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Archive for February, 2009

Too MUCH, you say?! o_O

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2009

Sheesh.. the interweb is a scary place..

I'll be hiding in the bedroom cupboard (where I'll have WiFi connection) for the next few hours until 28 Days Later and The Pianist are on. Gah.. will Channel4 and ITV3 ever synch their evening schedules once they're not screening reruns and show less commercials, please?

In other news, we have new James Jean art up on our walls. Weeeee!

© Wurzeltod® - click for details/larger view

Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor at David Salow Gallery, L.A.

by Suzanne on February 20th, 2009

No Names by Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor, mixed media, 2008 - click for details/larger view

... and while we're on the subject of recycled mixed media art: Elisabeth Higgins O'Conner is currently presenting her No Names sculpture series at David Salow Gallery in L.A.

Elisabeth's work will make you want to plunder your wardrobe, cut open your leather sofa and get super creative with scissors and sewing needles.

It will be on show until the end of February. Details below.

No Names (detail) by Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor, mixed media, 2008 - click for details/larger view

Closing: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Address: David Salow Gallery, 977 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA, tel: 213.620.0240

Hours: Tue - Wed: 11 AM - 5 PM, Thu - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Preview show | Press release | Bio

Artist's website

Scott Fife at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago: Final Week!

by Suzanne on February 17th, 2009

Wer Wulf by Scott Fife, 2007, cardboard, glue, screws - click for details/larger view

I have a slight crush on art made from recycled materials these days, so I guess I'm not the most unbiased person when I say that Scott Fife's cardboard busts are simply miraculous and otherworldly.

However, I'm sure you'll agree with me that no artist has ever caught Abe's punk alter ego better than Scott - and that alone secures him a place in the Annals of Wurzeltod™ Art History®.

Abe Lincoln by Scott Fife, 2009, cardboard, glue, screws and pigment - click for details/larger view

If you're in Chicago, you can go explore Scott's show until Saturday, February 21, at Tony Wight Gallery. Further details below.

Closing: February 21, 2009

Address: Tony Wight Gallery, 119 North Peoria Street #2C, Chicago, IL 60607, USA, tel: 312.492.7261 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 5 PM

Preview show | Press release | Bio

Time-lapse video of artistic process

L'hiver du coeur

by Suzanne on February 14th, 2009

Another year has passed in the twinkling of an eye, and I have finally entered the 3rd decade of my little existence on this strange, strange planet.

I'd like to take this solemn moment to wish you and your loved ones a very special and memorable Valentine's Day - may you enjoy some of the little heartshaped gems posted below! x


Fencing Girl (via VintagePhoto) - click for details/larger view

Short Films & Videos

Valentine's Day (by Ze Frank)

Absinthe & Women (by Strindberg & Heeeeeelium)

Flowers (by Emilie Simon)

Us (by Regina Spektor)

Heartstopper (by Emiliana Torrini)

Coin-Operated Boy (by The Dresden Dolls)

Wishful Thinking (by The Ditty Bops)

Viðrar vel til loftárása (by Sigur Rós)

Isobel | Bachelorette | All Is Full of Love | Jóga (by Björk)

Where The Wild Roses Grow (by Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue)

Making Fiend's Val Day Special (by Amy Winfrey)

Cupid's Last Stand (by Skary)

I Love Death | Doorsteps (by Lodger)

Valentine (by The Art of Bleeding)

I Love You (by Rob Manuel)


Ninja Cupido (by TokiDoki)

Valentine Smoochie (by Happy Tree Friends)


Fearless Little Love Poems (by BeetleBlue)

Valentine Assemblage Piece (by Nicole McConville)

• WurzelStockâ„¢ Valentine Images: Married to the Sea | David Ho | Evi Numen | Jenni Tapanila | Heidi Calvert | Alex Garcia | Dan McCarthy


Italy mystery of prehistoric hug (by BBC)

Latest Bin Laden Videotape Wishes America 'A Crappy Valentine's Day' (by The Onion)


A Very Star Wars Valentines (by Something Awful)

Bittersweetsâ„¢ (by Despair, Inc.)

I you, my Alex...

Tin & mates at Black Maria Gallery, L.A.

by Suzanne on February 14th, 2009

Vaccinating Villains by Tin, 2009 - click for details/larger view

A sweet, unpretentious little show entitled Muses is currently on display at Black Maria Gallery.

It features works by Kendra Binney, Jeremiah Ketner & Tin (see image above) and will remain on view until the end of the month.

On show: February 7 - 28, 2009

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

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Preview show

Artist's website

Le grandiose monsieur Ray Caesar à Paris!

by Suzanne on February 13th, 2009

Mourning Glory by Ray Caesar - click for details/larger view

Wurzeltod® art patron saint and email poet extraordinaire Ray Caesar (featured here, here, here, here and everywhere... because I can!) currently offers French art lovers the chance to see some of his most recent works at the heavenly Magda Danysz gallery in Paris.

The show opened last week and the works will be on show until March 4.

Allons, les enfants!

On show: February 7 - March 4, 2009

Address: Galerie Magda Danysz, 78, Rue Amelot, Paris 11, France, tel. : +33 (0)1 45 83 38 51 | Map & Directions

Hours: Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 7 PM, Sat: 2 - 7 PM

Preview show | Flyer

Monkeys on the Loose in Frankfurt!

by Suzanne on February 7th, 2009

Monkey Before Skeleton by Gabriel Cornelius von Max, undated - click for details/larger view

Next week, the world will once again celebrate the birthdays of two most illustrious historic figures: Alex CF and me Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin. And rightly so. These two gentlemen have done so much more good for politics and science than the generations after them managed to destroy again.

Like many institutions worldwide - with London's Natural History Museum leading the way - The Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt celebrates Darwin's 200th birthday in a very special way, by bringing art and science together. The Kunsthalle composed an amazing show with fine examples of - both then and now - groundbreaking art, presenting amongst others some of my favourite scientific artists ever: Ernst Haeckel, Martin Johnson Heade and the marvellous Gabriel Cornelius von Max (see image above).

Evolutionär! opened yesterday and will remain on display until May 2009.

Charles Robert Darwin by M. B. Messer, 1912 - click for details/larger view

On show: February 5 - May 3, 2009

Address: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg, D-60311 Frankfurt, Germany, tel: +49.69.29 98 82-0 | Map

Hours: Tue, Fri - Sun: 10 AM - 7 PM, Wed - Thu: 10 AM - 10 PM

Admission fee: € 8 | € 6 concessions

Press release | Press movie | Preview works


Levi Van Veluw at Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands

by Suzanne on February 6th, 2009

Hair by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

Every once in a while, I get nice mail from inspiring folks. The other day, the great Levi van Veluw wrote in a very short and Dutch manner:

"Want to let you know that  I will present new work at Art Rotterdam.

Including a large fiberglass sculpture (2,5 meter).

I hope you have time to visit the exhibition."

Of course I neither have time nor money to go visit, Levi, but I'll introduce your work to my beloved readers - in Holland and all over this glorious interweb.

Blocks (left) and Carpet (right) by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

Hoevelaken-born Levi van Veluw has a somewhat unhealthy artistic obsession with his face.

But maybe we'd all paint, plaster and glue stuff on our faces if we'd look like Patrick Bateman. Hell, I definitely would do such incredible naughtiness to my own face!

From ballpoint pens to felt and hair, Levi has decorated and adorned his angelic face in the most exquisite microcosmic manner and documented the process in ever so minute and tidy semi-profile photographs.

Natural transfer II (left) and Landscape I (right) by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

His work is proof that the human body is indeed the most exciting canvas and we look forward to seeing ever more facescapes develop on Levi's skin.

So if you, gentle reader, happen to be in Rotterdam right now, don't miss seeing some of his new works at Art Rotterdam. Details below.

Gravel by Levi van Veluw, 2007 - click for details/larger view

On show: February 5 - 8, 2009

Address: Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Directions

Hours: Thu - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM

Admission fee: € 15 | € 12,50 after 5 PM

Artist's website

In other most urgent news, it's my birthday soon - my thirtieth, nonetheless - and yes, you may indeed buy me presents again because you love me:

Etsy wishlist

Amazon wishlist UK

Amazon wishlist US

I still haven't received that iPhone you promised me for Christmas, nor world peace, for what it's worth.