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Archive for April, 2009


by Suzanne on April 27th, 2009

Lips Like A Heart by Jen Gotch (via Art & Ghosts)

I'm mainly over here these days, in case you've forgotten.

I don't know when I'll have time to post here again, so please don't be alarmed by my web absence.

Oh, and send more money and less H1N1!

Lots of love & vegan monkey brains,


- S.

Enchanted Doll at Villa Terrace, Milwaukee

by Suzanne on April 11th, 2009

Lavanya (detail) by Marina Bychkova

I don't think we ever had an exhibition announcement for a show in a proper villa, so here we go:

Doll artist extraordinaire Marina Bychkova (previously featured here and here) currently has a few of her stunning dolls on display at Villa Terrace in Milwaukee in a show entitled Enchanted Doll.

There's no preview online yet, but thankfully, Marina posted a few teaser images. Coincidentally, her Shape Shifter below features headgear rather similar to what I've been wearing recently. Sweeeeeeeet!

Shape Shifter (detail) by Marina Bychkova

On show: April 8 - June 7, 2009

Address: Villa Terrace - Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA, tel: (414) 271-3656 | Maps & Directions

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 1 - 5 PM

Entrance fee: $5 adults | $3 seniors/students

Artist's website



I lost loads of emails in the time from April 1st - 8th due to a problem with my WurzelServer®. If you sent me something during that time that needs an urgent response, please send it again.


The annual Easter Link Galore will probably be posted a day after Easter, as I've been way too busy and need to prepare for my journey to Helvetia.

Apologies for any inconveniences.

4x4 at Bo.Lee Gallery, Bath, UK

by Suzanne on April 5th, 2009

Lost in the Thicket by Nate Frizzell

A tiny little show featuring nothing more than four works by four different artists - appropriately entitled 4 by 4 - is currently on display at Bo.Lee Gallery in Bath.

Nate Frizzell is there, and so are the beautiful Mercedes Helnwein & Gill Rocca, as well as monsieur Jeffrey Beauchamp.

Show runs until May 2.

On show: April 4 - May 2, 2009

Address: Bo.Lee, 1 Queen Street (corner of Trim Street), Bath, BA1 1HE, United Kingdom, tel: +44 7970 492 858 | Map

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM (during exhibitions)

Preview show

Artists' websites: Nate Frizzell | Mercedes Helnwein | Jeffrey Beauchamp| Gill Rocca

Femke Hiemstra & A Whole Lot of Eye Candy at CoproNason, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on April 5th, 2009

Glamour Cat by Scott Musgrove, oil on board

Excellence in pop-surrealist eye candy can always be expected from the people behind Hi-Fructose and CoproNason Gallery, but I think they have outdone themselves yet again.

Overdose has just gone on show and features the works of such glorious artists as Alex Pardee, Brendan Danielsson, Chris Peters, Chet Zar, Chris Scarborough, Dan Quintana, Eric Fortune, Jason D'Aquino, Josh Keyes, Kris Kuksi (see image below), Kukula, Martin Wittfooth, Michael Page, Scott Musgrove (see image top), Travis Louie, Yosuke Ueno, Yoko d'Holdbachie to actually only name a few..

The Recreation by Kris Kuksi, mixed media assemblage

And as if this wasn't enough, Femke Hiemstra (see image bottom) has a solo show entitled The Herring's Hairdo in gallery #3. Weeeeeee!

On display till April 25. Details below.

On show: April 4 - 25, 2009

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

Preview Overdose show | Preview The Herring's Hairdo show | Press release Overdose | Press release The Herring's Hairdo


Concours De Popularité by Femke Hiemstra, mixed media book cover

Alexandra Vogt at Künstlerhaus Marktoberdorf, Germany

by Suzanne on April 5th, 2009

© Alexandra Vogt

Yaaay! It's such a joyous day for getting carried away in massive web arguments with trolls I didn't even know are reading my blog (hey, it's an honour!), so we will therefore happily continue with the animal theme! ;)

Alexandra Vogt is a young German photographer and visual storyteller fascinated by.. well.. horses, quite obviously.

Some of these photographs might seem weird, obsessive and in some cases even degrading to animals, but take a second look, scratch a little beyond the surface and you'll discover that it's actually the exact opposite.

© Alexandra Vogt

Alexandra has perfectly captured that delicate and ambivalent relationship between rider and horse. Her exhibition MyPonyPlay has (unsurprisingly) received quite some negative criticism in the media, but to me, she's a visionary and I'm glad that one small museum in Germany feels the same and had the courage and determination to devote her and her horses an exhibition - including an open opinion/research blog.

On show until April 12 at Künstlerhaus Marktoberdorf. Details below.

On show: April 4 - 12, 2009

Hours: Thu - Sun/Bank holidays: 2 - 7 PM. Closed over Easter.

Entrance fee: €5 (€3 concessions)

Address: Künstlerhaus Marktoberdorf, Kemptener Straße 5, D-87616 Marktoberdorf, Germany, tel: +49 8342 918 337 | Map & directions

MyPonyPlay Blog

Artist's website

Public Service Announcement For Carnivore Readers

by Suzanne on April 5th, 2009

I've had enough. I've been patient, I've let you all get away with your ridiculous excuses for your careless and hedonistic behaviour, I've lived with a "freedom of choice" lie for almost 20 years, but enough is enough:

Stop eat f**king meat, you massive idiots (apart from human meat to reduce overpopulation - I think I endorse cannibalism)!

You have no idea how angry you carnivores make me on a daily basis and how sick I get when I walk down Bethnal Green Road on Sunday mornings on my way to work carefully trying not to walk over chicken bones and greasy boxes reading "Mmm.. yummy chicken!".

I can only hope that somewhere out there on another planet in our galaxy, alien life forms eat fried humans from boxes labeled "Ooooh.. crunchy humans!" and leave our bones lying around on their pavements. We surely deserve it!

But you know what's really wrong? Seeing pigeons - yes, those city pigeons we all hate ignoring the fact that we brought their overpopulation problem upon ourselves by domesticating them - feeding on the remains of chicken that you carnivores left behind. Pigeons eating chickens. Lovely. Well done you.

Do you actually ever THINK about what you do when you eat meat (environmentally, economically and ethically speaking)? I know that most of you are not stupid, probably just spoilt, wohlstandsverwöhnt. And please spare me those lazy excuses like "oh, but I need the proteins and the iron!" I've had an iron deficiency too and I've been anemic, but there are plenty of vegetables around that have more iron than meat, plus you can take food supplements.

So stop making excuses, activate your brain and get creative!

Otherwise, I'll have to declare total thermonuclear war on you guys.

Thank you and goodbye.

I'm gonna watch Ghostbusters now and will ignore your "yes, but" replies.


Sascha Renninger says:

if you believe in the myth of overpolpulation and it makes you oh so angry and hateful:

why don't you k*ll yourself? The world can do without just another fanatic, wouldnt you agree? Then why don't you leave it behind?

That was just a suggestion, maybe it makes you feel better to leave this dreadful world behind

I cannot endorse cannibalism, since people like you probably taste awfully bitter anyway.

James Jean Post n° 898618275

by Suzanne on April 4th, 2009

Toymaker by James Jean, 2008

Oh, quelle surprise! It's another post about the miraculously talented James Jean (previously featured here, here, here, here & everywhere)!

He, Kent Williams and eight other very fine young gentlemen/-women (I'm just assuming that; they could be vile cavemen/-women with no table manners, for all I know!) have joined forces for A Certain Amount of Uncertainties - a group show at TakeAwayArtGallery in Brussels, Belgium.

Crickets by James Jean

Belgium?! Yes, Belgium. A country that does indeed have some great exhibitions every now and then, but sadly totally sucks at making chocolate. But a blog sponsored by the Swiss Tourist Board has to say that, I guess.

James will present his new Wave II painting and the two works posted here to the public.

The show opened this evening and runs until April 12.

Anyway... enough posting for today - this is getting ridiculous. Particularly because no-one's replying anymore.

Night night.

On show: April 4 - 12, 2009

Hours: weekdays: 4 - 8 PM, weekends: 2 - 7 PM

Address: AA Docks, Internationalelaan 7, 1070 Brussels, Belgium

Artist's website

Francesca Woodman retrospective at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2009

© Francesca Woodman

If I had one wish in this world dominated by quick, generic and often rather uninspiring digital photography clogging up our precious webspace, it would be to bring Francesca Woodman back to life.

She committed suicide in 1981 at the age of 22 by jumping out of a loft window in New York, but for me, her works have only grown in their eroticism and thanatal (I wrote it, therefore it's a word now!) attraction since.

© Francesca Woodman

Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh devotes this prodigy of black & white self-portraiture a well-deserved retrospective simply entitled Francesca Woodman featuring 27 painfully beautiful silver gelatin prints of her evocative work. I think she would like it.

On show: April 3 - June 13, 2009

Hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Address: Ingleby Gallery, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DL, Scotland, tel: + 44 (0) 131 556 4441 | Map & Directions

Press release | Artist's biography

'Interface: Nature' at NURTUREart, Brooklyn

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2009

The Dodo and Mauritius Island, Imaginary Encounters by Harri Kallio, 2001-2004

An artist who devotes his precious time creating faux dodos (dodi? o_O) to make us believe that they still exist and frolic in the beautiful landscape of the Mauritius Island surely deserves my attention and blog space.

And for those who may think "God, what a waste of time!", well, how long do you think it'll take us greedy human bastards to eliminate hundreds and thousands of other marvellous species that future generations will never ever get to see?

Keeping our planet's bio-diversic heritage alive in an artistic form is a very honorable task, I believe.

And dodos rock.

The Dodo and Mauritius Island, Imaginary Encounters by Harri Kallio, 2001-2004

So if you're in Brooklyn, please go see Harri Kallio and fellow artists presenting their work in a group show called Interface: Nature at NURTUREart. Opens tonight. Details below.

Opening reception: Tonight, Friday, April 3, 7 - 9 PM

On show: April 3 - May 9, 2009

Hours: 12 - 6 PM

Address: NURTUREart, 910 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206, New York, USA, tel: 718-782-7755 |  Map

Artist's website

Berlinde De Bruyckere's 'We Are All Flesh' at Hauser & Wirth, London

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2009

We Are All Flesh by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2009

Berlinde de Bruyckere is one of those artists it took me forever to warm up to.

I first quite literally bumped into her sculptures back when I worked at the lofty Hauser & Wirth in Zurich and the waxy smell and creepy texture of her works always left me feeling terribly uncomfortable. But her sculptures kept haunting me and over time, I began to see her artistic genius and today, I'm an ardent lover of her oeuvre.

We Are All Flesh by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2009

I introduced her work to Alex in Lucerne on one perfect autumn day in 2007 and followed her career ever since - devouring all the information I could gather.

Now, the London division of my previous employer is presenting Berlinde's olfactory work in conjunction with oil paintings by the Baroque Neapolitan artist Luca Giordano (works courtesy of P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd.) in a show entitled We Are All Flesh.

Looks yummy!

On show: April 2 - May 2, 2009

Hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM | Closed over Easter (April 10 - 13)

Address: Hauser & Wirth London, 15 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4AX, UK | Map

List of works | Installation views | Press release