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Archive for July, 2007

James Jean Prints

by Suzanne on July 30th, 2007

"I hope I never get so old I get religious."

(Ingmar Bergman as quoted in the International Herald Tribune on Sep 8, 1989)

Adjö så länge... Ingmar... farväl...

While we say our sad goodbyes to Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni - two of the greatest cinematic magicians and visionaries, we're overwhelmed to welcome a truly gifted young artist aboard the WurzelShoppe®.

Starting today, you'll be able to purchase two beautiful prints by James Jean in our wee print shop.

Sink is one of James' contributions to A Polite Winter - a collaborative art project he's been working on with Kenichi Hoshine; Jump is a print from his iconic Process Recess series.

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

Thank you.

Sink © James Jean - click to enlarge

James Jean - Sink

12" x 12" | Ultrachrome print on cotton rag paper.

Created for A Polite Winter.

Signed and embossed.

Price: $50 (shipping & handling NOT included)

Jump © James Jean - click to enlarge

James Jean - Jump

12" x 18" | Ultrachrome print on cotton rag paper.

Signed and embossed.

Price: $52 (shipping & handling NOT included)

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Mia Mäkilä and Gus Fink present: Creeplings

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2007

Creeplings N° XIII by Mia Mäkilä and Gus Fink. Mixed media on antique photograph.

Mia Mäkilä knows how to make me happy:

Hi Suzanne!

I think you're gonna love my latest project! It's called "Creeplings" and it's an art collaboration with American artist Gus Fink.

Check it out:


Of course I love the project, Mia! Chapeau to you and Gus for building this eerie army of creepy.. errm.. creeplings.

NOTE TO READERS: These adorable, huggable little creeplings are all for sale!


Other things that made me happy today...


Cycling along Lake Lucerne with a tailwind of 80km/h.


Finding this in my letterbox. Thankies, Lindsey.


Receiving a spam email with the glorious subject line: "Frozen Girl Scout". Genius.


Death Cat and VapoRub® meerkats.


My neighbour's grill exploding in a rather Pythonesque manner. Mwahaha!

Nicoletta Ceccoli, Chris Peters, Stella im Hultberg & friends

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2007

Three recommendable exhibitions for readers from the California / Washington area:

Kukula and Nicoletta Ceccoli

Bee Dream. Acrylic on paper. 11.5"x15.5" © Nicoletta Ceccoli

Who: Kukula & Nicoletta

Where: Roq la Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle/WA

When: On view till August 4, 2007.

Why: Because Kukula and Nicoletta beat every childhood sugar-rush.

Next-Gen - Art for the New Aeon

Sister Beatrice. Oil on canvas. 20"x16" © 2007 Chris Peters

Who: Chris Peters, Ron English, Lola, Chet Zar, Kris Lewis, Esao Andrews, Kukula's clone, Travis Louie, and many, many others.

Where: Copro Nason Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica/CA

When: On view till August 4, 2007.

Why: Because you can also see the works of Paul Chatem in the same gallery! Weeee!

Crazy 4 Cult

The Big Tourist. Oil and ink on tea-stained paper. 9"x12" © 2007 Stella im Hultberg

Who: Over 50 artists reinterpret their favourite cult classic films with one-of-a-kind original artwork. Yup.

Where: Gallery 1988, 7020 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles/CA

When: On view till August 10, 2007.

Why: For the love of Marla Singer.

Process: Area & Volume

by Suzanne on July 15th, 2007

Black Dahlia by Raffaella Brizuela Sigurdardottir, oil on wood, 2006

In recent days, the majority of invites I got for California gallery shows has left me utterly unimpressed and even a little disappointed by the ever same Juxtapoz/Giant Robot artist names. It sometimes saddens me that the rather riskless policy of certain gallery owners (and art mags!) to book "safe" artists who attract huge crowds at weekend opening receptions might unconsciously drive the so-called LowBrow/Pop Surrealism "scene" to a new state of apathy, repetitiveness and unimaginativeness. I hope it's all just a passing summer laziness and that my feeling is wrong.

At any rate, the freshly opened show at Gallery Nucleus makes a refreshing exception to this by combining a few familiar names with a whole lot of newish discoveries. Process: Area & Volume brings together a daring mix of 27 artists who work in different genres and media. Their only common ground is so global and basic that it almost sounds humorous:

"The show is a group event based on a three dimensional object inspiring two dimensional work."

Anyway... chapeau, Gallery Nucleus, for taking a risk and for your bold look at "young" art.

Who: Billy Reynolds, Sonya Marie Palencia, James Naccarato, Tim McCormick, Korin Faught, Raffaella Brizuela Sigurdardottir, and many, many others.

Where: Gallery Nucleus, 30 West Main Street, Alhambra/CA

When: On view till August 7, 2007.



A certain Ms Louise Delvin recently ordered a couple of Casey Weldon and K. Louise Judd prints from Thee Shoppe but forgot to specify the desired size of the Judd prints.

Thank you for your patience, Louise!


As always, Julien was absolutely right aeons ago: Was ist ist is indeed Neubauten's greatest song.


Added N° 5 to my Adidas family. I already took them to see the forest. They're as quiet and swift as hairy hobbit soles. My feet are in love with them.

Alex Gross

by Suzanne on July 8th, 2007

"Redemption" by Alex Gross, oil on canvas, 2007

Hmm.. if "updating your website" means making your publicly accessible online oeuvre smaller and throwing a lot of beautiful and affordable giclée prints out of your shop, then I think that's what Alex Gross has done. o_O

Anyway, go see his breathtaking retrospective at Grand Central Art Gallery in Santa Ana, CA, USA (on view till August 19, 2007).

"The show will be a career retrospective featuring sixteen of Alex's paintings from 1999 through 2007.

Several new works that have never been shown will be part of the exhibition that also includes sketches, prints, and other assorted paraphernalia."

Oh, and buy me this inexpensive Dior ensemble, this corset (preferably with Apnea still in it, please) and this toaster his new book as a limited edition if you're a rich bastard art lover.