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Quay Brothers' "Through the Weeping Glass" in Philadelphia, New York & L.A.

by Suzanne on September 15th, 2011

Still from Through the Weeping Glass by the Quay Brothers, via Morbid Anatomy

A while ago, the lovely Joanna of Morbid Anatomy fame shared the details for the premiere of Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) - the Quay Brothers' new 30 min documentary film for and about the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum.

Apart from an exhibition at the Mütter itself, there's also going to be three screenings of the new movie, the first one on Sep 22 in Philadelphia at the Mütter, a 2nd one will take place on Sep 24 at the MoMA in New York and the final screening will be presented by L.A.'s fantastic Museum of Jurassic Technology on Sep 27 at the Cary Grant Theatre.

Now, as this has been advertised for a while already, it seems that the screening at the Mütter is sold out but there's a waiting list. The MoMA listing doesn't have any booking information so I must assume it's sold out too and so is the L.A. event. HOWEVER, as we all know from sold-out events, if you are smart and eager enough, I'm sure you can get hold of a ticket... somehow. Darwinism and all that.

And you know why it's totally worth the effort? Cause, yes, the brothers will be present at all three screenings for talks and questions.

Some time after these initial screenings, the film will be made available on DVD with an accompanying booklet. I'll keep you posted on that.

In the highly unlikely case you've never heard of the Quay Brothers, here's the visually epic 2nd part of one of my favourite works by them, Street of Crocodiles from 1986 (1st part is here if you want to watch in context).

And if you like what you see, do check out the works of Jan Svankmajer and Ladislas Starevich - again, only in the unlikely case you live under a rock.

Samuel Higley's "Fit For The Plough" Riddles

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011

The Collector by Samuel Higley, oil on board, 9 x 16", 2011 - click to enlarge

Samuel Higley calls himself a "commercial artist" but as prosaic and honest that description is, it really is way too humble and limiting as his work is really captivating and he's obviously an extremely skilled craftsman.

Fit For the Plough cover by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

He first caught my eye (ouch!) with his piece The Collector from this summer (very top).

Pick a Pocket or Three (pickpocket) by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

For the past few weeks, he's been posting his Fit For The Plough series to his Tumblr by turning each ink drawing into an image riddle:

"The subjects are deformed suiting to their occupation. There’s a quote for each image to help guess what their occupation is. I’ll reveal the occupation the following Monday."

Left on the Shelf (librarian) by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

Samuel's portfolio is here and if you want to follow his Fit For The Plough riddles, make sure to check his Tumblr every Monday for a new piece and the solution to the previous one.

A Fine Catch (yet to be solved - apparently, it's not a lobster fisher...) by Samuel Higley - click to enlarge

Fuco Ueda at AKI Gallery, Taipei

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011

Drawing 6 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

If you happen to be in Taipei, I'm glad to report that Fuco Ueda - queen of seductively slurping eels and erotically dripping honeycombs - is currently one half of a show taking place at AKI Gallery.

The show's title is Red & Blue and I'm just assuming she's Blue. I guess.

I was particularly excited to see her new drawings being on display - proof, if it were ever needed, that she does really excel in many media and formats.

I'm a bit confused by the exhibition being listed as "private" - this could just be a translation error but please do check with the gallery via email before visiting.

Details below.

Drawing 1 by Fuco Ueda, pencil & acrylic on paper, 295×210 mm, 2010

On show: Sep 10 - Oct 2, 2011

Address: AKI Gallery, 141 Min Tsu W. Road, Taipei 103-69, Taiwan, tel: 886-2-2599-1171, email: aki.taiwan@akigallery.com.tw


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Eric White (yes, again!) at Galleria Antonio Colombo, Milan

by Suzanne on September 12th, 2011

The One by Eric White, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 cm, 2004 - click to enlarge

Yep, we've only just featured Eric but here he is again, this time with his first ever solo show in Italy! Automatic will open this Thursday, September 15 and present a comprehensive selection of his work - oil paintings, drawings and limited edition prints - focussing on post-war cinematics and the heyday of the American car industry.

Most of the exhibited works deal with the rather Ballardesque theme of the interiors of (vintage) cars and the events taking place in them - presented in a voyeuristic manner of weirdly angled shots through the car windows.

Because that's such a great topic that you should discover for yourself and in real-life, I decided to not post any pictures of what you can expect but instead illustrate the post with Eric's hair series because I'm mean like that.

Another One by Eric White, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 cm, 2004 - click to enlarge

And you know what's particularly amazing about this show? Someone actually managed the almost humanly impossible: To write a fantastic, unpretentious press release. So let's have some of it:

"Eric White can be considered one of the great pioneers of the oneiric Realism that draws on American film culture prior to World War II to create original psychedelic visions in the most refined painterly manner, deceptively referencing the customary vision of the imagery of the America Dream. His works often seem to lurk behind a very thin veil, an impalpable membrane that separates the real world from the realm of dreams, a land of infinite meetings, sensations, oddities."

Details below.

A Last One by Eric White, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 cm, 2004 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Thursday, Sep 15, 2011, 6 PM onwards

On show: Sep 15 - Nov 19, 2011

Address: Galleria Antonio Colombo, via Solferino 44, 20121 Milan, Italy, tel: +39 0229060171, email: info@colomboarte.com

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 3 - 7 PM

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Thom Puckey's "Armed & Relatively Dangerous" at Stichting Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen

by Suzanne on September 11th, 2011

A.V. with Knife and RPG-7 by Thom Puckey, statuario marble, 65 x 72 x 160 cm, 2009, photo by Linda Jansen, courtesy Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries - click to enlarge

My Dutch has clearly seen better days, so I'll keep this post short before I start making stuff up.

What I think I gathered from here is that the great Thom Puckey is presenting five of his recent life-sized sculptural works made between 2009 and 2011 at Stichting Kunstfort in Vijfhuizen in a solo show that's opened today. That's in the Netherlands, in case you're geographically challenged. I wouldn't blame you as it's indeed the first time this institution has been mentioned on the WurzelBlog®. It so happens that the Kunstfort is part of Amsterdam's old defence line and listed as a UNESCO monument.

Thom's selected works for Armed & Relatively Dangerous remind me of a classicistically mellow and more psychologically intimate and innocent version of AES+F's (literally) bombastic Last Riot series - it has to be noted, however, that Thom works with beautifully veined statuary marble whereas AES+F's sculptures are made of porcelain, so their approaches couldn't be more different.

Isabelle Schiltz as Crawling Figure by Thom Puckey, statuario marble, 186 x 67 x 75 cm, 2010, photo Francesco Ozzola - click to enlarge

On show: Sep 11 - Nov 27, 2011

Address: Stichting Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Fortwachter 1, 2141 EE Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)23 5589013

Admission: € 2

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Marianna Gartner's "Intervention" at Upper Belvedere, Vienna

by Suzanne on September 11th, 2011

Girl on Couch by Marianna Gartner, oil on wood, 20x20 cm, 2009 - click to enlarge

Vienna's pompous Belvedere has started an interesting series of exhibitions entitled Interventions inviting contemporary artists to reinterpret its venerable collection of old-master works.

Canadian artist Marianna Gartner whose oeuvre naturally plays with the past and present seems like a very logical choice for the new edition of Interventions which opens this coming Thursday, September 15.

From the press release:

"For her intervention, she is going to create new paintings in which she takes up aspects from works by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Anton Romako, Michael Pacher, and others in order to interpret them in her own artistic language."

All details below.

Bad Friedrich (detail) by Marianna Gartner, oil on canvas, 200x120 cm, 2008 - click to enlarge

On show: Sep 15 - Dec 18, 2011

Address: Upper Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030, Vienna, Austria, tel: + 43 1 79 557-0, email: info@belvedere.at

Opening hours: Daily: 10 AM – 6 PM

Admission: € 9.50

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Impressions from Charles Matton's "Enclosures" at AVA, London

by Suzanne on September 11th, 2011

The Untidy Woman's Bedroom by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

After spending some time drooling over Edwardian and Victorian dollhouses at the VA Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green for the 4th time yesterday afternoon, I decided to go check out Charles Matton's Enclosures miniature room installations and mirror mazes about which I reported earlier.

And what can I tell you, dear reader? Definitely the show of the year. If you're in London between now and October 8, DO NOT miss it. All details here.

It was a bit of a challenge taking these pictures through glass covered in fingerprints so please understand that these works look way better in person. And to give you an idea of dimensions: None of these cases is larger than 1m³ and you can see a typical layout in the last picture.

Studio of a Classical Sculptor IV – Saskia Expecting Titus III by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

Studio of a Classical Sculptor II by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

Sigmund Freud's Study by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

Mariefried's Bathroom by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

Alberto Giacometti's Studio by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

The New York Loft, 26th Street by Charles Matton, photo by Wurzeltod – click to enlarge

Rong Rong & Inri at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

by Suzanne on September 10th, 2011

In Bad Goisern, Austria 2001 No. 1 (detail) by Rong Rong & Inri, hand-dyed gelatin silver print, 2001 - click to enlarge

One of the Asian photography world's most interesting art couples - Fujian-born (China) Rong Rong and his Kanagawa-born (Japan) wife Inri - are currently showing their first-ever solo exhibition Three Begets Ten Thousand Things at Hong Kong's Blindspot Gallery.

East Village, Beijing 1995 No. 9 by Rong Rong, gelatin silver print, 1995, featuring Zhang Huan - click to enlarge

As an admirer of both Rong Rong's early oeuvre (I admit this might have something to do with a decade-old crush on artist Zhang Huan who appears in many of Rong Rong's pictures from that period) as well as their more elemental collaborative contemporary pieces, I'm glad to see that both their photographic past and present are equally highlighted in the exhibition:

"The exhibition consists of two parts. Part I presented at Blindspot Gallery (Central), will be a selection of Rong Rong’s most significant series dating from the early 1990s including East Village, Ruins and Wedding Gown.

Part II presented at Blindspot Annex (Wong Chuk Hang), will feature a decade of collaborative work of Rong Rong & Inri."

Details below.

East Village, Beijing 1994 No.12 by Rong Rong, gelatin silver print, 1994, featuring Zhang Huan - click to enlarge

On show: Sep 10 - Nov 13, 2011

Address: Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A, Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: +852 2517 6238, email: info@blindspotgallery.com | Blindspot Annex, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, tel: +852 2873 3819, email: info@blindspotgallery.com | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM

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Liam Sparkes at AKA, Berlin

by Suzanne on September 9th, 2011

Portrait of Tattooist Liam Sparkes by Emily Hope - click to enlarge

Good people of Berlin! There's a Liam Sparkes exhibition opening in your beautiful town tonight. The reception takes place at AKA at Pflügerstrasse 6 in 12047 Berlin (map) and I'm not sure for how long the show will remain on view. In fact, I'm not even sure what's going to be exhibited. o_O

Tattoo by Liam Sparkes, picture BWified, tattoo monochrome - click to enlarge

But it's Liam's work so you know you won't be disappointed. If you're still in doubt, check out the extensive tattoo portfolio on his Flickr (early work on top, recent work on page 12). Personally, I'm very fond of his Bellmer tattoos.

Oh, and while you're at it, his Sleeping People series is also quite enlightening.

Tattoo by Liam Sparkes, picture BWified, tattoo monochrome - click to enlarge

Liam currently tattoos at Shangri-La Tattoo in London but he's clearly been around the block and also used to work at East River Tattoo in Brooklyn.

Tattoo by Liam Sparkes, picture BWified, tattoo monochrome - click to enlarge

Liam is also the world record holder for lighting the same cigarette as many times as humanly possible:

Daniel Barkley at The Weiss Gallery, Calgary

by Suzanne on September 8th, 2011

Study for Golden Boy by Daniel Barkley, watercolour, 30 x 22 inches - click to enlarge

The other day, a reader demanded more male nudity on this blog and the very same evening, I happened to stumble upon the portfolio of Montreal-based painter Daniel Barkley.

Daniel has a solo show opening at The Weiss Gallery in Calgary tonight, and well, the gents in the two watercolour studies presented here are clearly very nude, very young, very sinewy, very pale and very covered in... uhmm... stuff - so don't complain.

Details below.

Etude pour Bain bleu I by Daniel Barkley, watercolour, 30 x 22 inches - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Tonight, Sep 8, 2011, 5 - 8 PM - the artist will be in attendance

On show: Sep 8 - Oct 8, 2011

Address: The Weiss Gallery, 1021 Sixth Street SW, Calgary, Canada, T2R 1R2, tel: 403 262 1880, email: info@theweissgallery.com

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM, or by appointment

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