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Archive for May, 2011

Levi van Veluw's "Origin of the Beginning" at Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on May 10th, 2011

Hair by Levi van Veluw, 2007

I will freely admit that I've had a bit of a crush on Levi van Veluw ever since I first stumbled upon his Hair self-portrait (top).

Coming from a similar school of thought as the great Bart Hess, Levi has been using first his face and then more and more his entire body as both canvas and protagonist of his work.

From next Saturday onwards, he'll be revealing works from his new Origin of the Beginning series at Ron Mandos in Amsterdam.

Natural transfer II by Levi van Veluw, 2007

From the press release:

"The artist has created 3 “rooms” covered with more then 30.000 wooden blocks, balls and slats respectively. Each “room” is executed as a life-size installation (4m x 2.5m x 2.5m) and will be presented at the gallery together with photographs and videos. [...]"

Veneer III by Levi van Veluw, 2010

Opening reception: May 21, 2011, 5 - 7 PM - Levi will be in attendance.

On show: May 21 - June 25, 2011

Address: Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282, 1016 HJ Amsterdam, Netherlands, tel: +31 20 3207036, email: info@ronmandos.nl

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Press release & preview

Artist's website

Michael Hansmeyer at Smallspace, Berlin

by Suzanne on May 10th, 2011

Hall of Columns by Michael Hansmeyer - click to enlarge

Featured back in March and much admired since then, ETH Zurich architect and programmer genius Michael Hansmeyer, famed for his dystopian, neo-neo-gothic, mandelbrotesque computational architecture pieces is now showing his Deep White column at Berlin's Smallspace Gallery in an exhibition entitled Knots & Facets.

Michael gives us an insight into the fabrication process of the subdivided columns:

"A full-scale, 2.7-meter high variant of the columns is fabricated as a layered model using 1mm sheet. Each sheet is individually cut using a mill or laser. Sheets are stacked and held together by poles that run through a common core.

The calculation of the cutting path for each sheet takes place in several steps. First, the six million faces of the 3D model are intersected with a plane representing the sheet. This step generates a series of individual line segments that are tested for self-intersection and subsequently combined to form polygons. Next, a polygon-in-polygon test deletes interior polygons. A series of filters then ensures that convex polygons with peninsulas maintain a mininimum isthmus width. In a final step, an interior offset is calculated with the aim of hollowing out the slice to reduce weight. [...]"

Sounds beautiful? Looks beautiful! So go see it if you're in Berlin!

Hall of Columns by Michael Hansmeyer - click to enlarge

On show: Apr 28 - May 28, 2011

Address: Smallspace, Brunnenstrasse 178, 10119 Berlin, Germany, email: anna@smallspacegallery.com

Gallery hours: Fri - Sat: 2 - 7 PM, or by appointment

Press release (PDF)

Artist's website

Kahn + Selesnick at Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011

Cave (Chloë, Arsia Silva) by Kahn + Selesnick - click to enlarge

Intergalactic art duo Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick (previously featured here and here) have a new exhibition entirely devoted to their new Mars Adrift on the Hourglass Sea - Desolation and the Sublime on a Distant Planet series opening at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City at the end of next week.

Expect a mix between Dune and La planète sauvage and get that tin foil jumpsuit dry-cleaned!

The artists have started a Tumblr that keeps you up-to-date with news on the Hourglass project. Tumblr Central is currently experiencing difficulties with its servers, so maybe check back later.

Constellation Matrix (Lucus Feronia) by Kahn + Selesnick - click to enlarge

On show: May 21 - Jul 9, 2011

Address: Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA. 90034, USA, tel: (310) 559-0800, email: info@kopeikingallery.com | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 5 PM

Artists' website

Kris Lewis at David B Smith Gallery, Denver

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011

Clock Watching by Kris Lewis, oil on canvas - click to enlarge


... and other delectable things by Kris Lewis (previously featured here and here) coming to Denver's David B Smith Gallery next week.

And here goes our shortest blog post ever. Yay!

Opening reception: May 20, 2011, 7 - 10 PM, Kris will be in attendance

On show: May 20 - Jun 18, 2011

Address: David B Smith Gallery, 1543 A Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA, tel: 303.893.4234, email: info@davidbsmithgallery.com

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM, or by appointment


Artist's website

Kris Lewis on the WurzelForum: i | ii

Henry Darger's "American Innocent" at Laforet Museum, Tokyo

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011

Vivian Girl Princesses Are Forced to Witness Frightful Murder Massacre of Children by Henry Darger - click to enlarge

America's outsider art darling Henry Darger currently has a retrospective devoted to him in the country that has always loved and understood him most, Japan.

Harajuku's Laforet Museum is showing American Innocent - In the Realms of the Unreal for another week.

The title is a reference to Darger's 15,143-page fantasy manuscript entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion (yes, I've long been waiting for a chance to write this out just to piss you off!) and to the 2004 documentary portrait about his life and work of the same name:

On show: April 23 - May 15, 2011

Venue: Laforet Museum, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, tel: 03-3475-0411

Gallery hours: 11 AM - 8 PM


Russian criminal tattoo docu "The Mark of Cain" on YouTube

by Suzanne on May 9th, 2011

Screen capture from The Mark of Cain, 2000 - click to watch on YouTube

The first tattoo read: Khrushchev’s Slave. The second: Slave of the USSR. The third: Slave of the CPSU. ‘Now, after three operations,’ wrote Kuznetsov, ‘the skin is so tightly stretched … he can no longer close his eyes. We call him The Stare.’

- Russian criminal tattoos: breaking the code (The Guardian)

Just a quick note for those who've enjoyed FUEL's Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaediae (vol i, ii, iii) and their London exhibition of the archive last year:

Alix Lambert's 2000 docu The Mark of Cain has been available in its entirety online on YouTube since the end of last year - a fact I only discovered the other day. Yes, it's worth 73 minutes of your life if you haven't seen it yet. Watch it below or on YouTube.

On a related note, may I also HIGHLY recommend FUEL's Drawings from the Gulag by Danzig Baldaev. It's haunting, to say the very least...

Matsui Fuyuko Japan Earthquake Charity Auction at Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo

by Suzanne on May 6th, 2011

Scattered Deformities in the End by Matsui Fuyuko, colour pigment on paper, 2007 - click to enlarge

With lots of smaller galleries having to close for long periods of time due to power shortages, Western galleries pulling out of promised travelling exhibitions and foreign investors withdrawing loans for retrospective shows in fear they may not be able to show prestigious artworks for years to come due to radiation exposure, the Japanese art scene is in very dire straits right now. The Art Newspaper has a good overview of the situation.

You may think it's very cynical to point out the arts considering the wider humanitarian and ecological context of tens of thousands of earthquake and tsunami victims, but a society needs recreation, needs culture, needs music, needs literature, needs art to find solace and strength to rebuild itself in desperate times.

Keeping up the Pureness by Matsui Fuyuko, colour pigment on hanging silk scroll, 2004 - click to enlarge

It's fantastic and inspiring to see so many determined independent local groups putting on no-budget gigs and DIY fundraiser art shows, and amongst all the Japanese exhibition cancellation emails I got yesterday, there was one positive note that infused me with great joy:

"Matsui Fuyuko has been painting to support the people affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.

These works will be exhibited at Gallery Naruyama and open for bidding.

All funds from this auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the victims and recovery of northeastern Japan.

I kindly ask for your participation and support."

- Matsui Fuyuko

In case you're unfamiliar with her oeuvre, Matsui Fuyuko is an exceptional artist, her technique century-old, her repertoire gigantic, her topics ranging from the anatomical to the existential to the spectral. Oh, and she's ridiculously hot.

The East Japan Earthquake Recovery Fund Charity Auction will be held at Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo from May 16 - 21.

A list of works has not been released yet but there will be "new works including rare pieces, such as drawings on a uchiwa (Japanese fan)". More details below.

© Matsui Fuyuko, via Trevor Brown - click to enlarge

On show: May 16 - 21, 2011

Address: Gallery Naruyama, #205 Matsuoka Kudan Bldg., 2-2-8 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 102-0074 Japan, tel: +81 (0)3 3264-4871, email: info@gallery-naruyama.com | Map

Gallery hours: Daily from 1 - 7 PM, except Wednesdays and Sundays.

Artist's website

Matsui Fuyuko on the WurzelForum® i | ii

Further reading: TateEtc visits Matsui Fuyuko's studio | Trevor Brown reviews her deluxe edition monograph | Matsui Fuyuko books at Edition Treville

Hideaki Kawashima at Richard Heller, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on May 6th, 2011

To be blatantly honest with you, I'm mainly posting this announcement because I deplore the evolution from something as inspired, beautiful and ornamental as this:

Nirvana by Hideaki Kawashima, acrylic on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

... to this...

Cool by Hideaki Kawashima, acrylic on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Yes, I would pull an angsty face too knowing that I've given in to a Mark Rydenised version of Superflat to woo the American art consumer when I actually have lots of obvious and very remarkable talent.

Still, it might just be a phase and I bet it's all a deep satire so complex that my mind simply doesn't GET IT, but at any rate, if, like myself, you prefer the former, check out Hideaki Kawashima's earlier work here at Tomio Koyama, if you prefer the latter, then by all means, do go see his Turning solo show opening tomorrow evening at Richard Heller in Santa Monica. FINE!

Opening reception: May 7, 2011, 4 - 6 PM

On show: May 7 - Jun 14, 2011

Address: Richard Heller Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, B-5A, Santa Monica, California, 90404, USA, tel: 310-453-9191, email: hellergallery@verizon.net

Gallery hours: Good question! I suggest you email the gallery: hellergallery@verizon.net


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Helen Pynor at GV Art, London

by Suzanne on May 5th, 2011

UPDATE MAY 9, 2011: Please see a few impressions of the show from my Flickr:

Liquid Ground 1 (detail) by Helen Pynor, C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass, 2010- click to enlarge

I first discovered Helen's work via her knitted human hair pieces and was immediately mesmerised by the sheer thought of working with such a filigree material.

Not only an artist, but mainly a philosopher and scientist by trade, Helen's oeuvre has truly dissolved all genres to become a symbiotic amalgamation of art, biology, anatomy and symbolism. Very visible in her Red Sea Blue Water and of course the sumptuous Milk series.

Photographs from her newest project, Liquid Ground, will be on display at GV Art London from this evening onwards.

If you like floating organs and underwater photography, make sure to check it out. If not, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE?! ^___^

Liquid Ground 2 (detail) by Helen Pynor, C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass, 2010- click to enlarge

On show: May 5 - Jul 2, 2011

Address: GV Art London, 49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY, UK, tel: 020 8408 9800, email: info@gvart.co.uk | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 11 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 11 AM - 4 PM, and by appointment

Admission: FREE

Press release (PDF)

Artist's website

Teiji Hayama at C. Emerson Fine Arts, Florida

by Suzanne on May 5th, 2011

The Bath by Teiji Hayama, oil on canvas - click to enlarge

Got an email from Japan-born, Switzerland-based Teiji Hayama the other day informing me about an ongoing exhibition of his work at C. Emerson Fine Arts in Florida.

He's exhibiting his translucent saintly girls in a group show called Lucid Dreams until May 21.

Madone by Teiji Hayama, pastel gouache on hand made paper - click to enlarge

On show: Apr 8 - May 21, 2011

Address: C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33705, USA, email: info@c-emersonfinearts.com, tel: 727-898-6068 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri: 11 AM - 4 PM, Sat: 12 - 5 PM

Press release | Flyer

Artist's website

In other great art news...

i) Trevor Brown celebrates the return of decade-old stolen art:

ii) Find of the Day: A hilarious 17th century swimming manual (via defrag):

"Next that the water it selfe bee cleare, not troubled with any kinde of slimie filth, which is very infectious to the skinne, that the breadth, depth, and length therof be sufficiently knowne, that it be not muddie at the bottome."