty of movie presentations and talks for more evolved hominoids who believe in contraception. Details here.

There's a special meet and greet event planned for May 14 at 12 PM with the artist speaking about her oeuvre and answering questions.

Oh, and here's your chance to see "The Gathering" again, in case you missed it:

On show: Apr 16 - Jun 26, 2011

Address: Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace , Adelaide SA 5000, AUS, tel: 61 8 8207 7000, email: agsainformation@artgallery.sa.gov.au

Gallery hours: Mon - Sun: 10 AM - 5 PM, or by appointment

Admission: $15 AUS

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