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Archive for June, 2008

Mark Mothersbaugh at Perihelion Arts, Phoenix/USA

by Suzanne on June 29th, 2008

The Petting Zoo by Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh, Hermann Rorschach's obsessively photoshopping illegitimate great-grandson, has an upcoming show at Perihelion Arts, Phoenix, due to open Friday, July 4.

Mark describes his ongoing Beautiful Mutants project as "images pulled from man's past, then corrected into sickeningly beautiful beings" and I think you should consider buying his nicely bound monograph if you can't make it to the exhibition.

Details below.

Faery Queen, Lisboa by Mark Mothersbaugh

Opening reception: Friday, July 4, 2008, 6 PM - midnight

On show: July 4 - 31, 2008

Address: Perihelion Arts, 1500 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA, tel: 602.462.9120

Buy Beautiful Mutants monograph

Artist's website

Gary Baseman invades Spain & Italy

by Suzanne on June 29th, 2008

Nudestudy by Gary Baseman, 2007, mixed media

It seems Gary Baseman has set out to conquer the Italo-hispanic art world with his sugar rush-inducing oeuvre of doom (I haven't added "of doom" to anything in a while).

The show - peculiarly titled Knowledge Comes from Gas Release - will feature nearly 50 new works and is due to open Thursday at Iguapop Gallery in Barcelona, Spain.

Sadly, I haven't found any artwork previews on either Gary's nor Iguapop's site yet. Please keep checking both sites for further information.

According to Juxtapoz, The Baseman will then travel to Rome for a live painting performance at the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo (Saturday, July 12) and to sign toys, books and new-born babies at MondoPOP Gallery (Sunday, July 13).

Below are the details for the Iguapop show.

Opening reception: Thursday, July 3, 2008

On show: July 3 - August 2, 2008

Opening times: Mon: 5 - 9 PM, Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 2:30 PM / 5 - 9 PM

Address: Iguapop Gallery & Shop, Comerç 15, 08003 Barcelona, Spain, tel:+34 933 100 735

Artist's website

Ray Caesar & Adam Wallacavage at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NYC

by Suzanne on June 25th, 2008

Daybreak by Ray Caesar

Having known about Ray Caesar's upcoming exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery for a couple of months now, I'm not ashamed to admit that I visited Ray's website twice a day since the beginning of June to get a glimpse of his new In the Garden of Moonlight series.

And today, gentle reader, my perseverance has finally been rewarded in the most glorious manner: Ray added 4 (!) new gallery pages to his portfolio showcasing some experimental new artistic techniques and a plethora of black insectoid mecha automata that I wish would be adopted by the TFL as public transportation vehicles.

Oh, and as if a Ray Caesar show wouldn't offer enough eye candy already, Jonathan LeVine presents tentaculicious new chandelier sculptures by Adam Wallacavage at the same time.

Caesar's In the Garden of Moonlight and Wallacavage's Les Trésors de la Tanière de Neptune both open this Saturday, June 28, 7 - 9 PM.

Descent by Ray Caesar

Opening reception: Saturday, June 28, 2008, 7 - 9 PM

On show: June 28 - July 26, 2008

Opening times: Tue - Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM

Address: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9E New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212 243 3822 | Map

Artists' websites: Ray Caesar | Adam Wallacavage

Opening reception pics | Juxtapoz review

"In the Land of Retinal Delights" at Laguna Art Museum, CA

by Suzanne on June 19th, 2008

The Creatrix by Mark Ryden, 2005, will be on show at Laguna Art Museum

With a breathtaking line-up of 150-or-so "lowbrow"/"new fine art" names, In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor - due to open at Laguna Art Museum this weekend - is bound to be a crowd-drawer.

However, I assume there's only room for one (hopefully representative) piece per artist and I wonder whether some of my insanely talented artist friends should have been included instead of vastly established H&W artists like Paul McCarthy or Raymond Pettibon, but alas, it's still an impressive mix of artists and styles.

Etymological note to self: Juxtapozian is an adjective now?! o_O

On show: Sunday, June 22 - October 5, 2008

Opening times: Mon - Sun, 11 AM - 5 PM

Featuring: Van Arno, Gary Baseman, Tiffany Bozic, Ray Caesar, Timothy Cummings, Henry Darger, Carlee Fernandez, Camille Rose Garcia, Alex Gross, Laurie Hogin, Sylvia Ji, Laurie Lipton, Chris Mars, Elizabeth McGrath, Scott Musgrove, Marion Peck, Patricia Piccinini, Gail Potocki, Mark Ryden (c.f. image above), Todd Schorr, Kara Walker, Adam Wallacavage, Joel-Peter Witkin, and many, maaaany others!

Address: Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA, tel. (949) 494-8971 | Map

Opening night report

Petrina Hicks at Stills Gallery, Sydney

by Suzanne on June 19th, 2008

Shenae and Jade by Petrina Hicks, 2005

Petrina Hicks' Descendants are currently on show at Stills Gallery in Sydney, Australia.

Mmmmm... canary brains. o_O

Opening reception: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 3 PM

On show: June 18 - July 19, 2008

Opening times: Tue - Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM

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

Josh Keyes at Joshua Liner, New York

by Suzanne on June 15th, 2008

Slice #2 by Josh Keyes, 2007

Josh Keyes - the ultimate grandmaster of sliced-up sub-realities - will present new works to the public in a show entitled Side Effects which is due to open next Saturday at Joshua Liner, New York. Details below.

Slice #1 by Josh Keyes, 2007

Opening reception: Saturday, June 21, 2008

On show: June 21 - July 26, 2008

Opening times: Tue - Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM

Address: Joshua Liner Gallery, 548 West 28th Street, Suite 334, New York, NY 10001 | Map

Juxtapoz review

Artist's website

Sylvia Ji at White Walls, S.F.

by Suzanne on June 14th, 2008

Black Domina by Sylvia Ji

When it comes to art you clearly cannot have too much of a good thing and since - at least to my humble knowledge - no deaths have ever been attributed to overdosing on sticky sweet morbid eye candy, it's my pleasure to once again present Sylvia Ji's work to you.

Sylvia's solo show at White Walls Gallery opens tonight and will feature a few sumptuously aestival pieces made in collaboration with Joshua Petker alongside her characteristic Catrinaesque artworks.

Opening reception: Tonight, June 14, 2008, 7 - 11PM

On show: June 14 - July 5, 2008

Address: White Walls Gallery, 835 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, tel: 415 931 1500

SuperTouch preview

Artist's website

Stuntkid's portrait of Sylvia Ji

Gottfried Helnwein's "Angels Sleeping" in Prague

by Suzanne on June 10th, 2008

Modern Sleep I (detail) by Gottfried Helnwein, 2003

The Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague continues its sombre 'n' sophisticated exhibition programme with a beautiful Helnwein show entitled Angels Sleeping.

The exhibition is due to open tomorrow and there's an accompanying programme online for you to plan your visit.

Opening reception: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

On show: June 11 - August 31, 2008

Opening times: Daily except Mondays 10 AM - 6 PM

Address: Galerie Rudolfinum, Alšovo Nábřeží 12, 110 01, Praha 1, Czech Republic, tel: +420 227 059 309 | Map | Flyer

Press release

Artist's website

Muntean/Rosenblum at Arndt & Partner, Berlin: Closing Today!

by Suzanne on June 7th, 2008

The Day Doesn’t Promise… by Markus Muntean & Adi Rosenblum, 2003

Please excuse the very short notice, but if you run, you might still catch one of the most beautiful exhibitions currently on show in Berlin.

I'm talking about Markus Muntean & Adi Rosenblum's exhibition at Arndt & Partner's Checkpoint Charlie Gallery.

The couple's work is truly unique and floats somewhere between Ferdinand Hodler's ornamental group portraits, Edward Hopper's interiors soaked with longing and sweet ennui and Édouard Manet's ingenious outdoor scenes populated by ageless archetypes deeply enjoying their collective loneliness (I'm probably not the only one seeing a link between Muntean & Rosenblum's The Day Doesn't Promise... and Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe).

The personnel in Muntean & Rosenblum's paintings often seems to be standing around aimlessly like theatre students during an acting break waiting to be called up for a group scene. They become inanimate urban staffage adrift in a strangely dislocated rural landscape. The pathos and monumentality of their gestures stands in odd contrast to the simplicity and pragmatism of their surrounding.

Closing: Today, June 7, 2008

Address: Arndt & Partner Berlin, Zimmerstrasse 90-91, D-10117, Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 (0) 30 280 8123 | Map

Preview works

Video interview (GfZK Leipzig, 2007)

Esao Andrews & Fuco Ueda at Roq La Rue: Final Days

by Suzanne on June 6th, 2008

Reflection by Esao Andrews

Last chance to see my iFriend Esao Andrews's ravishing works at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle. He's exhibiting many - previously unseen - works alongside Fuco Ueda's delicately painted dreamscapes.

Don't miss this show!

Closing: Tomorrow, June 7, 2008

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

Preview Esao's works | Preview Fuco's works