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Archive for February, 2011

Barnaby Whitfield at Scope NY for Spinello Gallery

by Suzanne on February 28th, 2011

Fag Limbo (after Hernan Bas) by Barnaby Whitfield, pastel on paper - click to enlarge

Barnaby Whitfield just announced that he will be exhibiting alongside his good friend Kris Knight at Scope New York for Miami's Spinello Gallery.

Neither Scope nor the gallery website have any information on the booth no., but I'm sure you'll find it because scientific research has shown that the average reader of this blog has an IQ of between 111 and 123. Nice.

First view: Mar 2, 2011, 3 - 9 PM (VIP, press, >$100 donations only)

On show: Mar 3 - 6, 2011

Address: Scope NY, 320 West St (West Side Highway), Across from Pier 40, New York NY 10014, email: info@scope-art.com | Map & Directions

Opening hours: 12 AM - 8 PM, Sun: 12 - 7 PM

Admission: $20/day general, $10/day student

Artist's website

"Les Yeux Du Chat" by Moebius/Jodorowsky

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Now people who know me are aware that yellow really isn't my colour of choice, but when I spotted these absolutely breathtaking Moebius illustrations over at the blog for all things Moebius, Quenched Consciousness (recommended to me by the amazing Nicholas Kahn), to Alejandro Jodorowsky's Les Yeux Du Chat, I had to rethink.

Quenched Consciousness says about the concept behind the series:

"So Les Yeux Du Chat’s narrative is a pretty simple one, but it’s got kind of an interesting structure. The book is like a series of two page spreads [...] (In) every odd numbered, or lefthand, page [...] all that can be seen is the silhouette of a man and the frame of his window [...]. The righthand pages are gorgeous splash pages showing a bird (named Meduz) attack and kill a cat, steal its eyes, and bring them to the man in the tower (who has an apparent psychic link with Meduz).

This simple back and forth of the page structure is surprisingly engrossing, both humanizing this sad man desperate to see and elevating the life of a bird to a kind of intimidating scale.

In all it’s 53 pages in length, the size a typical French album comic book."

Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

You can see some of the scans revealing architectural visions that would make a Hugh Ferriss and Fritz Lang tremble in awe, beautifully rendered animal scenes reminiscent of Christopher Conn Askew and apocalyptic dehumanisations à la Zdzislaw Beksinski by looking up the Yeux du chat tag on QC's Tumblr.

Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Alex CF looking for UK group show co-conspirators!

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Vampiric Anatomical Biological Research Case by Alex CF, 2010

Exciting news from Alex CF - master of many dead things in jars: He's planning to do a small London group show and is currently looking for like-minded artists/creators/collectors who are interested in collaborating on such an event.

"I am seeking creators of things, collectors, makers for a small exhibition. London based, maybe east."

- Alex CF

L’enfant Diabolique by Alex CF, 2010

All I can say is that Alex CF's London solo show in June 2010 - that I had the great pleasure co-organising - blew people's minds and left many scarred for life. And that's precisely what a good show SHOULD achieve.

This is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the very best in cryptozoological creature art so please do get in touch with him either on his blog or by email at alex.cf(at)hotmail.co.uk if you have what it takes.

And while we're at it, make sure to also check out Alex's new illustration blog Blackmonger with beautiful illustrations for his new band Light Bearer amongst others, as well as his ever growing Encyclopædia Obscura - a fortean Alex CF almanac of epic proportions.

Berlinde De Bruyckere at Hauser & Wirth, New York

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Wezen by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2003/04, WON'T BE ON SHOW - click to enlarge

If I've learnt one thing in life it's that Berlinde De Bruyckere (previously featured here) monographs make for very shitty camouflage in the urban wilderness.

Her works, on the other hand, are per se camouflaged to such perfection that the uninitiated audience might get a strong sense of the uncanny when approaching her olfactory wax work installations. And it's that feeling of general unease that makes her exhibitions so memorable.

I am therefore thrilled to hear that my ex-employer Hauser & Wirth will show her new works in a solo show entitled Into One-Another To P.P.P (dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini) opening this coming Tuesday in NYC. Don't miss this.

Into One-Another / To P.P.P. (detail) by Berlinde De Bruyckere, wax, epoxy, iron, wood, glass, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Mar 1, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Mar 1 - Apr 23, 2011

Address: Hauser & Wirth New York, 32 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview | Press release (PDF)

Hine Mizushima's "Unnatural History Museum" at Gallery Hanahou, New York

by Suzanne on February 24th, 2011

Anatomical Female A by Hine Mizushima - click to enlarge

Call me a snob, but the words "hall-of-fame-worthy group of craft artists" normally makes me think of Regretsy and "art" that looks like the dust bunnies and toenails under my desk, but drop the name "Hine Mizushima" and I'm all ears and eyes.

It was the ever classy Substrom who introduced me to her oeuvre and I've taken a particular liking to her work because of its sense of anatomical and cryptozoological humour in a medium that normally makes me yawn at best.

Her "Unnatural History Museum" promises:

"[...] A collection of Mizushima's most interesting specimens from the world of freaks of nature, sideshows, and charlatanism, all in cute but questionable taste. You will see more than 30 new specimens at the show!"

The show opens today in a week and Hine will be there in person. I have no idea how long it's on for so check back with Gallery Hanahou.

Ectoplasm by Hine Mizushima - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Mar 3, 2011, 7 - 9 PM

Address: Gallery Hanahou, 611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC, 7th Floor of the Cable Building, NW corner of Broadway + Houston, New York, USA, email: info@galleryhanahou.com | Map

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12 - 6 PM, and by appointment

Overview | Press release

Artist's website

Winnie Truong doing VOLTA NY for Katharine Mulherin

by Suzanne on February 24th, 2011

Ornament & Correction by Winnie Truong, pencil crayon on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge

Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with who's going to exhibit what and where at VOLTA NY as I generally find nothing more puke-inducing than the thought of art fairs, oh yeah, and their website has been down all day even though it's mere days until the fair (VIP Art Fair syndrome, anyone?!), but I thought that Katharine Mulherin Gallery deserves at least an honourable mention for presenting the ever hairy works of Winnie Troung (discovered via Nana Rapeblossom's Tumblr) at booth A6 from March 3 - 6. Details below.

On show: Mar 3 - 6, 2011

Address: VOLTA NY, 7 West 34th Street, 11th Floor, Booth A6, New York, NY, USA

Opening hours: Thu: 2 - 7 PM, Fri - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM


Artist's website

Scott D Wilson's "M. F. Follard"

by Suzanne on February 24th, 2011

M. F. Follard by Scott D Wilson, mixed media, human skull, taxidermy, victorian dress and prosthetics, 2011 - click to enlarge

Going through a backlog of hundreds of emails since the time I got ill, I found a bunch of messages from a guy called Scott D Wilson asking me (if not politely pestering me) to go check out his work which I did and this little fellow here struck a particular chord with me.

I hope you like him too because he's going to sit right here on the website for a while.

Kate MccGwire at Pertwee Anderson & Gold, London

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011

Warp by Kate MccGwire, 2010

I'm not sure about this trend of gallery websites not really being websites with information at all but just fancy HTML business cards, but I certainly do not like it.

So I'm very afraid that I can't tell you too much about Kate MccGwire's current Host installation at Pertwee Anderson & Gold other than that her work is absolutely breathtaking and that you should really go see it.

Make sure to email the gallery beforehand though to confirm opening hours.

Evacuate by Kate MccGwire, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: Feb 21 - Mar 24, 2011

Address: Pertwee Anderson & Gold, 15 Bateman St, London, United Kingdom W1D 3AQ, UK, email: info@pertweeandersongold.com

Gallery hours: Inquire

Artist's website

Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner, New York

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011

Polytropos of many turns by Marcel Dzama, mannequin with rotating base and costume, socks, dress, mask, and gun, 2009 - click to enlarge

Marcel Dzama (previously featured here and here) has once again created a whole microcosm of multi-genre art for his Behind Every Curtain solo show at David Zwirner.

It seems that his natural sense for choreography has transpired into his works on paper which he now beautifully sculpts as papercuts in very haptic dioramas.

And as always, Dzama wouldn't be Dzama without a short movie:

Don't miss this exhibition - Dzama's shows truly are otherworldly.

On show: Feb 17 - Mar 19, 2011

Address: David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street (between 10th Ave. and West St.), New York, NY 10011 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM, Monday by appointment

Preview show | Press release

"Surviving" by Marina Bychkova

by Suzanne on February 23rd, 2011

Surviving by Marina Bychkova, 2011 - click to enlarge

Perfection bores me like nothing else and I will be honest that in the recent past, Marina's (previously featured here and here) dolls have simply been too "perfect" for my taste to really excite me which is why I'm particularly pleased to see her return to this blog with her newest doll, the St Agathaesque Surviving, a porcelain tribute to breast cancer fighters.

You can see the finished doll here (there might be some more tattooing at some stage) and details/progress pictures here.