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Archive for June, 2008

Angelique Houtkamp at Nelly Duff, London

by Suzanne on June 2nd, 2008

Mexican Boy & Like Me You'll Be by Angelique Houtkamp

Okay, okay.. I'll take my "skulls are so 2007" statement back. At least for painted ceramic baby skulls.

The precious little crania assembled here are the work of Angelique Houtkamp - better known as a tattoo artist and illustrator possessed by colouful and immaculately styled vintage sideshow ladies.

And since you've all seen her work a gazillion times in arty fashion mags and fashionable art mags (... as if there was still a noticeable difference between the two..), I thought I'd introduce you to some of her rarer published sculptural work instead.

Sadly, I don't think any of these beautiful ceramic baby skulls will actually be on show at Houtkamp's Folies les femmes exhibition at Nelly Duff in London, but that's what Wurzeltodâ„¢ is here for, after all: To give you an illusion of all the shiny things you can never see - let alone buy. Because you're all constantly broke. Yep.

N.B.: Apparently this is only a 2-day event; unless the exhibition dates on the website are wrong. Hmmm...

True Love, Smiling on the Outside & Death Before Dishonour by Angelique Houtkamp

Opening reception: Thursday, June 5, 2008, 6 - 8 PM

On show: June 6 - 7, 2008 - according to website

Opening times: Mon - Fri: Appointment only | Sat: 12 PM – 4 PM | Sun: 9 AM - 3 PM

Address: Nelly Duff, 156 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London E2 7RG, UK | Map | Flyer

Artist's website (& fashion line)

Gosh.. what a mad busy art week. I swear I'll stop posting for a while now! o_O

Brian Walker's "Precious Fleshous" in Pyrmont, Australia

by Suzanne on June 1st, 2008

Greasy Spoon by Brian Walker, 2007

Brian Walker presents some of his surreal photographic work at Horus & Deloris in Pyrmont, AUS.

The exhibition entitled Precious Fleshous (seriously, now... o_O) is a one-week-only show and is due to open this Wednesday.

Opening reception: Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 6 - 8 PM

On show: June 4 - 11, 2008

Opening times: Wed - Fri 11 AM – 5 PM | Sat 11 AM – 3 PM

Address: Horus & Deloris, Level 2, 102 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009, Australia, tel: +61 2 9660 6071

Preview works

Scott Musgrove in Culver City: Final Days!

by Suzanne on June 1st, 2008

Booted Glamour Cat by Scott Musgrove, oil on board

Hmm... judging by yesterday's post, it almost seems to me that stripping cartoonish creatures down to their bones (c.f. images above and below) is THE art flavour of the month. After all, skulls are so 2007 and, let's face it, aliens, particularly Martians - now that they've even invaded the Barbican - have been a little passé and tacky ever since Erich von Däniken decided unanimously that he's in fact a scientific author. Yeah, right.

All the better for us that self-proclaimed "natural alchemist" Scott Musgrove keeps enriching our imaginary worlds with his ever so endearing "accidental organisms" - as he refers to them.

For his current exhibition at Billy Shire in Culver City, he even seems to have finally discovered his indisputable talent as a 3D artist and presents a set of wooden sculptures alongside his iconic beastly paintings.

Moreover, he and Mike Leavitt (of Art Army fame) have collaborated in building an adorable mixed media diorama thingie.

My favourite work, however, is this painting of a seemingly melancholy inflatable monster deliberately floating low in order to have its belly pleasantly tickled by tree tops. Awwww!

Soul of the Booted Glamour Cat by Scott Musgrove, oil on board

Closing: Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Address: Billy Shire Fine Arts, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, tel: 323-297-0600

Preview exhibited works

Exhibition views

Artist's website

In other news, I keep seeing giant minotauresque faces in the Edwardian black walnut desk I write from. Very much like this one here. Is that common?

Saturno Butto in Rome: Final Days

by Suzanne on June 1st, 2008

by Saturno Buttò

The mystic ritualism and over-saturated fleshy eroticism of Saturno Buttò's paintings have always greatly appealed to me.

However, it sometimes seemed to me that there was something (deliberately, I assume?) missing in his models' facial expressions that made them look rather lifeless and static - somewhat too stiff/proud/serious to become animate in my mind.

So seeing the adorable creature posing above smiling in such a genuine, utterly disarming, mesmerising yet modest way filled me with incredible glee.

Those of you who happen to be in Italy before Tuesday should absolutely go and see his current show at Mondo Bizzarro in Rome.

Closing: Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Address: Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Via Reggio Emilia 32 c/d, 00198 Roma, Italy, tel/fax: 06 44247451 | Map

Artist's website

In other news, I had the immense pleasure and rare privilege to eat Norfolk Samphire (Salicornia europaea) the other day and it's the most delicious plant thingie I've ever tasted. Highly recommended!