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Archive for March, 2011

Alice Anderson's Childhood Rituals at Freud Museum, London

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011

Housebound by Alice Anderson, site specific sculpture made of 3000 metres of dolls' hair, 2011 - Photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

You may have noticed that I'm posting events that are still a few weeks ahead of us. That's mainly because I will be off to my home town of Lucerne in a few days to attend the Fumetto Comics Festival! Weeeee!

Anyways, I'll be back in time for Alice Anderson's (previously featured here) amazing Childhood Rituals installation made of 3 km of dolls' hair wrapped around London's Freud Museum - with new sculptural pieces being on show inside the museum.

Alice Anderson about her work:

“I remember the terrible fears I used to have when I was a child left alone at home for many long hours waiting for the return of my mother. At that time I invented rituals for myself to calm my anxieties. These rituals consisted of undoing the thread from seams and I wound these threads around parts of my body and other objects. This obsession became so bad that I started to do the same thing using my hair.”

I don't miss any of Alice's exhibitions as - just like Chiharu Shiota - she has the rare gift to transform surroundings to the point where space becomes irrelevant and time a distant memory.

If you've never had a chance to see her work up close and you happen to be in London tomorrow, you can also catch a glimpse of her commission to All Visual Arts’ Bound at their new Kings Cross location. Kate MccGwire will also have a piece on show.

On show: Apr 15 - Jun 5, 2011

Address: Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, UK, tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002, email: info@freud.org.uk | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Admission: £6

Press release

Artist's website

2011 Congress of Curious Peoples, Coney Island

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011

Congress of Curious Peoples poster by Lord Whimsy - click for details

The great Joanna of Morbid Anatomy announced the lineup for this year's Congress for Curious Peoples Symposium at The Coney Island Museum which will take place over the weekend of April 16 - 17 as the final highlight of the 10-day congress.

Joanna says:

This year's Congress for Curious Peoples symposium was inspired by the themes of the The Great Coney Island Spectacularium, the installation I have been working on as Artist in Resident of The Coney Island Museum and within which the Congress will take place. Topics explored in the symposium will include Immersive Amusements, Human Anatomy on Display, and Science and Technology for Public Amusement and will feature many of my favorite scholars, artists, collectors and bon vivants, including (and this is just a brief sampling) Mark Dion, Norman Klein, Mark Dery, Mike Sappol, Lord Whimsy, Evan Michelson, Mike Zohn, and Laurel Braitman.

And Joanna herself will of course be speaking too.

Click here to go to Morbid Anatomy for the full schedule as well as information about tickets and remember to book early if you're planning to attend.

In related curious news, here's Uno Moralez' newest piece:

© Uno Moralez - click to enlarge

Folkert de Jong at James Cohan Gallery, New York

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011

Halleluja by Folkert de Jong, styrofoam, adhesive, 2007 - click to enlarge

Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong (previously featured here and here) is definitely keeping busy with solo shows of his foamy oeuvre and he has a new exhibition, Operation Harmony, opening on Friday at James Cohan's New York gallery.

From the press release:

"The artist has an unsettling ability to combine such period perfect details as lace neck ruffs from Vermeer’s Golden Age paintings, together with the dense blackness of the oozing “blood” and “charred” bodies that are spliced onto the sickly pink foam scaffold and the delicacy of the hand-carved teeth and eyes of the decapitated heads."


On show: Apr 1 - May 7, 2011

Address: James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York NY 10001, USA, tel: 212.714.9500, email: info@jamescohan.com

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

Press release | Preview

Artist's website

Tous Cannibales at Maison Rouge, Paris

by Suzanne on March 29th, 2011

Girls Don't Cry by Makoto Aida, 2004 - click to enlarge

With the oeuvre featured in the Claude Lévi-Strauss inspired Tous Cannibales show at the Maison Rouge in Paris being incredibly stellar, it actually gave me a hard time selecting the image material for this little feature until I realised that generally speaking, the more Japanese sounding the artist, the better the artwork and as you can see, it's now a fact. Q.E.D. No, not really. But still.

What I find slightly bewildering if not downright outrageous is the fact that this show has been going on for way over a month already but has gotten almost no coverage. It's particularly bizarre considering that the grandiose Chiharu Shiota is currently exhibiting at the Maison Rouge as well.

© Toshio Saeki - click to enlarge

Artists represented in the Tous Cannibales show include:

Makoto Aida, Gilles Barbier, Michaël Borremans, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Will Cotton, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Dzama, James Ensor, Francisco de Goya, J. J. Grandville, Pieter Hugo, Melissa Ichiuji, Oda Jaune (a great new discovery for me!), Fernand Khnopff, Théo Mercier, Félicien Rops, Bettina Rheims, Toshio Saeki, Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and lots lots lots more.

School Girl by Melissa Ichiuji - click to enlarge

Jeanette Zwingenberger has done an absolutely outstanding and very brave job at curating and I can only hope that this turns into a traveling exhibition for the entire world to see.

Chapeau Maison Rouge, chapeau Jeanette Zwingenberger, chapeau all the artists involved. Details below. Oh, and watch the video which I'm totally hotlinking from their page. Shhhhh!

On show: Feb 12 - May 15, 2011

Address: La Maison Rouge, 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France, tel: +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 11 AM - 7 PM, Thu: 11 AM - 9 PM

Admission: €7

Press release & preview

RMF's MisanthroPop

by Suzanne on March 29th, 2011

Yo, beautiful people of the internets!

I thought I should let you know about a wee little website/blog I made for my glorious other half, The Fenner®.

It's called MisanthroPop and on it you can:

• find information about his musical projects and upcoming gigs
• read his MISANTHROPIA! - The Greatest Country in the World zine (issue #1 will go online soon, once issue #2 is out)
buy his limited edition 7" with AMERICANMADE and LOBOTOMOBILE on it
• subscribe to his newsletter.

I reckon I'm biased, but I think that's all pretty damn sweet!

Re:fulbright - Y by misanthropop

Winnie Truong at Mulherin Pollard Projects, New York

by Suzanne on March 25th, 2011

Bride of Dede by Winnie Truong, pencil crayon on paper, 2010 - click to enlarge

We're staying hairy and moving on to the great Winnie Truong who we last discussed precisely a month ago.

From this coming Thursday onwards, 22-year-young Winnie will feature an impressive array of new works at Mulherin Pollard Projects in New York and if you missed her at VOLTA, do go check it out.

Opening reception: Thu, March 31, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Mar 31 - Apr 24, 2011

Address: Mulherin Pollard Projects, 317 10th Avenue (between 28th and 29th Streets), New York, NY 10001, USA, tel: 416 993 6510, email: info@katharinemulherin.com

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 11 - 6 PM

Press release & preview

Artist's website

Jonathan Viner & Elizabeth McGrath at Sloan Fine Art, New York

by Suzanne on March 25th, 2011

0100 by Jonathan Viner, oil on panel, 2011

I'm really just posting this because I get paid to do so by the Society for the Preservation of Dreadful 70s Collars, Shades & Perms, FYI.

Jonathan Viner's Computer Science solo show opens at Sloan Fine Art this coming Wednesday with, who would have guessed it, Elizabeth McGrath who seems to have magically awoken from her art hibernation and will present her The Folly of St. Hubertus piece alongside Jonathan's prehistoric nerds.

Both exhibitions remain on show until the end of April. Details below.

0011 by Jonathan Viner, oil on panel, 2011

Opening reception: Wed, March 30, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Mar 31 - Apr 30, 2011

Address: Sloan Fine Art, 128 Rivington Street (corner of Norfolk), New York, NY 10002, tel: 212.477.1140 | Location

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 12 - 6 PM

Press release Viner | Press release McGrath | Preview Viner | Preview McGrath

Artist's website

Barnaby Barford at David Gill Galleries, London

by Suzanne on March 25th, 2011

We're hoping he'll grow out of it by Barnaby Barford, porcelain, music box, enamel paint, 2007 - click to enlarge

From this weekend onwards, Barnaby Barford (previously featured here and here and of course here) will be showing works from his Love Is... series at David Gill Galleries in London who weren't helpful with sending me image material or providing any other information like opening times and such so I'm afraid I'll have to leave you with the above image from a couple of years back.

But be prepared to see sugar rush-inducing kitsch porcellana forsho.

The exhibition remains on show until the end of June.

On show: Mar 27 - Jun 30, 2011

Address: David Gill Galleries, 3 Loughborough Street, London SW11, UK, tel: +44 (0) 207 793 1100

Press release

Artist's website

Hans Bellmer and Louise Bourgeois at Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio

by Suzanne on March 23rd, 2011

© Hans Bellmer - via fantomatik75 - click to enlarge

Another old favourite that needs no further introduction as he's been featured in the hallowed WurzelEmpire® on both blog and forum since 2001 is the almighty Hans Bellmer.

Yeah, I know, it's fucking hip to like him these days and he probably has an upcoming spread in VICE mag and what the fuck not but hey, I liked him before you had even grown arms to mutilate dolls so SHADDAP and read this goddamn article already. GOODBYE. FOREVER. NO WAIT! (¬_¬)

A wisely curated and deeply inspiring Bellmer/Bourgeois double exhibition entitled Double Sexus: Hans Bellmer and Louise Bourgeois is opening at Wexner Center Galleries this Saturday.

From the press release:

"The exhibition, which was previously seen in Berlin, Germany, and The Hague, Netherlands, makes its U.S. debut at the Wexner Center. Its title comes from Sexus, a semi-autobiographical novel by Henry Miller, and its design strategically juxtaposes works by each artist in thematic sections. As you move through this layout, you will see sculptures and drawings by Bourgeois and sculptures, drawings, photographs, and a print by Bellmer."

© Hans Bellmer - via fantomatik75 - click to enlarge

All infos below.

On show: Mar 26 - Jul 31, 2011

Address: Wexner Center Galleries B and C, 1871 North, High Street, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio, 43210-1393 | Map & directions

Opening hours: Tue-Wed, Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM, Thu-Sat: 11 AM - 8 PM

Admission: $5 - free Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM and the first Sunday of the month.

Press release & preview

Catalogue: A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this touring exhibition and is available in the Wexner Center Store.

In other great news...

• The amazingly generous and insanely talented Jeremy Enecio is doing a print giveaway that you can enter until March 29!

In a world made of strings we are designers of expression on Synaptic Stimuli deserves your attention for a few seconds as it's pretty kvlt to say the least:

Almagul Menlibayeva at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York

by Suzanne on March 23rd, 2011

Madonna of the Great Steppes by Almagul Menlibayeva, 2010 - click to enlarge

It's been aeons since I last had a look at Almagul Menlibayeva's work. In fact, it's been so very long that I couldn't even find my original post about her in my archives which seems just like her... magically making things evaporate like a "pictorial sorceress" (Priska C. Juschka).

The archaic Kazakh Queen of the Great Steppes has an upcoming video and photography solo show entitled Transoxiana Dreams that opens tomorrow evening with the artist in attendance at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art in New York and will remain on show until mid-May.

Mongolian Princess by Almagul Menlibayeva, video still, 2008

From the press release:

"Afflicted by former Soviet policies and abandoned by commercial and cultural interests, today, Transoxiana lies bare and stripped in a surreal state of existence with discarded fishing fleets on dusty terrain, cleaved by metal scavengers while its inhabitants look on as the sea keeps receding into a far and unreachable distance of a seemingly better world."

All details below.

Butterflies of Aisha Bibi by Almagul Menlibayeva, video still, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Thu, Mar 24, 6 - 9 PM

On show: Mar 24 - May 14, 2011

Address: Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, 547 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001, (between 10th & 11th Ave.), tel: 1 212 244 4320, email: gallery@priskajuschkafineart.com | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM, or by appointment

Press release | Artist's bio | Works