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Max Klinger at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, and OH MAH GAWD IS SHE BACK OR WAT

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2012

An die Schönheit; Vom Tode Zweiter Teil by Max Klinger, etching, 1890, courtesy V&A London - click to enlarge

Hi. I guess I'm back. Let's see whether I can still werq dis blog, yo.

In case you were wondering, I've been mainly hanging out over on FB (yes, yes, I know... stop looking at me like that - it just so happens that most of my online contacts are over there and it's just been too convenient to stay in touch). Anyway, just like most other anti-social online platforms, I'm using FB in a very unusual and actually useful way so if you care about getting a more daily dose of Wurzeltod®, you can subscribe to its public updates.

I'll try to do a better job at mirroring my FB posts to my Twitter like I used to do in the past for all those of you who rightly boycott FB, but let's face it, it's just not in my nature to ever be concise enough to tweet successfully.

I have also fed the forum with loads of new content, so go check it out and please note that a lot of the posts are NSFW. I can highly recommend the Symbiosis/Parasitism/Mutual Decay, the Eros & Thanatos as well as the Eyeballs thread. They make me happy. Yes they do.

Flickr update is also imminent, btw, maybe this news is of interest to those of you who still mainly remember me for sporting industrial insulation tape on nipples and other shit we used to do on Fotolog in the early noughties for reasons I now ABSOLUTELY cannot remember.

NEVER MIND.. on to more important matters now: Art that doesn't suck. We'll start with painter, sculptor and engraver genius Max Klinger.

Brahmsphantasie, Opus XII: Abduction of Prometheus by Max Klinger, etching, 1894 - click to enlarge

Max Klinger. We had him here back in 2008 with two examples from his magnificent dream-inspired Paraphrases about the Finding of a Glove series from 1881.

Now the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg is presenting a vast range of his engravings in a show called Max Klinger - The Theatre of the Bizarre which, as the title suggests, hopes to focus on how Klinger was forever driven by dream imagery and the relentless search for ways to visualise the cryptic, the elusive, the primordial, the eldritch, the uncharted, the subconscious.

Strasbourg hasn't sent me the press login through yet but with the museum's graphic arts room housing nearly 200 of Klinger's engravings, I can guarantee you that you will find some fantastic oneiric trouvailles at this retrospective.

Details below.

Rettungen Ovidischer Opfer, Opus II: Erstes Intermezzo by Max Klinger, etching, courtesy British Museum London - click to enlarge

On show: May 15 - Sep 16, 2012

Address: Museum of Modern and contemporary Art (MAMC), 1, place Hans Jean Arp, Strasbourg, France, tel: +33 (0)3 88 23 31 31 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: €7

Press release

WurzelForum discussion

Dr. Paul Koudounaris' "Empire of Death" at La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles

by Suzanne on September 18th, 2011

St. Pancratius, Wil, Switzerland by Dr. Paul Koudounaris - click to enlarge

Back in June this year, I suggested Paul Koudounaris' ForteanTimes article Bones with Bling - The amazing jewelled skeletons of Europe for reading and those of you who followed my order friendly invitation will be very familiar with the topic discussed here, indeed with most of the image material as well.

If we go even further back, to June 2009, some very eager WurzelForum® members might remember an article entitled Sisterhood of the Skulls about the Neapolitan caves where a cult of old women "adopt" human skulls which was also written by the great Mr Koudounaris.

The remains of St Maximus, Basilica of Waldsassen by Dr. Paul Koudounaris - click to enlarge

For the past few years, Paul Koudounaris has been traveling to churches, crypta and catacombs around the world to compile a comprehensive study of vanitas rites and memento mori decorations of our collective religiously morbid past.

In October, his efforts will be published by Thames & Hudson in a beautiful tome containing 250 full-color and 50 black-and-white photographs entitled Emipre of Death - A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses and this coming Saturday, Sep 24, Hollywood's La Luz de Jesus gallery is holding an opening reception and book signing with the artist. A bit far away from the majority of subjects of his studies, but OH WELL, we Europeans can't have everything - after all, we got most of the actual relics, so we still totally win all the way. Details below.

If you're on the East Coast and near New York, you might want to wait until October 13, when Paul will be giving a lecture at The Observatory Room and sign his monograph in an event organised by the great Joanna of Morbid Anatomy.

Holy Martyr Theodosius, Waldsassen by Dr. Paul Koudounaris - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Sep 24, 7 - 10 PM - includes book signing

On show: Sep 24 - Oct 3, 2011

Address: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA, tel: 323-666-7667, email: info@laluzdejesus.com

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11 AM - 7 PM, Thu - Sat: 11 AM - 9 PM, Sun: 12 - 6 PM

Preview & press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Jared Joslin's "Stop, Look & Glisten" at Firecat Projects, Chicago

by Suzanne on May 24th, 2011

Black Mask by Jared Joslin, oil on canvas, 2010

I guess I have always been a sucker for a masked beauty and my friend Jared Joslin really does seem to share this affliction, in fact, his circomania has so irreversibly progressed that I sometimes wonder whether he is a technicolor cast member of Freaks who time-travelled into the future to share his observations and obsessions with us.

If you're in Chicago between now and mid-June, you have a chance to find out for yourself at his Stop, Look & Glisten solo show at Firecat Projects.

The show has already opened but the official reception isn't until this coming Friday. More details below.

Opening reception: May 27, 2011, 7 - 10 PM

On show: May 23 - June 18, 2011

Address: Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, USA, tel: 773.342.5381

Gallery hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM

Artist's website

Jared Joslin on the WurzelForum®

Featured artists, ArtNerd memberships & how to get in touch (don't)

by Suzanne on May 18th, 2011

Just a quick note to let you know that I finally got a chance to update the featured artists section and it's now linked directly from the header for easier access - giving you an overview of what I've featured here over the years (minus the posts I forgot to tag/before tags were invented, blergh). Well done if you can find yourself on the list!

There's also a lot of new stuff on the forum and I would like to draw attention to two things, mainly the idea of a book and movie club.

Also new are Eyeballs and Political Comics and Symbiosis is fast becoming the new Cephalopoda Erotica & Vatican Pin-Up & Holy Fashion thread.

ArtNerd is still accepting memberships and in case you want to get in touch with me in any way, the sidebar always tells you how but I know that lots of you are getting this via RSS, so here's how:


Please note that email will take the most patience, that I use Facebook mainly for rants, Twitter for x-posts and Flickr and Last.Fm are only updated every other apocalypse. So BASICALLY, leave me alone! ^____^

Kris Lewis at David B Smith Gallery, Denver

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011

Clock Watching by Kris Lewis, oil on canvas - click to enlarge


... and other delectable things by Kris Lewis (previously featured here and here) coming to Denver's David B Smith Gallery next week.

And here goes our shortest blog post ever. Yay!

Opening reception: May 20, 2011, 7 - 10 PM, Kris will be in attendance

On show: May 20 - Jun 18, 2011

Address: David B Smith Gallery, 1543 A Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA, tel: 303.893.4234, email: info@davidbsmithgallery.com

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM, or by appointment


Artist's website

Kris Lewis on the WurzelForum: i | ii

Ryan McGinley at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on April 1st, 2011

Taylor (Snakes) by Ryan McGinley, 2011 - click to enlarge

Yes, Ryan McGinley. Quite possibly the only good thing to ever emerge from the VICE factory and the only artist I temporarily lift the VICE ban for.

The thing is, however much the art hater in me is trying to dislike his oeuvre, I find that I simply can't and that means that he must be doing SOMETHING right, right? Right.

He undoubtedly put a sense of poetry, longing, romanticism, joyful eroticism, intoxicated lucidity and authenticity in a genre that's usually dominated by pretense, cliché, repetition and neo-pagan new-age hipsterdom bullshit.

India (Coyote) by Ryan McGinley, 2010 - click to enlarge

His otherworldly Moonmilk series has proven to be particularly... shall we say... inspirational to the generic witchhouse photographers and still has a strong resonance two years on while I personally think that he's at his best when he combines man with epic animal or with sceneries of outstanding natural beauty.

And yes, don't get me wrong, I too wish those kids would put some bloody clothes on, but I guess that just means I'm getting old.

Anyways, Ryan is going to show photographic pieces from his Somewhere Place series at Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam. The show is due to open next week. Details below.

Amanda (Falling Leaves) by Ryan McGinley, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Sat, Apr 9, 5 - 7.30 PM

On show: Apr 9 - May 14, 2011

Address: Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Elandsgracht 34, 1016 TW, Amsterdam, UK, tel: +31 (0)20 78 55 146, email: gallery@gabrielrolt.com | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 PM, or by appointment

Press release | Preview

Artist's website

Ryan McGinley on the WurzelForum®

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Fuco Ueda's "Lucid Dream" at Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo

by Suzanne on January 14th, 2011

Symbiosis 5 by Fuco Ueda, acrylic & shell powder on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

Fuco Ueda emailed me the other day about her upcoming exhibition in Tokyo this February. It's a bit premature, but hell knows, maybe you want to plan a trip there (I wouldn't blame you), so I'll post early.

To mark the publication of her art book Lucid Dream, Bunkamura Gallery has given her the opportunity to exhibit a selection of her oeuvre from the past few years in a solo show carrying the same title as the monograph.

Dream Passage by Fuco Ueda, acrylic & shell powder on canvas, 2008

Ranging from her early 2k works that were - despite the jolly pastel colours and kawaii protagonists - of a more auto-aggressive, sado-masochistic, darkly mythological and abysmal nature (lots of razor blades, strangulations, incarceration, isolation, badly healed animal-human hybrids, pyromaniacs, child pregnancy.... NICE!), to her more recent works that show an obsession with the ideas of symbiosis, fungi, sweets and saliva plus with the random cephalopod and eel still present, I can safely say that this show will provide enough eye candy for everyone.

The Dream That I Watched Sometime by Fuco Ueda, acrylic & modelling paste on canvas, 2004 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Feb 5, 2011, 6 PM

On show: Feb 2 - Feb 13, 2011

Address: Bunkamura Gallery, 2- 24-1 Dougenzaka Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, tel: 03-3477-9174

Hours: 10 AM - 7.30 PM

Press release | Flyer

Purchase Lucid Dreams monograph

Artist's website

Fuco Ueda on the WurzelForum I II

In other spastically colourful news...

i) Why not colour in this Julian Assange picture book over the weekend? (thanks, klav!)

ii) Congratulations to Elmgreen & Dragset for winning next year's Forth Plinth commission with Powerless Structures, Fig. 101. It's reassuring to know that Olympic tourists will get to see subventioned borderline child pr0n. I guess. (¬_¬)

Nicoz Balboa's "Magical Mystery Wood" at Fabrica Fluxus, Bari, Italy

by Suzanne on January 7th, 2011

Lady of the Sea by Nicoz Balboa - click to enlarge

There's something about Nicoz Balboa's obsession with distorting collective childhood dreams by adding pregnant bellies, mermaid tails, leaky nipples, stigmata and fetish masks to her protagonists that lets her oeuvre transcend its apparent naïvety to something a bit more Henry Dargeresque:

"Nature lives and protects and the little girls can decide to love, kill, or die."

- Nicoz Balboa

Down By The Water by Nicoz Balboa - click to enlarge

Her Magical Mystery Wood solo exhibition (I know... an uninspired title that's only surpassed by this dreadful Danny Elfmanesque teaser for the show...) is still on show at Fabrica Fluxus in Bari, Italy until January 11, 2011. Further information below.

Watch out for the odd opening hours!

On show: Dec 11, 2010 - Jan 11, 2011

Address: Fabrica Fluxus, Art Gallery, via Celentano, 39, Bari, Italy, tel: +39 080.5236319 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed / Sat: 11 AM - 1 PM, 5.30 - 8.30 PM

Preview show | Teaser video | Flyer

Nicoz Balboa on the WurzelForum I, II, III

Artist's website

Peggy Kouroumalos' complete "Ferine" series online

by Suzanne on January 7th, 2011

The Sacrifice by Peggy Kouroumalos, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Toronto-born and Leipzig-based Peggy Kouroumalos belongs to that special breed of artists I like the most: The hermetically quiet ones who are rarely to be found on the interwebs but work all the harder and resurface when you least expect them to show you something truly magnificent and unique.

The other day, Peggy posted the complete Ferine series which, although exhibited the previous year in its entirety at Toronto's Christopher Cutts Gallery, has never been revealed online before.

The Trick by Peggy Kouroumalos, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Please click here to see the series or here to discuss Peggy's work on the WurzelForum.

Do Nerds Dream of Polished Gynoids?

by Suzanne on December 29th, 2010

Gynoid/Skull Session I by Hajime Sorayama - click to enlarge

Ah, the ultimate nerd exhibition... nerdibition... hails from ze future!

2011 will be the year Hajime Sorayama finally gets his well-deserved retrospective looking back at an artistic career spanning over four decades.

There will be signature works from Sorayama's four main genres of artistic endeavour: Pin-ups, Myth & Fantasy, Robots & Gynoids, Erotic & Fetish.

Despite not being the biggest fan of the former two, I've been following and admiring Sorayama's contribution to the latter from a very early... probably too early... age and it is my great hope that this exhibition will become a travelling show for us robot deprived Europeans to get to see it too.

Gynoid by Hajime Sorayama - click to enlarge

Gering & López are pretty slow at releasing information and there are no precise exhibition dates up yet so I assume it's best you put yourself on their mailing list if you don't want to miss the reception.

On show: Jan - Feb, 2011

Address: Gering & López Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, New York, NY 10019, tel: 646 336 7183

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Artist's website | Sorayama books