Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Archive for November, 2006

The Guild Of The Black Eagle Group Show

by Suzanne on November 29th, 2006

© David Hochbaum - click to enlarge

The Guild of The Black Eagle in conjunction with Capla Kesting Fine Art, McCaig-Welles Gallery, and Strychnin Gallery present "II".

Featuring the works of David Hochbaum, Rik Garrett¹ , David Stoupakis and many, many others...

© Rik Garrett - click to enlarge

An opening reception will be held tonight, Nov 29th, 7 PM - 12 AM at David Hochbaum's Studio in NYC.

(93 Second Ave. #1 btwn. 5th and 6th streets downtown NYC).

The show runs until Feb 1st, 2007.

→ Viewing the exhibit after the opening is by appointment only. You may call David at 917-509-9773

© David Stoupakis - click to enlarge


¹ Buy prints by Rik Garrett at the WurzelShoppe!

Die Gedanken Sind 75

by Suzanne on November 28th, 2006

Tomi Ungerer, 1935 (source)

Happy 75th birthday, Tomi!

This is your 4th life. You've been pronounced clinically dead 3 times already and I wish you all the best for your 4th try.

I know that Die Gedanken sind frei is your favourite song in the whole wide world (I studied your biography like a bible when I was a teenager), so I'll sing it for you today:

Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten?
Sie fliegen vorbei, wie nächtliche Schatten.
Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger sie schießen
mit Pulver und Blei, die Gedanken sind frei.

Ich denke, was ich will und was mich beglücket,
doch alles in der Still' und wie es sich schicket.
Mein Wunsch und Begehren kann niemand verwehren,
es bleibet dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

Und sperrt man mich ein im finsteren Kerker,
das alles sind rein vergebliche Werke;
denn meine Gedanken zerreißen die Schranken
und Mauern entzwei: Die Gedanken sind frei.

Drum will ich auf immer den Sorgen entsagen
und will mich auch nimmer mit Willen verklagen.
Man kann ja im Herzen, stets lachen und scherzen
und denken dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei.

Ich liebe den Wein, mein Mädchen vor allem
sie tut mir allein am besten gefallen
Ich bin nicht alleine bei meinem Glas Weine
mein Mädchen dabei: die Gedanken sind frei!

Without you, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Lewis Carroll, Jean-Jacques Sempé, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wilhelm Busch, die Brüder Grimm, Heinrich Hoffmann, Friedrich Karl Waechter and Hieronymus Bosch, my childhood would have been an utter waste of time.

Thank God I grew up in a time when children's books were still bizarre, grotesque and inspiring enough to make childhood a time full of wonders and discoveries.

Your books, Tomi, were so precious to me that I read them under my blanket with a torch. I dived into the world of Crictor, the friendly snake, I sold matches with Allumette, I baked cakes for the giant in Zeralda's kitchen and I went for a walk with Monsieur Racine and his adorable beast.

And even though I'm still amazed that you're not in the Légion d'honneur yet, monsieur Ungerer, being a persona non grata in the US of A for the simple reason of publishing a catalogue of satirical erotic caricatures is worth just as much as any military decoration to me.

© Tomi Ungerer - click to enlarge

Joyeux anniversaire, monsieur Ungerer!

Thank you for spending all those long childhood hours with me.


Tomi Ungerer on the web

Site officiel de Tomi Ungerer

Centre Tomi Ungerer

ARTE Themenseite zu Tomi Ungerer (by Arte)

• "Weisheit ist sowieso langweilig" (by Weltwoche)

Ich habe einen Traum: Tomi Ungerer (by Die Zeit)

Mommy, Mommy, There's An Artist Under My Bed!

by Suzanne on November 25th, 2006

© Chris Anthony - click on images to enlarge

'If you still think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. [...]'

(Excerpt from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, 1843)

This is a quick reminder to let Californian readers know that today is your final chance to see the adorable 'Mommy, Mommy, There's An Artist Under My Bed!' post-Hallowe'en show at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City.

Featured artists include Chris Anthony (c.f. photographs above), Sylvia Ji, Korin Faught, Caia Koopman and many, many more.

A Forest

by Suzanne on November 20th, 2006

© Julia Fullerton-Batten (detail) - click for full picture

Die Toten meiner Jahrtausende
Sind auferstanden. Meiner Väter Blick
Ging über mich, es wandelte
Leicht die Nähe der Erwachenden.

Im Abend aber entschliefen sie
Plötzlich; aus ihren Augenhöhlen
Brachen Blumen, ihres Atems Stille griff
Nach meinem Herzen, eine blaue Hand.

(Wald by Maria Luise Weissmann, 1899-1929)


November: She Disappeared © Derek Nobbs¹

CandyKiller | Daniel Martin Diaz | Derek Nobbs | Eduardo Recife | Esao Andrews (back with yet another adorable site design!) | JapiHonoo | Jinyoung Shin | Julianna Swaney | Kahn & Selesnick² | KunstKrake | LensCulture | Luka Skalabrin | Luke Feldman | Marc Burckhardt | Miniature Mouse | Ruby Mag #12 | Ruth Gwily | Sarah Joncas | Tasty Soil |  Teodoru Badiu | Yosuke Ueno | YouYesYou

Also: ArtDorks est mort. Vive ArtDorks!


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by Mark Twain / English / Audio)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll / English / Audio)

Andersen's Fairy Tales (by Hans Christian Andersen / English / Audio)

Auf der Galerie (by Franz Kafka / German / Audio)

Beowulf (by Anonymous / English / Audio)

Beyond Good and Evil (by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche / English / Audio)

Die Leiden des jungen Werther (by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / German / Audio)

Dracula (by Bram Stoker / English / Audio)

Emma (by Jane Austen / English / Audio)

Mary Stuart (by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller / English)

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin (by Charles Darwin / English / Ill.)

The Robbers (by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller / English)

Wilhelm Tell (by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller / English / Wurzeltod® recommendation)


Camille Rose Garcia interview (by Crown Dozen)

Josh Keyes interview (by Fecal Face)

Rik Garrett interview (by Eros Zine)


N° 1

I have funny feet.

N° 2

I'll be rather busy working on presentations about Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and J. M. W. Turner until the end of January - i.e. I won't have time for lengthy updates in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

N° 3

Art prints make beautiful Christmas presents. Above all if you know that you support one of our talented young WurzelArtists® at the same time. To make sure that your orders arrive on time, I suggest that you don't waste another minute and go spend all your money in our little art shoppe. Weeeee!


¹ Buy prints by Derek Nobbs at the WurzelShoppe!

² Their new book The Apollo Prophecies is now available as a paperback.

Kate O'Brien Prints

by Suzanne on November 12th, 2006

Today, we're thrilled to offer you four sumptuous prints by the ingenious colour magician Kate O'Brien - a.k.a. Eye Candy for the Broken Hearted in the Flickrosphère.

Each print comes in an edition of 100 only and will be signed and numbered by Kate herself - (I personally check every single print for her fingerprints to make sure that no Thai monkey slaves do the signing and numbering for her).

Please use the form at the bottom of this post to order and/or visit our shop to order beautiful prints by other talented young artists.

May I ask you to make sure that you leave a working email address in the form so that I can get back to you.

Thank you very much indeed and have a lovely weekend.

(Girl with a) Pseudo Ermine © Kate O'Brien - click on image to enlarge

Kate O'Brien - (Girl with a) Pseudo Ermine

8" x 10" | Hand signed & numbered in edition of 100.

Giclee print, on archival quality watercolour paper.

Price: $45 (+ shipping $5)

Girl with a Chicken © Kate O'Brien - click on image to enlarge

Kate O'Brien - Girl with a Chicken

8" x 10" | Hand signed & numbered in edition of 100.

Giclee print, on archival quality watercolour paper.

Price: $45 (+ shipping $5)

Sleeping Beauty © Kate O'Brien - click on image to enlarge

Kate O'Brien - Sleeping Beauty

8" x 10" | Hand signed & numbered in edition of 100.

Giclee print, on archival quality watercolour paper.

Price: $45 (+ shipping $5)

→ Read the fascinating story behind it.

Orchid Princess © Kate O'Brien - click on image to enlarge

Kate O'Brien - Orchid Princess

8" x 10" | Hand signed & numbered in edition of 100.

Giclee print, on archival quality watercolour paper.

Price: $45 (+ shipping $5)

→ Click here to order