Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Archive for July, 2004


by Suzanne G. on July 31st, 2004

© Nineteenth Century Images of Albinism
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From top to bottom, left to right:
Miss Millie La Mar - Mind Reader, un-identified albino girl, albino man, un-identified albino boy, Rudolph Lucasie and family

\Leu*cop"a*thy\ (l[-u]*k[o^]p"[.a]*th[y^]), n.
[Leuco- + Gr. pa`schein, paqei^n to suffer.]
[syn: albinism]

The state of an albino, or of a white child of black parents.

(Thanks to Marcel Safier and BoingBoing)

→ UPDATE, 08-02-2004
Albino elephant may boost conservation efforts
(via news@nature.com)

The Death of the Moth

by Suzanne G. on July 30th, 2004

© Miss W. Tod

The helplessness of his attitude roused me.

It flashed upon me that he was in difficulties; he could no longer raise himself; his legs struggled vainly.

But, as I stretched out a pencil, meaning to help him to right himself, it came over me that the failure and awkwardness were the approach of death.

I laid the pencil down again...

(Excerpt from The Death of the Moth by Virginia Woolf)

... Oh, and I finally updated my personal gallery...

Jennifer Angus

by Suzanne G. on July 30th, 2004

© Jennifer Angus
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From top to bottom, left to right:
Jennifer Angus in front of the "Eupholus Bennetti" installation, "Surrounded", "Cross", "Goliathus Hercules" installation view, "Lavender Room" (detail)

"When you first enter the space, you are greeted with something you think you know—that is, a patterned wallpaper that could be in anyone’s home. However, upon closer examination you discover it is made up of insects. I know very few people who welcome insects into their home. In fact, we have a certain hysteria about insects, particularly when found inside.

Culturally insects signal dirtiness and disease to us. Some of that hysteria is based upon fact. For example, the bubonic plague was spread by fleas that resided on rats, West Nile virus is spread by mosquitos, and I read recently that cockroaches in a crowded apartment block in Hong Kong may have helped spread SARS. However, most insects are quite harmless and don’t deserve the blast of Raid that we generally inflict upon them..."

- Jennifer Angus interviewed by the Wisconsin Academy Review (PDF file), 2002

→ Jennifer Angus is exhibiting artworks from her "Goliathus Hercules" series at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center until 15th August 2004.

Catherine Chalmers

by Suzanne G. on July 30th, 2004

© Catherine Chalmers
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From top to bottom, left to right:
"Execution Series I", "Execution Series II", "Infestations (drinking)", "Hello, Columbus", "Transgenic Mice (Rhino)"

"... One part of the roach project is called "Executions" and I'm doing what we all do with roaches: I'm executing them. But I'm not executing them with a can of Raid or an exterminator. I'm executing them in the manner in which we execute each other. So I'm doing lynchings, electric chair, drowning, burning at the stake - that's what I've basically done so far."

- Catherine Chalmers interviewed by EGG

Patricia Piccinini

by Suzanne G. on July 28th, 2004

© Patricia Piccinini
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From top to bottom, left to right:
"Bodyguard" from: Nature's Little Helper
"The Young Family" from: We Are Family
"Red Set" from: Protein Lattice
"Part I - Laboratory Procedures" from: Science Story
"Exallocephalla Parthenopa vs Vombatus Ursinus" from: Siren Mole

"Last year I saw one of those extraordinary things, which reminds me that what I make is not so strange or far-fetched. As usual it was in a petri dish. This petri dish contained a small layer of cells, a thin skin of biological matter that was pulsating to rapid but steady rhythm. This was the first time that I had really seen stem cells. These ones had been differentiated into heart cells and they were doing what heart cells do; beating - flatly, geometrically, pointlessly..."

- Patricia Piccinini at the Biennale of Sydney, 2002

Patricia Piccinini caused quite an outrage when her We Are Family series was exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia last year.

Bryan Crockett

by Suzanne G. on July 27th, 2004

© Bryan Crockett
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From top to bottom, left to right:
"Pinkie", "Sloth", "Ecce Homo", "Somatosensory Homunculus", "Portrait of a Lifetime"

"... I am not opposed to genetic tampering, but I do believe that it will force us to come to terms with the metaphysical meaning of science. Because the lab mouse has been used to test almost every product, disease and other facet of human life, I have chosen to interpret this ultimate actor of modern science through the ultimate figure of salvation, Jesus Christ. Here, Pinkie (see above) is represented as the Christ child. The scale is that of a fleshy human baby, sculpted with the pathos of classical sculpture. His hand reaches upward in a gesture of blessing and his always-present stare places you at the heart of his soul. The vernacular of marble sculpture is important to this work. In classical sculpture, marble is the material of the flesh, and its sacred purity evokes a sense of divine creation and immortality."

- Bryan Crockett, on the occasion of the Terrors and Wonders: Monsters in Contemporary Art exhibition at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, September 2001

→ Bryan Crockett is currently exhibiting his artwork as part of Mike Kelley's stunning group show Das Unheimliche at Mumok Vienna.

John Santerineross

by Suzanne G. on July 27th, 2004

© John Santerineross
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From top to bottom, left to right:
"The Water Margin", "Ceremony of Innocence", "The Hands of Al-Zahra", "Fruit of the Secret God", "Prisoners of our Childhood"

"Many people think that I digitally manipulate the images. The truth is, that while I do tonal corrections and coloring in the computer as well as the outermost borders of the image, 99% of what you see in the image is on the sets that I build. All lines or blurs are exactly that. I create a set with moving objects in it using motors to create the blurs; I then shoot at a very slow shutter speed..."

- John Santerineross, interviewed by Dark Matter Magazine, April 2004

→ John Santerineross releases his eagerly anticipated second book of disturbing yet titillating images, entitled 'Dream' this fall. It's the sequel to 'Fruit of the Secret God'.

→ Discuss this post in Thee Forum ov Psychick Blah.

Naoto Hattori

by Suzanne G. on July 18th, 2004

© Naoto Hattori
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"I never paint on the computer. I think that's illegal if you want to learn painting for real. All you need is just do some clicks. You can click the "undo" button if you made a mistake and one click to render the image, another one to calculate all light and shadow. You can change the color if you don't like it, again with some clicks. And your hands are always clean...

That's not the way I see art. Art is all about taking risks, follow your intuition and most of all getting your hands dirty with paint."

- Naoto Hattori, 29, interviewed in Airbrush Art + Action, June 2003

→ UPDATE, 07-20-2004: Naoto Hattori just added 4 new artworks to his web store.


by Suzanne G. on July 17th, 2004

(via b3ta - click to enlarge)

SS troops playing with a kitty. Aww...

Endless Fun With Kidnapped Infants

by Suzanne G. on July 17th, 2004

Physical Culture by Bernarr Macfadden, ca. 1920
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"Exercise No. 7. - Grasp baby by the wrists behind as per illustration. Raise baby backward and upward as high as you can with elbows rigid. Continue until tired. Boil water. Cook gently for 3 hours until tender. For strengthening and rounding out muscles on back of shoulders."