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Archive for January, 2008

Upcoming Pop Surrealism Group Shows in the US of A

by Suzanne on January 31st, 2008

A Cabinet Of Natural Curiosities

© Junko Mizuno - click to enlarge

Who: Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Brian Despain, Amy Sol, Chris Ryniak, Chet Zar, Junko Mizuno, Liz McGrath, Kukula, Nathan Ota, Jim Woodring, et al.

Where: Roq La Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977

When: Opens February 8, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

Why: Because Junko Mizuno will present a series of three new canvas paintings (c.f. image above).

Sideshow Redux: 20 Years

Madame Calivera's Corporate Identity Program by Todd Schorr - click to enlarge

Who: Andrew Brandou, Colin Christian, Korin Faught, Camille Rose Garcia, Travis Louie, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Schorr, Kathy Staico Schorr, Brian Taylor, Chet Zar, et al.

Where: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Avenue, 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA, tel: 323-933-4408

When: Opens February 9, 2008, 8 - 11 PM | Closes March 8, 2008

Why: Because Brad Benedict came up with an amazing juxtaposition of artists that's bound to create an exciting and inspiring atmosphere.

Pop Subversion

Arrival and Intrepid Drift by Kris Lewis - click to enlarge

Who: Kris Lewis, Brendan Danielsson, Camilla d'Errico, et al.

Where: Ad Hoc Art, 49 Bogart Street, Buzzer 22, Unit 1G, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA, tel: 718.366.2466

When: Opens February 8, 2008, 7 - 9 PM | Closes March 2, 2008

Why: I don't even know why I bother linking to this show. The three artists above are the only ones who stand out from the very random selection of artists, imho. Also, I fail to see what's going to be "subversive" about that show. But then again, I'm just a grumpy old art nazi.

Bill Burns talk & book signing at ICA London

by Suzanne on January 30th, 2008

Safety Goggles (oval) from Bill Burns' SGSA series, 2.75 x 8 x 2.5 cm

Bill Burns - the man behind Safety Gear for Small Animals and one of the few owners of the Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis Award who's never actually created taxidermy - will be talking and signing copies of The Flora and Fauna Information Service at the ICA London tomorrow, January 31, 2008, from 6 - 8 PM.

Safety Vest from Bill Burns' SGSA series, 8.5 x 7.5 x 25 cm

The talk will be held in context of Burns' The Flora & Fauna Information Service exhibition which is on show at the ICA until February 15, 2008.

The show also includes Burns' celebrated collection of Safety Gear for Small Animals and Boiler Suits for Primates - a miniature sample of everything prisoners get when they arrive at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Respirator from Bill Burns' SGSA series, 10 x 11 x 6 cm

Robyn Stacey & Claire Morgan

by Suzanne on January 28th, 2008

Two inspiring and strong women of the taxidermy art world are currently exhibiting their works in Australia and England (both shows close Saturday):

Leidenmaster I by Robyn Stacey, 2003

In Paddington/AU, Robyn Stacey presents her oeuvre as part of the Season 07 group show at Stills Gallery.

As an artist with a keen eye for the historical and the scientific, Stacey has been photographing (mostly private) natural history collections in Australia and overseas for the past 8 years.

An anachronist at heart, she assembles and presents biological specimens & archaeological artefacts in the visually stunning taxonomist style of Albertus Seba or Ernst Haeckel.

Beau Monde (yellow) from the "Beau Monde" series by Robyn Stacey, 2006

Closes: Saturday, February 2, 2008 | Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM

Address: Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington, NSW 2021 Sydney, Australia, Phone: +61 2 . 93317775

The Fall by Claire Morgan, 2008

In London, Belfast-born artist Claire Morgan shows The Fall at ARTiculate Projects (they don't seem to have a website yet - please check details below for directions) - run by Arts Co founders Isabella Macpherson and Sigrid Wilkinson (article via e-flux).

Morgan seems as fascinated by the organic process of death and decay as by the man-made one of trash and recycling. It's therefore only consequent that she went dumpster diving in London parks to collect the materials for The Fall (c.f. image above) - which is the main focus of the exhibition at ARTiculate Projects.

Morgan's installation leads into a world full of fragile morbidity where junks of plastic mutate into featherweight leaves that form the words The Fall.

Making A Killing by Claire Morgan, 2007

Closes: Saturday, February 2, 2008 | Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 12 - 6 PM

Address: ARTiculate Projects, 2A Tabernacle St., London, EC2, Phone: 020.7723.0285 | Nearest tube: Old St./Moorgate | Map

Tessa Farmer's "Little Savages" in London

by Suzanne on January 25th, 2008

From the Swarm series by Tessa Farmer, 2004

Tessa Farmer - featured in Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis - is showing her Little Savages at London's Natural History Museum until Monday next week.

So all Londoners interested in cryptozoological insects performing a grotesque Danse Macabre in a microcosmic wonderland, shouldn't miss their final chance to see Tessa's installation of ghastly little apocalyptic chitin riders.

Sweet nightmares (are made of these).

From the Swarm series by Tessa Farmer, 2004

Closing date: Monday, January 28, 5:30 PM

Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK, Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000

How to get there: Within walking distance of South Kensington tube station (District, Circle & Piccadilly lines)

Eva Eun-Sil Han in Bilbao/ES

by Suzanne on January 25th, 2008

Jouvence by Eva Eun-Sil Han - via StartDrawing¹

Eva Eun-Sil Han is a young Korean-born Belgian artist whose sibylline collages seem to form something like a constructive counterpart to Ruth Claxton's often destructive cut-out works.

According to her website, Eva's oeuvre will be part of a group show entitled Lau - an AAAAA project - which opens today at Anti y Garabat in Bilbao, Spain.

Contagion by Eva Eun-Sil Han - via StartDrawing¹

¹ Considering the fact that the Bloggies get more unimaginative and ignorant year after year, this time you can at least vote for StartDrawing in the Best Asian Weblog category.

But seriously.. who sponsors the Bloggies? Terry Richardson? E! TV?

After all, why would The Sartorialist get a nomination for best photography of a weblog by taking random street pictures of people doing what we all do 365 days a year: Wearing clothes? What the hell is noteworthy about that?

Also, could people please stop nominating totally irrelevant schadenfreude gossip blogs like Go Fug Yourself in every imaginable category ("Best Writing"?! "Weblog of the Year"?!)? I think we really have more serious global problems to worry about than some socialite's wardrobe malfunctions. Thanks.

Rant over. Feeling better now.

Ah Xian in Heilbronn, Recklinghausen & Den Haag

by Suzanne on January 24th, 2008

Bust N°25 from the China, China series by Ah Xian

Ah Xian, whose work was part of the deeply inspiring Die Obere Hälfte (The Upper Half) group exhibition a couple of years ago, is now touring Germany and the Netherlands with over two dozens of his eerily compelling porcelain busts and sculptures - which aren't ready-mades, but casts taken from the artist's relatives and friends.

The exhibition closes this weekend at Städtische Museen Heilbronn/DE and will then travel to Kunsthalle Recklinghausen/DE and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag/NL (further details below).

Bust N°1 from the China, China series by Ah Xian

Dates Heilbronn: Closes Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dates Recklinghausen: February 17 to April 6, 2008

Dates Den Haag: April 19 to September 7, 2008

Exhibition catalogue:

Dieter Brunner et al. (ed.)

Ah Xian, Skulpturen. Katalog zur Ausstellung in den Städtischen Museen Heilbronn, 2007/2008, in der Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, 2008 und im Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2008.

Braus im Wachter-Verlag, Heidelberg 2007.


Bust N°14 from the China, China series by Ah Xian

The Nuclear Innocence of Fuco Ueda

by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2008

Memory of Afternoon by Fuco Ueda, 2004

I'm unspeakably happy that Jon Beinart finally offered me a fine excuse to re-feature the works of Fuco Ueda - after what has been over three years!

It's beautiful to see how she has refined her style and perfected her technique - without betraying her artistic heritage - since then.

She's still obsessed with marine flora & fauna, lizards, cephalopoda, skeletons, nasobema, minotaurs, pregnant hybrid creatures, reddened knees, shoes, hair, stairs, merry-go-rounds, the anonymity and gleichschaltung of the education system, peculiar medical examinations, dripping nectar.. and other sinfully sticky liquids..

A keen observer of (dream) anatomy and shadows, Fuco Ueda knows that shadows are never black or grey, but shimmer in the most surreal colours. She cunningly hides them in her protagonists' palms, under their chins, behind their necks, in their noses and under their school uniforms - their graceful bodies eternally shining under golden nuclear hailstorm skies.

What I love most about her artworks is the way she deliberately stains them. Unlike ordinary tea or paint stains, they somehow manage to create a feeling of erotic force and thanatal discomfort - similar to what I felt when I first saw Marcel Duchamp's Paysage Fautif - a composition made entirely out of his own semen.

Mother by Fuco Ueda, 2002

Ermm.. anyway... so it turns out that Fuco Ueda will be amongst over 60 artists to participate in the group show Deep Pop - curated by Andrew Michael Ford.

The exhibition will take place at The Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery Iona College Arts Center and is due to open this Sunday afternoon (further details below).

I must admit that I find the list of artists rather random and I would have wished for a smaller, more sophisticated selection and a clearer profile. About 1/6 of the list are remarkably talented artists whose works belong to an entirely different league than the rest and without being elitist, I really don't see what benefit is gained by putting them in the same context. Oh well... in 2046, I'll finally be ready to curate my own group exhibition and you'll see what I mean.

Opening reception: Sunday, January 27, 1 - 3 PM

Closing reception: Thursday, February 21, noon - 3 PM

Artists: Click here for full list of featured artists

Place: The Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery Iona College Arts Center, 715 North Avenue , New Rochelle, NY 10801

On view: January 27 to February 21, 2008

EDIT: Hey, I said the WurzelSite turns 5 today two posts ago! Is anyone still reading?! Hmmpf!

Chris Anthony at Corey Helford

by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2008

Virgin from Chris Anthony's I'm The Most Normal Person I Know series

As you could already see in the Upcoming sidebar, Chris Anthony's eagerly awaited 2nd solo show opens this Saturday at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, California.

According to his autobiography, Chris was "born, raised and miseducated in Stockholm", he was a rock photographer during his teens, retired at the age of 17 to direct music videos & commercials, studied art history in Italy and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Last year, he won the prestigious Grand Prize of American PHOTO’s Images of the Year Competition for his Victims & Avengers series that was previously featured on this blog.

So if you haven't made any plans for Saturday yet, Corey Helford Gallery cordially invites you to attend the reception for I'm The Most Normal Person I Know.

Public Reception: 9 to 11pm

Place: 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City CA

Exhibition On View: January 26 to February 16, 2008

Opening photos: by Juxtapoz

No, not the gasmask. That stays with me.

by Suzanne on January 23rd, 2008

Apocalyptic Hamlet by Me

I'm selling some old girly clothing crap valuable Wurzeltod® memorabilia on eBay Germany in case you're interested in extracting my DNA from the clothes and fill in the gene sequence gaps with frog DNA to create a Wurzelosaurus.

More things will be added as I slowly dig myself through the piles of clothes that block the way to the fridge.

Oh, btw, today's the 5th Wurzelsite Birthday! Aaaaaah.. memreeeeeez, sweet memreeee-eeeeez!

In totally unrelated news, here are my favourite science headlines of the week:

Pentagon Explores 'Human Fear' Chemicals

'Monsters' blamed for extreme chaos in black holes

'Darkest ever' material created

Contact lenses with circuits, lights a possible platform for superhuman vision

The Fragile

by Suzanne on January 18th, 2008

Semi-Reclining Dress, Impression with Drapery by Karen LaMonte, 2005

The glass museum of Düsseldorf's Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast will present a new show to the public - starting tomorrow - dedicated to one of the most talented glass artists of our time: Karen LaMonte.

The exhibition will show a selection of the beautifully melancholy bodiless ghost dresses by the artist who lives and works in Prague.

On display until April 6, 2008.