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Archive for December, 2010

Marion Peck & Brad Woodfin at Sloan Fine Art, New York

by Suzanne on December 20th, 2010

Good Christian Children by Marion Peck, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

'Tis possibly the stupidest of all times to post this, as Sloan remains closed from today, Dec 20 until Jan 4, but sensible timing was never my strength.

I must admit that I'm really not that excited by most of the work featured in What You Are, So Once Were We and I honestly can't make out much artistic progress in Marion's portraits over the past few years, but I always enjoyed her weirdly enticing landscapes with their naïve perspective and clear-cut, exposed narrative. So, personally speaking, I would really just go and see this show for Good Christian Children - which you all are anyway.

I also remain in a constant state of puzzlement as to who does what in the Peck/Ryden art factory.

Talking about factories: Marion's new hardbound monograph, Animal Love Summer is now available through Thee Porterhouse Empire (ov Doom).

Also exhibiting at Sloan's project space is Brad Woodfin whose menagerie of perturbed animals emerging from the dark looks techniqually way more interesting. You can preview Brad's The Strangers show here.

Now make yourselves useful and go buy me this macaroon maker, this box 'o shirts, this bambi skirt, this hardwood Victorinox knife, this first aid kit, this wallpaper and this monograph for x-mess. Bitteschön. Dankeschön.

On show: Dec 16, 2010 - Feb 5, 2011

Address: Sloan Fine Art, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, tel: 212.477.1140 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 12 - 6 PM

Preview show | Flyer | Buy monograph

Artist's website

Two Important Sunday Thoughts From Our Friends Slavoj And Werner

by Suzanne on December 19th, 2010

(Slavoj Žižek on toilets and ideology)

([Faux] Werner Herzog reads Twas The Night Before Christmas)

Please also make sure to check out Werner Herzog Reads "Where Is Waldo?". It's a masterpiece.

Okay, carry on children.

New Alexander Korzer-Robinson book sculptures!

by Suzanne on December 14th, 2010

Family Book by Alexander Korzer-Robinson, cut medical book, ca. 1910, 25cm x 18cm x 4cm - click to enlarge

In a time when lasers cut everything with maximum precision and zero blood, sweat 'n' tears, people like Alexander Korzer-Robinson are an endangered sub-species so it is with great pleasure that I present you his new works!

May I say that considering the amount of time, nerves, plasters & Savlon® involved, these books are an absolute steal and I would buy them all if I had enough cash monehs. Just saying.

You can discuss the Master of the Scalpel's dissected books and other bibliophile matters over on The WurzelForum®

Stephen Appleby-Barr & friends at Narwhal, Toronto

by Suzanne on December 14th, 2010

Deeble by Stephen Appleby-Barr, oil on canvas, 2008

Meh... I'm not too sure about The Unicorn show's purpose. Seems rather kitschy/crafty/pre-x-mess consumerist to me, BUT I'm mentioning it here anyway because a) it's sweet to waste everyone's web time and b) it has some works by Stephen Appleby-Barr (previously featured here and here) who makes creeptastic portraits in it.

So I wouldn't necessarily travel the world to go see The Unicorn - A Gathering of Magic, but if you're in Toronto anyway, head down to Narwhal.

Young Deeble by Stephen Appleby-Barr, oil on canvas, 2008

On show: Dec 10 - 31, 2010

Address: Narwhal, 680 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON, Canada M6J 1E5, tel: 647.346.5317

Gallery hours: Mon - Wed: by appointment | Thurs - Sat 12- 6 PM | Sun 12 -5 PM

Preview show

Artist's portfolio

"Hard Apple" by The Hanukas & Junji Ito's "Thing That Drifted Ashore"

by Suzanne on December 14th, 2010

From Hard Apple by Tomer & Asaf Hanuka, 2010 - click to enlarge

Twin brothers Tomer and Asaf Hanuka are the type of artists who disappear from the internets every once in a while only to resurface months later with something truly beautiful and epic.

From Hard Apple by Tomer & Asaf Hanuka, 2010 - click to enlarge

This time, they've been working on an animated series based on the crime novels of Jerome Charyn entitled Hard Apple.

The artworks are pencilled by Asaf and coloured by Tomer and I guess it's rather evident that I'm particularly enamoured with the meta art in the second picture.

As these pictures are only development stages, you can surely imagine that the finished project will be quite a blast.

In mildly related comics news, a huge thank you to the great Aeron of MonsterBrains fame for scanning Thing That Drifted Ashore by Junji Ito. You can (and should!) read the whole thing here.

From Thing That Drifted Ashore by Junji Ito - click to read manga

The WurzelForum® is back

by Suzanne on December 9th, 2010

Ex Libris by K Shimamura - as featured in the Symbiosis thread on the WurzelForum® - click to enlarge

For those of you who haven't noticed yet from the feed appearing in the sidebar: Yes, Thee WurzelForum ov Doom. And Tentacles is back too.

Please bear in mind that some of the image material has disappeared mainly because Tumblr changed their hotlinking policies and codes so please don't report every single red x to me.

If you can't remember your old username, password or the email address you originally subscribed from, get in touch and I'll retrieve it for you.

Here are some of our most recent discussions:


Glass jellyfish, squid, flowers and other marvels...

Vania Zouravliov: "Vania"


Girls With Video Games & Other Geek Erotica

Companion animals - beauty and beast together

... and of course the two award-winning...

Cephalopoda Erotica Thread

The Official Vatican Pin-Up & Holy Fashion Thread


Jonas Burgert's Lebendversuch at Kunsthalle Tübingen

by Suzanne on December 8th, 2010

Gift gegen Zeit by Jonas Burgert, oil on canvas, 2009 - click to enlarge

One of the most memorable art discoveries I made this year was undoubtedly Jonas Burgert's gigantic medicine man works of vibrant madness and uncensored genius. I first came face-to-canvas with one of his works at a horribly curated show at Haunch of Venison (that was apparently too embarrassing to be listed in their exhibition archive) and his visions have pleasantly haunted my mind ever since.

So if you happen to live/find yourself in Tübingen, Germany, please don't miss his Lebendversuch show at the Kunsthalle.

Opening reception is this Saturday at 6 PM and the works will be on display until early March 2011. Further details below.

Oh, and, in totally unrelated news, the prestigious Blog ov Thee Day Award goes to: Kim Jong-il Looking at Things

Kalk by Jonas Burgert, oil on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

On show: Dec 11, 2010 - Mar 6, 2011

Address: Kunsthalle Tübingen, Philosophenweg 76, 72076 Tübingen, Germany, tel.: +49 (0) 70 71 / 96 91 0 | Directions

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM – 6 PM

Entrance fee: €6

Preview show | Catalogue

Artist's website


by Suzanne on December 2nd, 2010

OH HAI and ♆ΞⓁ☪▼♏ to the HipsterHaus® by Wurzeltod, 2010

Well, I said I would fill this blog with content again, didn't I?

I decided to merge my blog here with my Tumblr there and imported the latter so please apologise the horrible layout mishaps.

It's all about the content, not the form. However, if someone does happen to know how to auto-adjust the image width in 2000+ imported Tumblr posts and maybe figure out* what the heck is wrong with my post permalinks (no, I don't think I've actually published 2 billion posts yet) without me having to get my monkey slaves in, please get in touch. Ta!

Give me a few days to get used to this WordPress thingie again, and I'll be posting everything from here like in the olden days.

Over and out.


- Suzanne

* EDIT: Thanks for the help, Wedge Faraway!

by suzanne_tumblr on December 1st, 2010

Perfect Happiness by Michael Caines, oil on panel

On view until the end of the month at Katherine Mulherin in Toronto, Canada. 

by suzanne_tumblr on December 1st, 2010

Schlafende Ariadne by Michael Triegel, mixed media on canvas, 2010

On show - together with his totally creepy portrait of Ratzi - at Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany, until February 6, 2011