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Archive for January, 2011

Suggestivism feat. Esao Andrews, Alex Gross, Kris Lewis et al. in Santa Ana

by Suzanne on January 31st, 2011

The Twenty by Alex Gross, oil on panel, 2003

I'm not sure whether I'm just announcing this exhibition to post some old-timey favourites of mine, but hey, Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein? Well, it depends on things like age, species, consent, I guess...

But anyways, following the recent trend of artist-curated group shows (I know you were expecting a rant here, but it's actually something I've really enjoyed seeing so far), Nathan Spoor brings Suggestivism to Santa Ana's Grand Central Art Center. The group exhibition opens this Saturday, February 5. Their website is behaving a bit spastically at the moment - they say it's a Firefox related issue which is wrong - so maybe check back in a few days.

Solid Void by Esao Andrews, oil on wood, 2010 - click to enlarge

The impressive line-up of artists include: Esao Andrews (middle), Carrie Ann Baade, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ron English, Alex Gross (top), Femke Hiemstra, Audrey Kawasaki, Kris Kuksi, Kris Lewis (bottom), Elizabeth McGrath, Scott Musgrove, Michael Page, Heidi Taillefer, Robin Williams, Martin Wittfooth, and many, many others.

Details below, as always.

© Kris Lewis

Opening reception: Feb 5, 2011, 7 - 10 PM

On show: Feb 5 - April 17, 2011

Address: CSUF Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA, tel: 714.567.7233 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM – 4 PM

Preview show

Discuss on the WurzelForum: Esao Andrews | Alex Gross | Kris Lewis

Victor Castillo at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, L.A. ... and Mia Mäkilä originals for sale!

by Suzanne on January 31st, 2011

The Winner Takes It All by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

With February around the corner, it's time to get your sausages polished for Victor Castillo's (previously featured here and here) Rebels With A Cause show which opens at Merry Karnowsky Gallery this coming Saturday, February 5 - alongside Mel Kadel's Arms Out. Both shows run until March 5.

Details below.

Chick Habit by Victor Castillo, acrylic on canvas, 2007 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Feb 5, 2011, 8 - 11 PM

On show: Feb 5 - Mar 5, 2011

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA, tel: 323.933.4408 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 12 – 6 PM


Artist's website

In related creepilicious news, my friend Mia Mäkilä is selling original works from her website starting at only $77 - do go check them out!

Jo Whaley at Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale: Closing tomorrow!

by Suzanne on January 28th, 2011

Smerinthus saliceti by Jo Whaley, 2010

Jo Whaley has an almost synaesthetic understanding of patterns, shapes, textures and colours. So much so that her butterflies and moths become integral entomological parts of the Victorian photographs they're confronted with.

The additive concept of the collage gives way to something more complex, more intricate, more symbiotic as the tintype swallows the winged spolia to become one.

Jo Whaley's Portraits of Transformation exhibition closes tomorrow, January 29. Details below.

Papilionidae by Jo Whaley, 2010

Closing: Tomorrow, January 29, 2011

Address: Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251-3838, USA, tel: 480-990-7342 | Map

Hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat: 12 - 5 PM


Artist's website

Moebius at Fondation Cartier, Paris

by Suzanne on January 28th, 2011

© Moebius (animator unknown), hosted by Tumblr, via Same Hat! - click to enlarge

I believe that certain people are simply too epic for (introductory) words so let's skip to the end: There's a Moebius a.k.a. Gir a.k.a. Jean Giraud exhibition going on at Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris until March 13.

There's a series of Moebius-related events still taking place called Nomadic Nights but because their entire website is in Flash, you will need to go find the details yourself.


Illustration from Angel Claw by Moebius - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 12, 2010 - Mar 13, 2011

Address: Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, 261 bd Raspail, 75014 Paris, France, tel: 01

Hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 8 PM

Admission: €8.50

Press release

Artist's website

What follows is: Stuff.

by Suzanne on January 27th, 2011

(via We Find Wilderness)

Just a few things I wanted to discuss with you, my esteemed readership:

i) Twitter. It seems some confusion has arisen over the Wurzeltod Twitter account. Here's the deal: It's not actually mine, but more or less a syndicated version of my blog that you can "tweet" around (dear Gods.. I had hoped to NEVER write that word on this site) and lay eggs on or whatever you folks do on Twitter. Frankly, I don't want to know. Please do note though that I'm not using this for any personal announcements because Twitter really does disgust me. There are, however, other ways to get in touch with me if you can't be bothered to write a proper email:

ii) Facebook. Yes, I use it quite a lot and yes, you can call me a traitor because I was always an outspoken FB hater and I still am when it comes to policy aspects and data protection. At any rate, it actually turned out to be the perfect tool for me to stay in touch with artists. Not really friends, because I don't have any of those. So if you'd like, you can (try to) add me there. Don't ever expect to find me in the chat though - I despise such things. Another thing I've learnt to hate over the years is...

iii) Tumblr. It's getting worse with every re-blogged inverted triangle and new trends to completely abolish all sourcing and crediting for good are invented at an ever increasing speed - one of the newer ones is to steal professional photographers' works, monochromify them and slap them unsourced onto the nets. Microblogging will be the death of the internets as we know them which is why I stopped using my account. I still get added by around a dozen people every single day so if you've added me and expected me to add you back, please check when I've last updated the thing. Yeah, right...

iv) WordPress 3.0.4. Yep, I upgraded this baby. Many thanks to the ever fantastic LoTekk for making the transition such a smooth one. À propos smooth transitions: I forgot to mention that the WurzelSite® turned 8 years old on January 23 and on the same day, MonsterBrains turned 5 years old. Hip hip hurrah to Aeron and I!

v) WurzelForum. Everything that I don't consider quite ripe enough to make it into the WurzelBlog® often lands on the WurzelForum which is a kind of experimental ground or exo-brain. In case you've never been there, do check it out and sign up if you feel so inclined.

Wen Wu's "Vivien Leigh Complex" around the corner from me, London

by Suzanne on January 27th, 2011

Vivien Leigh Complex - Maid by Wen Wu, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Okay, so this is weird. A super talented London-based Chinese artist I've never heard of exhibiting at a space merely 20 meters away from the WurzelEmpire HQ which I've also never heard of.

The artist in question is Wen Wu and she will present Vladimir Tretchikoffesque/Eric Whitesque works that tackle her Vivien Leigh Complex and the space turns out to be an artists-run place called Basket House Village Universe.

It all sounds so delightfully random, I will definitely go check it out at tonight's opening reception.

Venus is a Boy by Wen Wu, oil on canvas, 2010

Opening reception: Tonight, January 27, 2011, 6 - 9 PM

On show: Jan 29 - Feb 20, 2011

Address: Basket House Village Universe, Unit A, Leswin Place, London N16 7NJ, UK, Email: info@bhvu.co.uk, tel: 0207 2410568 | Map

Hours: Sat & Sun: 12 - 6 PM during exhibitions or by appointment

Press release

Artist's website

Robin Williams' "Rescue Party" at P·P·O·W, New York

by Suzanne on January 21st, 2011

Swoon at the Waterpump by Robin Williams, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

I seriously can't recall a January with so many fantastic shows. Next up is Robin "NOT THE ACTOR DAMNIT!" Williams whose show Rescue Party opens January 27 at P·P·O·W in New York. Sugar rushes and insulin-induced eye comas are guaranteed.

Details below and please note that

i) the gallery has moved to a different location and
ii) that the actual reception isn't until Feb 3.

Opening reception:Feb 3, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2011

Address: P·P·O·W, 535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011, tel: 212-647-1044 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview show

Artist's website

Claire Morgan at Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne/Köln

by Suzanne on January 21st, 2011

While You Were Sleeping by Claire Morgan, taxidermy red squirrel, bluebottle flies, lead weights, nylon, acrylic, 2009 - click to enlarge

It's only a matter of 24060 seconds now until one of the most exciting new museums will open its gates: The Museum of Old and New Art in, yes, Tasmania with their inauguration group show Monanism.

Already on show is Chiharu Shiota's In Silence - a breathtaking installation of a burnt-out piano frozen in time and suspended in space.

A preview of their Monanism opening show is not yet online but I do know that my friend Julia deVille (of Disce Mori fame) and Claire Morgan will be exhibiting amongst many, many others.

The latter, Claire Morgan, seems to have successfully broken the space/time continuum and will also be exhibiting her new solo show Under the Sun at Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne.

Apart At The Seams by Claire Morgan, taxidermy jackdaw, thistle seeds, torn black polythene, lead, nylon, acrylic, 2009 - click to enlarge

Sadly, only the drawings are available for preview online yet, but:

"Claire Morgan has worked on ten new installations and twelve related drawings"

(Press release)

So there you go. Details below.

Opening reception: Tonight, Jan 21, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Jan 21 - Mar 2, 2011

Address: Galerie Karsten Greve, Drususgasse 1-5, D-50667 Cologne, Germany, tel: +49-(0)221-257 10 12

Hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6.30 PM, Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview & press release

Artist's website

Hilum - Les Antliaclastes at the ICA, London (SOLD OUT)

by Suzanne on January 20th, 2011

Dear Peoples of The Interweb. What happens if Shen Shaomin meets John Hunter meets the Brothers Quay meets Jan Å vankmajer meets my dreams? Patrick Sims found the answer:

Hilum part I (1+2) from franck littot on Vimeo.

Hilum part I/3 from franck littot on Vimeo.

"A micro comic-tragedy based on the cycles of the washing machine and set in the basement of a rundown museum of natural history. Orphaned and cut off from the ordered kingdom of curiosities upstairs, the cast of nursery rhyme characters, cartoon images, and mischievous urchins turn playtime into a theatre of cruelty. Whites mix with colours, delicates get hot washed, and a monstrous big toe devours holes in the socks. [...]"

(ICA programme text)

I have absolutely nothing to add to this other than:


Harma Heikens, Ray Caesar et al. at Corey Helford, Culver City

by Suzanne on January 20th, 2011

Death and a nine-year-old by Harma Heikens, mixed media, 2008 - click to enlarge

And... yet another show announcement for the Culver City area and it seems that Ray Caesar (previously featured here, here, here, here, here, here and everywhere) is a busy man this month.

In the Nursery is a "contemporary interpretation of classic American nursery art" and has a very interesting line-up of artists including Chris Anthony, Tom Bagshaw, Shawn Barber, Scott G. Brooks, Ray Caesar (image below), Sas & Colin Christian, Korin Faught, Harma Heikens (image above), Liz McGrath and Martin Wittfooth. So this should be rather sweet.

I find it particularly interesting to see Liz McGrath rise from the interweb grave. I haven't really seen any new works since 2009 when she started using her mailing list contacts to regularly inform everyone what her husband Morgan Slade's been up to. Something I'm really not that interested in. But OH WELL.

Details below. Please note that the reception starts at 8 PM, not as 7 PM as listed on the website and that the Harma Heikens image only serves illustrative purposes as I'm not sure which of her works will be on show.

Beloved by Ray Caesar - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8 - 10 PM

On show: January 29 - February 9, 2011

Address: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 310-287-2340

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Featuring: Chris Anthony, Tom Bagshaw, Shawn Barber, Scott G. Brooks, Ray Caesar, Sas & Colin Christian, Korin Faught, Harma Heikens, Liz McGrath, Martin Wittfooth, and many others