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Archive for July, 2008

New Works by Alex CF & Chris Mars!

by Suzanne on July 31st, 2008

Views of the Henrich Emille Rectangle by Alex CF, mixed media, 2008

I'm very proud to announce that Alex has just completed yet another ingenious project: The Henrich Emille Rectangle.

I think this was the most fascinating assemblage piece to watch evolve to date and the result is simply stunning. Oh, and please rest assured that it looks a gazillion times better than on the amateurish pictures we took of it.

Comforting Loss by Chris Mars, 2008

In other mesmerising news, Chris Mars recently published a series of new works over at Chris Mars Publishing, and once again, I found myself wondering why his creatures look so strangely familiar to me and why I simply cannot help sympathising & empathising with all of them. And then I realised that the answer lies in the expression of their eyes.

They have my eyes. Bleary, weary, weak, clouded, watery, aged eyes. Broken eyes that have seen too much and switch to monochrome vision when they can't stand the disgustingly bright colourfulness of the summer anymore.

Like Leah's eyes - forever defying the pure, the white, the cheerful, the enticing, the capturing in Rachel.

In fact, I wish Chris Mars' characters would come alive - I'd feel more comfortable than ever in their company. And I think Chris would understand:

"Let me tell you something about Monsters. I have great empathy toward Monsters, or more accurately, Perceived Monsters. To me, Monsters are more like misfits, people who are physically deformed, or rather, uniquely formed (as indeed we all are, each of us); or, people who are mentally on a different plane than the majority. By this definition, might I be speaking even of you?

I am sympathetic toward Perceived Monsters, because I have known and loved perceived monsters, and have felt this way myself. [...]

So look closely at my work, look hard. Because I'm trying to show you something beautiful."

(Chris Mars, 2003)

Chris is exhibiting at the Retinal Delights show at Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, through October 5, 2008. His next show is due to open at Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City, on September 13, 2008.

Eric Beltz & Co. at Otis College of Art & Stuff, L.A.

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2008

Tree of the Evil Eagle by Eric Beltz, graphite on paper, 2008

I recently rediscovered the meticulous illustrative works of Eric Beltz thanks to the editors of Flaunt - one of the many mags I don't have the financial resources for... bugger... - who decided to put him on the cover of Issue #94.

Anyway, monsieur Beltz is currently exhibiting some of his recent graphite-on-paper works in a group show at Otis College L.A. which opened last Saturday.

Looky See - A Summer Show will be on display until mid-September. Some Fred Stonehouse works will be featured too. Further details below.

In related news, this unspectacular view of Eric's desk makes me unspeakably happy because it tremendously reminds me of the desk Alex & I share (MacBook cable, lip balm, piles of books, letters & Post Office receipts, the essential jar of pointless pennies, red bandana, etc.).

On show: July 26 - September 13, 2008

Closing reception: Saturday, September 13, 3 - 5 PM

Featuring: Eric Beltz, Fred Stonehouse, Sandow Birk, Ruby Osorio, et al.

Address: Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, tel: 310.665.6905 | Maps & Directions

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM | Thu: 10 AM - 7 PM

Admission: Free

Press release

Gallery's Flickr stream

Victor Castillo & Miss Van in Berlin

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2008

Sin In My Heart by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas, 2008

Wurzeltod®'s favourite sausage fetishist Victor Castillo (so far the artist whose work - Chick Habit, to be precise - stayed on my MacBook desktop, the most merciless place for the arts, longest) visits the capital of yummy, yummy Currywurst¹!

Together with Miss Van, he'll present new works in a show titled Canto negro y Brujerias which opened at Merry Karnowsky Gallery Berlin last weekend and will be on show till the end of August.

Not too sure about Miss Van's recent expedition to the world of doll assemblage sculpture thingies, but as long as it doesn't frighten the horses...

Details below.

On show: July 26 - August 23, 2008

Featuring: Victor Castillo (Chile) & Miss Van (France)

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery Berlin, Torstrasse 175, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Preview show


¹ N.B.: Wurzeltod® doesn't endorse the consumption of meat/dairy products/razor blades.

Dangerous Women (& Men) in NYC

by Suzanne on July 25th, 2008

Girl with Towel Turban by Dan Witz, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2006

N.B.: I'm sorry that due to my (still unsuccessful) job hunting posting here on the WurzelBlog® has slowed down so dramatically. Please bear with me.

Artist friend Susan Jamison kindly informed me about an exciting summer group exhibition that opened at DFN Gallery in NYC the other night:

Dangerous Women showcases the paintings, videos and mixed media works of 12 female and 6 male artists.

The title was inspired by a series of works by Rafael Perez which will of course be on show too.

Further information below.

No Neutral Thoughts by Eric White, oil on canvas, 2008

On show: July 24 - August 29, 2008

Featuring: Dan Witz, Eric White, Alison Blickle, Susan Jamison, Sarah Bereza, Adela Leibowitz, Melanie Vote, et al.

Address: DFN Gallery, 210 11th Ave (at W. 25th Street), 6th floor, NY 10001, NYC, tel: (212) 334-3400 | Map

Gallery hours: Mon - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview show

Timothy Cummings at Catharine Clark Gallery, S.F.

by Suzanne on July 17th, 2008

Phantom III by Timothy Cummings, acrylic on panel, 2008

The lovely Phantasmaphile informs us that the arcane Timothy Cummings (previously featured here) will present new works from his Last Call series at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

The show opens this Saturday, July 19, 2008. Further details below, as usual.

Opens: Saturday, July 19, 2008

On show: July 19 - August 23, 2008

Address: Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, Ground Floor between 3rd and New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA, USA, tel: 415.399.1439 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM | Sat: 11 AM - 5:30 PM

Artist's résumé

Hi-Fructose Anniversary Show at Copro Nason

by Suzanne on July 9th, 2008

Carcohl by Chris Ryniak (probably not exhibited!)

Aaa-aaaand, there's yet another artiversary to be celebrated this week: The beautifully designed & intelligently written art mag Hi-Fructose - one of the very few I can be bothered to buy and read these days - turns 3 this year! Yay!

To celebrate its infancy and the release of Vol. 8, the Fructosians cordially invite you to come to the opening party of their group show at Copro Nason in Santa Monica this Saturday between 8 and 11:30 PM.

And on that note, I'm off to Switzerland till Tuesday to see Sigur Rós, my beloved Lake Lucerne and hopefully one or the other glacier. Time for some fresh air.

Take care, you lot. See you soon.

Opens: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 8 - 11:30 PM

On show: July 12 - August 2, 2008

Featuring: Amy Sol, Brian Viveros, Chris Peters, Chris Ryniak, Dave Cooper, David Stoupakis, Esao Andrews, Jeff Soto, Jim Woodring, Josh Keyes, Kukula, Michael Page, Laurie Lipton, Ray Caesar, Stella Im Hultberg, Travis Louie, Yoskay Yamamoto, et al.

Address: Copro Nason Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, tel: 310-829-2156

Sneak peek

Exhibition preview now online!

Opening reception photos

Roq La Rue's 10th Anniversary Group Show, Seattle

by Suzanne on July 9th, 2008

CarSick by Ronald Kurniawan

Kirsten Anderson's avant-garde Roq la Rue gallery is turning ten this year. An admirable achievement which the gallery intends to celebrate with a group exhibition choke-full of eye candy by many talented artists.

The ever inspiring and impeccably tasteful Kirsten even started an art blog entirely dedicated to The 10th Anniversary Group Show. Weeeeeee!

Opens Friday, 6 - 9 PM. Further details below.

Congratulations, my dear Kirsten!

Opens: Friday, July 11, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

On show: July 11 - August 2, 2008

Opening hours: Weds & Thurs, 1 - 6 PM / Fri, 1 - 7 PM / Sat, 1 - 6 PM

Featuring: Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Scott Musgrove, Liz McGrath, Lori Earley, Ronald Kurniawan (pictured above), et al.

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

"A Benefit Show" at Fecal Face, S.F.

by Suzanne on July 9th, 2008

Portrait of the Artist - Chantal Menard by Shawn Barber, 2007

Lots of great group shows opening this weekend. Let's start with Fecal Face's Benefit Show opening tomorrow, 6 - 9 PM.

The gallery's statement:

"Together these artists represent a visual history of the site, a chronicle of a community and style that is the backbone of Fecal Face's content.

Displaying paintings, illustrations, photographs and mixed media works, "The Benefit Show" offers an affordable sampling of art by sought after artists both new and old to the site.

All proceeds go towards upcoming Fecal Face projects."

Opens: Tomorrow, July 10, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

Opening hours: Thurs & Fri, 4 - 8 PM / Sat & Sun, 12 - 6 PM

Featuring: Jeremy Fish, Gary Baseman, Andrew Schoultz, Shawn Barber (pictured above), Tiffany Bozic, Mars 1, Brendan Monroe, et al.

Address: Fecal Face, 66 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102, USA | Map

"Heroes & Villains" at White Walls & Shooting Gallery, SF

by Suzanne on July 6th, 2008

Liz McGrath by Tatiana Wills & Roman Cho

San Francisco's White Walls & Shooting Gallery (both located at Larkin St) will simultaneously be showing the touring Heroes & Villains exhibition next week.

This is a chance for all those who missed the show when it was presented at Corey Helford back in April.

Heroes & Villains is the photographic work of Tatiana Wills & Roman Cho who captured and documented the faces behind the so-called "Lowbrow/Pop Surrealism/New Fine Art/You Name It" art movement. (Yes, I hate using the word "movement" for something apolitical too, but unfortunately my frontal lobe has already drifted off to slumberland.)

And as ever so often, the Wurzeltodâ„¢ Award For Best Styling goes to the ever stunning & talented assemblage artist Elizabeth McGrath (pictured above - previously featured here, here & here) whose doe-eyed daintiness forever competes with her equally adorable oeuvre.

Opens: Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Artist reception: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 7 - 11 PM

On show: July 8 - 17, 2008

Addresses: White Walls, 835 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA, tel: 415 931 1500 | The Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA, tel: 415-931-8035

Juxtapoz preview

Junko Mizuno at Moshi Moshi in Portland/OR

by Suzanne on July 6th, 2008

Kappa Lady Botan by Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno seems determined to launch yet another gruesome attack on American taste buds and optic nerves with her devilishly cute nymphets from hell.

The Kappa Show opened at Moshi Moshi Gallery in Portland a few days ago and will be on show till August 5, 2008.

Junko Mizuno explains the title as follows:

"Kappa are water spirits in Japanese folklore, often depicted as tortoise-like humanoids with green skin, beaked faces and
shells on their backs.

A cavity on the top of their heads is filled with water and is said to be their vulnerable spot - when it's dry, they lose their energy and power. [...]

They are loved by people as a cute character despite the fact that they are rumored to drag humans into the water and pull out their guts through their anuses."

Sweet! o_O

On show: July 3 - August 5, 2008

Address: Moshi Moshi Gallery, 916 West Burnside, Portland Oregon 97209, USA, tel: (503) 227 8253.

Opening hours: Mon - Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM


Buy Kappa Lady Botan (c.f. above - if you have the odd $4,500 to spare...)

Artist's website

Opening reception pics