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Archive for November, 2008

Laurie Hogin at Schroeder Romero Gallery & Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

by Suzanne on November 16th, 2008

Diorama with Palliated Species by Laurie Hogin, oil on canvas, 2007 - click for details/larger view

Hmm.. why is it that I always forget to announce exhibitions I actually get snail mail invites for?!

The lovely Laurie Hogin sent me a flyer to her new twin NYC shows a few weeks ago and even though I'm afraid it's now too late for the artist receptions, you're still warmly invited to go and marvel at her impressive, luxurious & psychedelic work.

There's something ever so nicely organised about Laurie's fauna and flora. No matter how opulent her colour palette and how vivid the grimacing of the portrayed creatures gets, her animals mostly come in packs of two or three - almost as if they were waiting for Noah to open the bridge to the Ark, where they would probably take LSD, wave glow sticks in each others' faces till the break of dawn and then watch the strangely calming missiles rise in the distant sky.

Anyway, come for the rainbow-coloured animal and mushroom psychedelia, stay for the fireworks and surface-to-air missiles.

Monkey Brains is on show at the Schroeder Romero Gallery until January 10, 2009 and - at the same time - Laurie's work is presented in the even more aptly titled Neuromantic Evening, Psychotropical Paradise at Littlejohn Contemporary through January 3, 2009. Both galleries are in NYC. Further details below.

Diorama with Endless Desires by Laurie Hogin, oil on canvas, 2008 - click for details/larger view


On show: November 13, 2008 - January 10, 2009

Opening times: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM, and by appointment

Address: Schroeder Romero Gallery, 637 West 27th Street, Ground Floor, Between 11th and 12th Avenues, New York, USA, tel: 212 630 0722

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Neuromantic Evening, Psychotropical Paradise at LITTLEJOHN CONTEMPORARY

On show: November 14, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Opening times: Wed - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM by appointment

Address: Littlejohn Contemporary, 249 East 32 Street, New York, USA, tel: 212-988-4890

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Folkert de Jong at James Cohan, Shanghai, China

by Suzanne on November 14th, 2008

Double Happiness by Folkert de Jong, styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, pearls, 2008

Folkert de Jong's Thousand Years Business As Usual opens at James Cohan Gallery in Shanghai tonight.

It has always deeply impressed me how de Jong can turn styrofoam into charismatic animals whose grotesqueness could easily compete with some of the creatures in Francisco de Goya's Caprichos.

Usual Business by Folkert de Jong, styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, 2008

Opening reception: Tonight, Friday November 14, 2008

On show: November 14, 2008 - January 17, 2009

Opening times: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sun: 12 - 6 PM, Mon: by appointment

Address: James Cohan Gallery, 1/F Building 1, No.1 Lane, 170 Yue Yang Road, Shanghai 200031, China, tel: (86)

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Closing Soon: Andy Kehoe & Co. at Black Maria

by Suzanne on November 14th, 2008

The Flood Brings Curious Encounters by Andy Kehoe, 2008

Final chance to see the works of Andy Kehoe - a.k.a. Maurice Sendak's evil twin - at Black Maria Gallery in L.A.

Closing: Tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, 2008

Address: Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA, tel: 323.660.9393 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat, 12 - 6 PM (or by appointment)

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Artist's website


I) Venerable Monsieur Craoman from Rouen, Normandie, sends the best hand-drawn letters. Fullstop. But see for yourself:

© Craoman

Oh, and that's also my current address for fanpantiesmail.

II) I could listen to the Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders theme tune forever and ever. It brings back so many childhood memoreeeeeeez.

III) I might have a little crush on this girl, her graceful left eyebrow, her giant bow and of course her jar of deformed foeti. Very attractive.


by Suzanne on November 7th, 2008

© Suzanne G. - click to enlarge

No time for this blog thingie at the moment - busy commuting into London, working, drinking yummy A Taste of Bitter Love soy cappuccino, sucking cherry lollipops, reading comics on the journey home (very much into Ed Brubaker again these days), eating (thanks Alex for being the world's best vegan cook!), sleeping and the same procedure over and over again.

Today, some ageless, cartoonishly skinny guy in Cheap Mondays half my size working at 2 Columbia Road said I look like his favourite fluorescent action figure from the 80s and that made me very happy.

I can't believe it's November already.

It'll be Christmas soon and in no time I'll be 30.

To be honest, I never thought I'd make it this far.

But all is well, I have a pair of clean socks and underwear left and I'll be back here soonish.


Gratias ago

by Suzanne on November 5th, 2008

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of the US of A for voting responsibly and the Academy for this shiny award.

In deep respect and admiration,

- S.