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I should wear more white.

by Suzanne on March 19th, 2010


The White Wurzel Queen (well, that's what I'll call it anyway!) by Lotekk, 2010 - click to enlarge

Thanks, Lotekk. This definitely creeped the living shit out of me on my daily unsuspecting journey through my RSS feeds. o_O

Shame (but no surprise) it's such a disgrace of a movie and even WORSE, the guy at the Barbican wanted the 3D glasses back. Pffft.

P.S.: These even look like my hands, but I cannot recall ever having taken a picture of my hands. Where the hell did you source them from?! I have my bare paws floating around on the interwebs?! PARAAANOOOIAAAA! O_o

Chiharu Shiota & Jitish Kallat at Haunch of Venison, London

by Suzanne on March 18th, 2010


The Astronomy of the Subway (detail) by Jitish Kallat, resin, steel, 2009

It's been another epic Art Thursday. I'm so happy that I don't have weekends, but Wednesdays and Thursdays off. This way, I get to see the best art in town with no-one around AND I get to go to SpitFields Antiques Market. Weeeeeeee!

I was thinking of maybe turning my Art Thursdays into little tours so that other art enthusiasts could join me, but alas, I have way too many ideas to improve this metropolis with a dose of Wurzelness already but too little time. Anyways, it's something to keep in mind... free WurzelArt® Thursdays. Yessir.

Anyways, after buying my yet tiniest doll at SpitFields, I headed off to the Gagosian, Alison Jacques Gallery and finally Haunch of Venison.


One Place (detail) by Chiharu Shiota, 400 windows (Eastside of Berlin), 2010

I would like to selfishly take this opportunity to manifest once and for all that I absolutely hate going to the Gagosian because of its ridiculous subliminal haute couture dress code and 3 security guards per room. Yes, I do look like a tramp, Larry, my dear, but I do admire your collection greatly and for one believe that interchangeable noir designer fashion has absolutely NADA to do with great art, so why don't you GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK and stop treating me like a terrorist for once just because I don't wear YSL and actually have a brain where your vacuous employees have a bottomless perfume reservoir. The reason why I get close up with your art is because I need to figure out how things are MADE! I'm analytic and thorough like that. SRSLY, your place is beginning to piss me off epically and I don't need a guy to open the door for me. It's retarded very passé.

Anyways, more about the actual show later. There were two of my favourite Bellmers, so yes, it was rather sweet.

Kudos to Alison Jacques for handing out free exhibition posters. These things always make me come back. I'm a sucker for freebies. Particularly if it's a depiction of a skeleton and a naked woman. Yay! More about their Ana Mendieta exhibition later too.


During Sleep by Chiharu Shiota, black wool, bed, 2010

So on to the best show of the day which was Chiharu Shiota at Haunch of Venison who exhibited alongside Jitish Kallat (top picture).

I missed her twice and was overjoyed to make it this time. And I wasn't disappointed.

HoV's vast, kafkaesque rooms were completely empty so I found myself very small and exposed standing in the middle of During Sleep (see above).

There's a lot of bullshit labelled as "existentialist art", but this is the real deal. Shiota's installations change your heartbeat, remind you of long forgotten childhood incidences in the forest and stop your breath. This was the most dreamlike, most fragile, most painful, most saddening exhibition I've ever seen. You stumble through During Sleep and you come out different in space and time and experience.

I remember Stéphane Blanquet doing something very similar to my psyche with his bedroom installation Beautycity at Fumetto 07 (my article in German) and most recently Alice Anderson with her Alice in Wonderland hair claustrophobica at Riflemaker (more later!), but Shiota reached deeper, maybe because my dream bedrooms are very similar to hers and I often dream about being very small and caught up in a ball of yarn and growing ever smaller and smaller and rooms expanding like lungs around me, forever inhaling.

So there I was, standing in my very own dream, 5 minutes from Piccadilly Circus at 2 PM.


Trauma / Alltag (dress) by Chiharu Shiota, steel frame, wool thread, plaster paint, dress, 2009

I love this city.

And I love my signed and numbered edition of Insecticides by Mat Collishaw for £25. Yay!

On show: February 19 - March 27, 2010

Address: Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET, UK, tel: +44(0)20 7495 5050 | Map

Gallery hours: Mon - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM

Admission: Free

Featured artists: Chiharu Shiota & Jitish Kallat

Online preview

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

Trauma / Alltag (Dress) by Chiharu Shiota, steel frame, wool thread, plaster paint, dress, 2009 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s West Galleries, London, until March 27.

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

During Sleep by Chiharu Shiota, black wool, bed 2010 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s West Galleries, London, until March 27.

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

One Place (detail) by Chiharu Shiota, 400 windows (Eastside of Berlin), 2010 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s West Galleries, London, until March 27.

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

Annexation (detail) by Jitish Kallat, painted black lead and steel, 2009 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s East Galleries, London, until March 27

by suzanne_tumblr on March 18th, 2010

The Astronomy of the Subway (detail) by Jitish Kallat, resin, steel, 2009 - on show at Haunch of Venison’s East Galleries, London, until March 27

Ray Caesar et al. at Jonathan LeVine's Anniversary Show

by Suzanne on March 17th, 2010


Arabesque by Ray Caesar, 2009

March seems to be the month for anniversary shows.

In Berlin, Strychnin just celebrated the 7 Year Itch, in Santa Monica, Hi-Fructose Magazine is currently holding celebrations for its 5th birthday (more later) and in New York, Jonathan LeVine who started out in Philly with Tin Man Alley, celebrates 5 years of hard slave work for the lowbrow / pop-surrealist / neo-fantastic / eye-candy / super-flat / christ-i-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore art.

The line-up is impressive and eclectic, to say the least. From urban art luminaries such as Blek Le Rat, Shepard Fairey, Calma and Invader over to sculpture and assemblage art represented by Adam Wallacavage and AJ Fosik on to the "classics" of christ-i-don't-know-what-to-call-it-anymore art like Ray Caesar, Ron English, Xiaoqing Ding, Scott Musgrove, Dave Cooper, Gary Baseman, Esao Andrews, Isabel Samaras, James Jean and further on to the phantasmagoric horrorscapes of Chris Mars and the subculture photo-realism of Dan Witz.

So yes, there's something for everyone!

... and hopefully, CAEK! (^_^)


Returns of the Day by Ray Caesar, 2009

On show: February 27 - March 27, 2010

Address: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212-243-3822 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Featured artists (selection): Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Andrew Brandou, Andy Kehoe, Chris Mars, Dan Witz, Dave Cooper, Eric White, Erik Mark Sandberg, Esao Andrews, Gary Baseman, Isabel Samaras, James Jean, Miss Van, Ray Caesar, Ron English, Scott Musgrove, Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma), Xiaoqing Ding

Preview & opening photos

... and in totally unrelated news, I'm relieved and happy to say that I finally found the perfect male homo sapiens sapiens: Voilà! Sexeh!

by suzanne_tumblr on March 17th, 2010

Arabesque by Ray Caesar, 2009 - on show at Jonathan LeVine’s 5th anniversary show until March 27, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on March 17th, 2010

Returns of the Day by Ray Caesar, 2009 - on show at Jonathan LeVine’s 5th anniversary show until March 27, 2010