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Nicola Samori's "Imaginifragus" at Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

by Suzanne on October 31st, 2011


Installation view of Imaginifragus by Nicola Samori at Christian Ehrentraut, 2011 - click to enlarge

I normally don't post installation views of shows but in the case of Italian-born Nicola Samori's new exhibition Imaginifragus, I'll make an exception to this rule as the hanging and contextualisation really does do his oeuvre absolute justice (needless to say, it's worth enlarging these two pictures).

Imaginifragus is Nicola's first German solo exhibition at Christian Ehrentraut where he was part of a group show earlier this year.

Deconstructive nihilism and auto-aggressive existentialism never looked so technically impeccable and aesthetically pleasing.

The show opened last weekend and will remain on view until December 17. An etching in an edition of twelve (hurry!) has been released especially for this show. Contact Anne Kathrin Wegener at the gallery for further details.


Installation view of Imaginifragus by Nicola Samori at Christian Ehrentraut, 2011 - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 28 - Dec 17, 2011

Address: Christian Ehrentraut, Friedrichstr. 123, D-10117, Berlin, Germany, subway: Oranienburger Tor, tel: +49 30 44 03 83 85, email: mail@christianehrentraut.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

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Leopold Rabus & Rabus Family at Cueto Project, New York

by Suzanne on October 30th, 2011


Neige et Renard by Leopold Rabus, oil on canvas, 230 x 300 cm, 2007 - click to enlarge

From this coming Saturday onwards, Swiss Family Rabus will be presenting works by Papa Alex, Mama Renate, sons Till & Leopold in a family show entitled The Rabus Go West at Cueto Project in New York.

Artist families showing together is an extremely sweet thing and way too rare in this age, so even though I have no clear idea of what's going to be on show, rest assured that it will be a highly personal and emotional show that you shouldn't miss.

And look, aren't they just the cutest?!


Le Point d'Eau by Leopold Rabus, oil on canvas, 240 x 300 cm, 2008 - click to enlarge

My favourite of the bunch is obviously young Leopold Rabus from Neuchâtel - whom I featured here a couple of times in the past and whose artistic proficiency continues to amaze me with his Tauwetter aesthetic, his collapsed perspectives, his honest and so very non-Swiss look at filth, anatomy and degeneration, his Balzacian description of landscapes that look like eternal battlefields - forever picturesquely traumatised.

Details to The Rabus Go West below.


Veau en train de brouter (detail) by Leopold Rabus, oil on canvas, 240 x 300 cm, 2008 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 5, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 5 - 26, 2011

Address: Cueto Project, 551, West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, tel : + 1 212 229 2221, email: info@cuetoproject.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

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Joao Ruas' "Yore" at Thinkspace, Culver City

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011


The Two Tempting Heracles by Joao Ruas, graphite and watercolour on acetate and heavyweight paper, 2011 - click to enlarge

Been umming and ahhing whether I should announce this or not as I must honestly admit that, at least from what I've seen in the preview, some of the subtleties in the facial features seem a bit more rushed than usual and the Ruasesque obsession with suggestive gestures appears to be more in the background while more attention is focussed on layering of fabrics and hair. Which is not necessarily a negative thing but it's a bit omnipresent at the moment with Eric Fortune and Tran Nguyen moving in a somewhat similar direction.

Having said that, most of these works are still in progress and the piece above did convince me and has pretty much everything I'm looking for in a Ruas and some anatomical details are indeed rather breathtaking - like the ecstatic definition of the toes and the toning of the belly in this new piece here.

Yore opens this coming Saturday, November 5, at Thinkspace and will remain on view until November 26. Details below.

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 5, 2011, 5 - 8 PM, artist will be in attendance

On show: Nov 5 - 26, 2011

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: contact@thinkspacegallery.com

Hours: Wed - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat: 1 - 8 PM

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Christiana Soulou's "Les Enfants Terribles" at Sadie Coles, London

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011


© Christiana Soulou, courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles - click to enlarge

Born in the 1960s in Athens and educated in Paris, Greek artist Christiana Soulou will soon be presenting a selection of new works under the title Les Enfants Terribles - inspired by the 1929 novel of the same name by Jean Cocteau, I presume; no press release has surfaced yet - at London's Sadie Coles gallery.

There's a rather obvious seductive Hans Bellmer and playful Pierre Klossowski influence to what she does and every once in a while, some Rachel Goodyear poses come to mind.

It's obviously rather heartbreaking to view her work over the interwebs as her drawings are way too fragile and intricate - so if you're in London, do go check out Les Enfants Terribles at Sadie Coles where you can also pick up reasonably priced books about her work - one even written by the great Hans Ulrich Obrist. Gosh.

The show runs until December 21 . All details below.

Opening reception: Nov 2, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 2 - Dec 21, 2011

Address: Sadie Coles HQ, South Audley St, 69 South Audley Street, London W1K 2QZ, United Kingdom, email: info@sadiecoles.com, tel: +44 [0] 20 7493 8611 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

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Iwajla Klinke's "Crowns and Gladiola" at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011

Lots of announcements to post so I'll keep these all fairly short.


From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

This coming Friday, November 4, Iwajla Klinke will be opening her solo show Crowns and Gladiola at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen in Berlin.

On show will be a new series of works, but I decided to illustrate this post with one of her most powerful past series: Ritual Memories - for all those of you who are new to her haunting work.


From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

Crowns and Gladiola will investigate the following:

"The photographic portraits featured in “Crowns and Gladiola” take as their inspiration the Yona Wallach poem, “Jonathan,” in which the author imagines herself a young boy being slain by other children wielding gladiola as swords.

Here, Iwajla Klinke’s fascination with human ritual – previously explored through portraits of young male subjects adorned in arcane religious cloths – is expanded to explore cultural practices situated even further from the center of mainstream Occidental discourse.

Idylls from Wallach’s poem are interpreted almost literally in portraits of fencers; a series of models bearing bridal crowns evoke a not-so-distant time when girls of a similar age had their futures determined for them through arranged marriage."

You can read the full press release here. The show will remain on view until November 26. Details below.


From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

On show: Nov 5 - Nov 26, 2011

Address: Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Novalisstrasse 7, 10115 Berlin, Germany, email: info@galerielehtinen.com, tel: +49 (0)176 3240 6673 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

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Keiichi Tanaami's "Hop Step Jump" published by Nieves

by Suzanne on October 21st, 2011


Double page from Hop Step Jump by Keiichi Tanaami, published by Nieves, 32 pages, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, color offset, 2011 - click to enlarge

I guess I have expressed my huge love affair with the small(est) press and tiny publication houses/rooms/shoeboxes here often enough by posting about releases by My Dance The Skull, Shelter Press, Le Dernier Cri, Atem Books and obviously also the now sadly defunct Kaugummi Books and Les éditions derrière la salle de bains. And everyone I forgot.

A small publisher that's been around for a decade now releasing book after book and zine after zine is Zurich's Nieves. Their catalogue is really diverse and eclectic and they have their own iPhone app and they're an incredibly progressive and very driven bunch of people.

Why am I telling you all this? For mainly three reasons:

• Because a lot of small art zine publishers are struggling to survive due to a low-to-non-profit nature of their business and no-advertisement approach while doing highly important communication work for the visual arts. So they deserve your support.

• Art zines are often super cheap, a lot of them numbered and limited in edition size, lovingly produced - a lot of them screen-printed or printed on Risographs or Goccos, and they simply offer you so much more authenticity and genuinity than a glossy mag.

• Nieves has just released a little book on the art of Keiichi Tanaami and it's super tasty and psychedelic.


Double page from Hop Step Jump by Keiichi Tanaami, published by Nieves, 32 pages, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, color offset, 2011 - click to enlarge

Hop Step Jump is a fantastic visual journey through Keiichi Tanaami's memories and nightmares. Born in Tokyo in 1936, he absorbed the horrors and grotesquery of warfare from early childhood and later wrote about these experiences and how they affected his art:

“I was rushed away from my childhood, a time that should be filled with eating and playing, by the enigmatic monstrosity of war; my dreams were a vortex of fear and anxiety, anger and resignation. On the night of the air raid, I remember watching swarms of people flee from bald mountaintops. But then something occurs to me: was that moment real? Dream and reality are all mixed up in my memories, recorded permanently in this ambiguous way.”

You can preview the book here and purchase it here.

Nagi Noda at Creation Gallery G8, Tokyo

by Suzanne on October 20th, 2011


Nagi Noda, 1973 - 2008

Nagi Noda - the incredibly talented multi-genre artist, director, designer, fashion and hair visionary who died in the prime of her creative career three years ago is finally being honoured with a retrospective of her astonishingly diverse work in Tokyo, where she lived and worked.

Creation Gallery will be showing lots of previously unseen works and certainly some of her well-known animal haircuts/hats, superb photographs and some of her fantastically imaginative videos like Mariko Takahashi's Poodle Fitness Video which beyond doubt influenced such annoying obnoxious OKAY OKAY kinda cute things as this.

I've long forgiven her a rather obvious appropriation of Makoto Aida's work.

So if you're in Tokyo, do go down to Creation Gallery to celebrate the short sweet life and jubliant work of this stellar woman.

Sentimental Journey - Nagi Noda from FIBRA on Vimeo.

On show: Oct 18 - Nov 18, 2011

Address: Creation Gallery G8, Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg., 1F
8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8001, Japan | Map

Hours: Mon - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM

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Thanks for the reminder, Gestalten!

Mirka Lugosi's "Datura Park" at Galerie Chantiers BoîteNoire, Montpellier

by Suzanne on October 16th, 2011


© Mirka Lugosi, coloured pencil on paper, 58 x 78 cm, 2010 - click to enlarge

I assume that life is pretty sweet when your surname is Lugosi. If in addition, you possess some kickass graphite, ink, gouache and shading skills, you might really be Bela's granddaughter.

Muse to the great Gilles Berquet, Mirka Lugosi has clearly taken some of his approaches and motives on board but made up her very own distinctive language of visual storytelling.

Blending together a rather Helmut Newtonesque understanding of the female body, a love affair with Bellmeresque legscapes and Ruppertesque hair tornados, a ritualistic naivety and playful alchemy reminiscent of Marcel Dzama, she entraps us in a weirdly ravaged and thorny Jurassic landscape with phallic plants and rock formations, masochistically detailled anatomies, écorché dresses, gothic shrouds like Daniel Rabel was still walking amongst us and tight catsuits à la Les Vampires.

I know that all sounds pretty kaotic, but that's how it is, and I think if I had to summarise what Mirka's art is all about, I would tell you to go have a look at one of her earlier series, La Malaise Enchanté from 2002/03.


© Mirka Lugosi, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 43 x 31 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

According to the French press release, her show Datura Park features 20 recent and slightly older drawings and one installation piece:

"DATURA PARK propose un parcours en vingt dessins et une installation. Les paysages fétiches de l’artiste, l’évocation de la plante hallucinogène puissante et très toxique, parfois utilisée en fleur d’ornement sont au coeur de cette exposition."

For further reading, Mirka has some great books on offer on her own site - plus, you can also get her 80/90 book from the amazing Timeless Shop.

The show opened its doors earlier this month and will remain on view until shortly before Christmas.


© Mirka Lugosi, graphite and pigment ink on paper, 67 x 52 cm, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 6 - Dec 23, 2011

Address: Galerie Chantiers BoîteNoire, Hôtel Baudon de Mauny, 1 rue carbonnerie, F-34000 Montpellier, France, tel: +33(0) 6 8658 2562, email: info@leschantiersboitenoire.com

Hours: Wed - Sat: 3.30 - 7 PM

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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

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Akino Kondoh's "KiyaKiya" at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo

by Suzanne on October 14th, 2011


Waiting (sketch) by Akino Kondoh, pencil on gesso, mounted on canvas, 2008, 26 ×38 cm - click to enlarge

Oh, Akino Kondoh! There are only few artists who can cut us so softly yet viscerally with melancholy and dreamy childhood imagery like her.

There's a way she draws her bodies with enormous economy and minimalism in the line yet absolutely bursting with voluptuousness that her girls are always suggestively frivolous and provocatively inviting us to some innocently perverted play. Lustful feral Kindfrauen - not unlike Anke Feuchtenberger's Die Hure H (The Whore H) and Fuco Ueda's dripping nymphets.

Ladybird's Requiem, which won her a YouTube award, illustrated this fluidity perfectly:

For the first time in 3 years, and after her international success as cover artist for Top Shelf's AX - A Collection of Alternative Manga, Akino presents a new animation, KiyaKiya - hopefully soon to be seen on her YouTube channel - as well as drawings, oil paintings and sketches at Tokyo's Mizuma Art Gallery.

The very sweet press release explains:

"The term "KiyaKiya" comes from the old Japanese expression "mune ga kiyakiya suru." Kondoh first encountered it in Shibusawa Tatsuhiko's “Introduction to the collection of girls” in the chapter about "childhood experiences." This expression, which describes “an enigmatic, nostalgic, disturbing feeling,” or an impression of “deja-vu”, is at the origin of the "KiyaKiya" series.

Kondoh says "very intimate things are easier to share with strangers than public ones." In the present exhibition, you will experience an uneasy and nostalgic feeling, as if you had long forgotten an important something and were about to remember it. Some memory locked down in your heart might very well resurface."

... and now, music!

On show: Oct 11 - Nov 12, 2011

Address: Mizuma Art Gallery, 2F Kagura Bldg., 3-13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843, Japan, tel: +81.3.3268.2500 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM

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Catalogue: A catalogue containing 200 sketches for the animation "KiyaKiya" will be presold at the gallery. (ISBN:978-4-904292-16-7)

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