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Archive for March, 2009

Steven Kenny at Glass Garage, Hollywood: Last F**king Day!

by Suzanne on March 28th, 2009

Lewis Carroll as the White Rabbit by Steven Kenny, oil on panel, 2008 - click for details/larger view

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! Last day for you Hollywood people to see this utterly gorgeous exhibition featuring the breathtaking work of the inimitable Steven Kenny.

It's entitled Cryptohematology: Secrets In My Bloodline and I think the title really speaks for itself and doesn't need me convincing you that this is some seriously good stuff.

Now power-lace those Air McFly®s and ruuuuuuuuu-uuuuuuuun!

The Woodsman's Wife by Steven Kenny, oil on linen, 2008 - click for details/larger view

On show: January 24 - March 28, 2009

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Address: Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery, 414 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, USA, tel: 310-659-5228 | Map


Artist's website

Pieter Hugo & friends in Luxembourg

by Suzanne on March 27th, 2009

Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara by Pieter Hugo, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 - click for details/larger view

Next up is a deeply inspiring exhibition focussing on three young photographers and their visualisation of post-apartheid Africa.

The modestly titled 3 Stories show offers a photographic insight into life, love & death in some of the world's most underprivileged places captured by photographers Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky & Paolo Woods.

Abdullahi Mohammed with Gumu by Pieter Hugo, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 - click for details/larger view

No fancy shooting locations or Crewdsonesque mise-en-scènes, but honest and candid portraits of Mid- & South Africans (... and their fluffy pets!). Don't miss this exhibition if you happen to be in Luxembourg.

Opening reception: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 2.30 PM (artists will be in attendance!)

On show: March 29 - May 31, 2009

Hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 10 PM

Address: Display 01, Centre national de l'audiovisuel, 1b rue de Centenaire, L-3475 Dudelange, Luxembourg, tel: (+352) 52 24 24 1

Exhibition information

Photographers' websites: Pieter Hugo | Mikhael Subotzky | Paolo Woods

Chris Anthony at Corey Helford's L.A. Space: Opening this weekend

by Suzanne on March 26th, 2009

© Chris Anthony - click for details/larger view

Hmm... I don't know how I feel about Chris Anthony's new series of work which will go on show at Corey Helford's off-site space the day after tomorrow.

I'm sure these pictures from his Venice series look much better blown up to huge wall-filling formats on a gallery wall than on the interweb, yet it seems that my mind wants to see the depicted scenes animated rather than captured on film. I feel a slight frustration that I cannot hear the waves, smell the saltiness in the air, and feel the wetness of the protagonists' clothes and the cold sneaking into their bones.

© Chris Anthony - click for details/larger view

But maybe that's exactly what makes these photographs great? That the brain creates its own movie and soundtrack while the eyes look at a static image?

All you lucky L.A. bastards can go see Venice from Saturday onwards at Corey Helford's L.A. space.

All details below. Online preview will be on the gallery's website soon, my dears.

Opening reception: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 7 - 10 PM

On show: March 28 - April 18, 2009

Address: Corey Helford's L.A. Space, 6086 Comey Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA, tel: 310-287-2340

Press release

Artist's website

Fumetto Comics Festival Lucerne with Shary Boyle et al.

by Suzanne on March 26th, 2009

© Shary Boyle, 2006, polymer/night-glo clay, gouache - click for details/larger view

I'm pretty bummed right now that I didn't plan my bi-annual trip back to Helvetia a little earlier in time for Fumetto Comics Festival in Lucerne.

How could my favourite comics festival on earth possibly have slipped my mind?! I used to attend every single year... heck.. I was even the official FumettoBlogger® back in 07. o_O

They have a Shary Boyle show this year! SHARY BOYLE (previously featured here, here and here)! My favourite porcelain artist extraordinaire ever!

Oh, well, let this be a reminder to you Helvetian folks that you'd better go and have a look at all Fumetto 09 has to offer in my stead.

The festival opens this Saturday, March 28 and runs until April 5. Details below.

© Shary Boyle, 2004, porcelain, china paint - click for details/larger view

On show: Saturday, March 28 - April 5, 2009, 10 AM - 8 PM

Address: Fumetto, Festivalzentrum Kornschütte, Luzern, Switzerland

Exhibition schedule | General information

Tickets | Map

Whaleless at Strychnin Berlin: Opening tomorrow!

by Suzanne on March 26th, 2009

Anima by LostFish - click for details/larger view

I've never met a whale in person but being an Aquarian and a passionate bathtub diver, I've always had a deep fascination and admiration for creatures living in the oceans. As a matter of fact, I think I'd feel much better about most things in life if I lived in a little floating WiFi enabled! oxygen bubble at the bottom of the sea where time is only a faint memory, the sun doesn't shine, putrid smells of decadence and slow painful death couldn't reach me and sounds are miraculously subdued.

... and where bugging TV license people wouldn't knock on my door and demand £140 for my non-usage of a medium that fills me with much disgust and hatred every single day. Gah!

(Funeral) Procession for Childhood and Whales by Zaelia Bishop - click for details/larger view

Ermm.. anyway, my point is that whales are the greatest fucking mammals on this weird planet and that you can now support the efforts to protect those that are left of them by going to Strychnin Gallery Berlin and spend all your non-existing money on whale-related art. Weeeeeeeeee!

The Whaleless group show opens tomorrow, March 27 at 7 PM and will remain on show until April 12.

Featured artists include: LostFish (see top image), Zaelia Bishop (see middle image), Bethany Marchman, Catalina Estrada, Ryan Obermeyer, Aurelien Police, Nicoz Balboa, et al.

Opening reception: Friday, March 27, 2009, 7 PM

On show: March 27 - April 12, 2009

Address: Strychnin Gallery, Boxhagenerstrasse 36, D-10245 Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 30 9700 2035

Preview show | Flyer

Whaleless blog | Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society


by Suzanne on March 23rd, 2009

Minotauros. Defeated. by Suzanne G.

Hello. No time to post.

I got myself one of these Tumblr thingies where I frantically recycle pointless crap that I throw on my SpaceBook so that my brain doesn't explode with all the visual and aural input in these terribly fast, bright and loud times.

Information that's inspiring to me but doesn't deserve an entire post here on the almighty WurzelEmpire of Doom (... and Tentacles).

You can find it here, subscribe to its RSS or do whatever you want with it - as long as you don't frighten the horses. I don't wanna know the details. o_O

I'll be back writing here when they launch the 38-hour-day.

À plus tard, les enfants! x

Barnaby Barford's "The Good, The Bad, The Belle" at Spring Projects, London

by Suzanne on March 9th, 2009

Happy Meal (detail) by Barnaby Barford, 2009 - click for details/larger view

One of the great things about living in London is being surrounded by great art and galleries that dare to put on exhibitions with a twisted sense of humour.

Spring Projects is a gallery in an amazing industrial complex just behind the railway tracks in Kentish Town.

It opened only a year ago, but the current Barnaby Barford (previously featured here and here) exhibition shows that Spring has great a very refined bad taste and hopefully a long and healthy future as a gallery.

Family Feast (detail) by Barnaby Barford, 2009 - click for details/larger view

Oh, and their staff is simply irresistible and their no-bullshit approach to contemporary art could teach many galleries a lesson.

A must-visit!

Does that mean we're not getting any presents? (detail) by Barnaby Barford, 2009 - click for details/larger view

On show: February 27 - April 5, 2009

Address: Spring Projects, 10 Spring Place, London, NW5 3BH, UK


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Superschool at CoproNason: Opening tomorrow!

by Suzanne on March 7th, 2009

"Bull-Fight-Her" by Brian Viveros, oil & mixed media on maple board, 2009 - click for details/larger view

Sorry for the long absence - too much to post about and way too little time. And I'm afraid it will stay that way for the time being until things/life gets a bit less stressful.

However, a great show that's not to be missed opens its doors at CoproNason in Santa Monica tomorrow:

Superschool is curated by none other than Lola and features works by Brian Viveros, Scott Musgrove, Michael Page, Kris Lewis, Travis Louie, Gary Baseman, Heiko Müller, Chris Ryniak, Ana Bagayan, Mia, Dan Quintana, Tin and many, many more.

The reception is tomorrow, March 7, 8 - 11:30 PM. Further details below.

© Kris Lewis, 2009 - click for details/larger view

Opening reception: Saturday, March 7, 8 - 11:30 PM

On show: March 7 - 28, 2009

Address: CoproNason Gallery, Bergamot Station T5, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, tel: 310-829-2156

Preview show | Press release


"Prairie Boxer" by Scott Musgrove, mixed media, 2009 - click for details/larger view