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Nicola Samori's "Imaginifragus" at Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

by Suzanne on October 31st, 2011

Installation view of Imaginifragus by Nicola Samori at Christian Ehrentraut, 2011 - click to enlarge

I normally don't post installation views of shows but in the case of Italian-born Nicola Samori's new exhibition Imaginifragus, I'll make an exception to this rule as the hanging and contextualisation really does do his oeuvre absolute justice (needless to say, it's worth enlarging these two pictures).

Imaginifragus is Nicola's first German solo exhibition at Christian Ehrentraut where he was part of a group show earlier this year.

Deconstructive nihilism and auto-aggressive existentialism never looked so technically impeccable and aesthetically pleasing.

The show opened last weekend and will remain on view until December 17. An etching in an edition of twelve (hurry!) has been released especially for this show. Contact Anne Kathrin Wegener at the gallery for further details.

Installation view of Imaginifragus by Nicola Samori at Christian Ehrentraut, 2011 - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 28 - Dec 17, 2011

Address: Christian Ehrentraut, Friedrichstr. 123, D-10117, Berlin, Germany, subway: Oranienburger Tor, tel: +49 30 44 03 83 85, email: mail@christianehrentraut.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

Press release | Installation views

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Liberty Snake Episode Nine at The Horatia, London, Nov 4

by Suzanne on October 31st, 2011

Flyer for LS 009, artwork: Scene im Hades from Jugend 1896 - click to enlarge

The great MisanthroPop kindly invites you to the 9th installment of The Liberty Snake - taking place at London's Horatia this Friday, November 4, 2011.

If you're on Facebook, you can click here to RSVP and you'll be on the cheap list (£3 instead of £4).

There will be free Misanthropia - The Greatest Country in the World zines and mix CDs to take away while supplies last.

I'll be doing the door/merch stand/free art ranting & fortune telling desk and there will be lots of great music:


Now Wash Your Hands (Power Electronics from Nottingham, UK)

"Nathan Nothing was failing at music so he decided the only option left was to take up noise (or power electronics to be specific). He also wanted an outlet for his grumpy foul tempers and to humiliate himself onstage for others' amusement wearing special costumes. There is nothing more important than being clean and nothing cleans the head out better than a healthy blast of noise! (Always wash your hands). Death to false noise!"

Soft Riot (London, UK)

"A casual project that formed in the mid-naughties under the original name JJ Wax, Soft Riot’s original angle was “ambient punk”, fusing elements of drone-y post-rock, minimal wave electronics, synthesizer-based cinema soundtracks and a bit of chordal mass composition."


• Sereina Noelle Winters (Berlin/California)

Emi Trashbeat & Zevoa (Never Come Back)

Misanthro-Pop Release DJs

Flyer for LS 009 - click to enlarge


Formed in February 2007, The Liberty Snake is a sporadic music event that attempts to provide a lighthearted night of fun and dancing for people with a particular taste.

The club first started out with a heavy emphasis on French cold-wave and industrial music, but now has a much broader focus, playing several different genres of "oddities" and anti-music.

The Liberty Snake is hosted by Robert M Fenner (Nurvuss, RMF-Noir, No Kisses)

cold-wave / no-wave / bad-trip / minimal / gloom jazz / misanthropop / new savage / post-industrial soul / port-mortem / post-office / oddities / no italo disco

Leopold Rabus & Rabus Family at Cueto Project, New York

by Suzanne on October 30th, 2011

Neige et Renard by Leopold Rabus, oil on canvas, 230 x 300 cm, 2007 - click to enlarge

From this coming Saturday onwards, Swiss Family Rabus will be presenting works by Papa Alex, Mama Renate, sons Till & Leopold in a family show entitled The Rabus Go West at Cueto Project in New York.

Artist families showing together is an extremely sweet thing and way too rare in this age, so even though I have no clear idea of what's going to be on show, rest assured that it will be a highly personal and emotional show that you shouldn't miss.

And look, aren't they just the cutest?!

Le Point d'Eau by Leopold Rabus, oil on canvas, 240 x 300 cm, 2008 - click to enlarge

My favourite of the bunch is obviously young Leopold Rabus from Neuchâtel - whom I featured here a couple of times in the past and whose artistic proficiency continues to amaze me with his Tauwetter aesthetic, his collapsed perspectives, his honest and so very non-Swiss look at filth, anatomy and degeneration, his Balzacian description of landscapes that look like eternal battlefields - forever picturesquely traumatised.

Details to The Rabus Go West below.

Veau en train de brouter (detail) by Leopold Rabus, oil on canvas, 240 x 300 cm, 2008 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 5, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 5 - 26, 2011

Address: Cueto Project, 551, West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, tel : + 1 212 229 2221, email: info@cuetoproject.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

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Michaël Borremans' "The Devil's Dress" at David Zwirner, New York

by Suzanne on October 30th, 2011

The (Courmajeur) Conducinator by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour and white ink on cardboard, 17 x 24 cm, 2002 - click to enlarge

While I featured many of Michaël Borremans' oil paintings here in the past, I have recently developed a bit of an obsession with his drawings.

Borremans' paintings clearly show an eye for the sculptural, textile and the theatrical, whereas his drawings prove that he's got an incredible eye for architecture, management of space and a love for the caricature.

It's often in his drawings that his pitch-black and hopeless sense of humour becomes apparent and I believe work titles like Various Ways of Avoiding Visual Contact With the Outside World Using Yellow Isolating Tape illustrate this feeling perfectly.

From this coming Friday onwards, David Zwirner will present a series of new works by Borremans under the title The Devil's Dress. The preview should be available on the eve of the reception so do check back.

The press release promises:

"This exhibition, the artist’s fourth solo show at the gallery, brings together paintings and a three-part work on paper that each seems like a variant of a shared theme. Lone figures in pensive or semiconscious states are depicted squarely in the center of the compositions; while their faces are mostly obscured, a psychologically-charged mood prevails."

Details below.

Slight Modifications by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour, white ink and ballpoint on paper, 35 x 54 cm, 2001 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 4, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2011

Address: David Zwirner , 525 West 19th Street (between 10th Ave. and West St.), New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212 727 2070 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM, Mon: By appointment

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Joao Ruas' "Yore" at Thinkspace, Culver City

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011

The Two Tempting Heracles by Joao Ruas, graphite and watercolour on acetate and heavyweight paper, 2011 - click to enlarge

Been umming and ahhing whether I should announce this or not as I must honestly admit that, at least from what I've seen in the preview, some of the subtleties in the facial features seem a bit more rushed than usual and the Ruasesque obsession with suggestive gestures appears to be more in the background while more attention is focussed on layering of fabrics and hair. Which is not necessarily a negative thing but it's a bit omnipresent at the moment with Eric Fortune and Tran Nguyen moving in a somewhat similar direction.

Having said that, most of these works are still in progress and the piece above did convince me and has pretty much everything I'm looking for in a Ruas and some anatomical details are indeed rather breathtaking - like the ecstatic definition of the toes and the toning of the belly in this new piece here.

Yore opens this coming Saturday, November 5, at Thinkspace and will remain on view until November 26. Details below.

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 5, 2011, 5 - 8 PM, artist will be in attendance

On show: Nov 5 - 26, 2011

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: contact@thinkspacegallery.com

Hours: Wed - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat: 1 - 8 PM


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Fu Lei print exhibition at ART Gallery, Beijing

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011

© Fu Lei - click to enlarge

I don't really have much on this exhibition other than that prints by Fu Lei will be on show and that it closes tomorrow, well today in Chinese terms, at 6 PM sharp at ART Gallery in Tongzhou District in Beijing, so if you're out there, do go check it out.

In the exhibited works, Fu Lei's (does anyone have a link with more works by him?!) Brancusiesque bunny character voyeuristically disrupts Rubenesque scenes of intercourse and autoerotic thrombosis taking place amongst silken pillows, nooses, pearls and rotting food... which is PRECISELY why I'm posting this here in the first place.

Google Translate spits out stuff like this when trying to translate the press release so go figure:

"Fu Lei, deconstruction is the period of history (the history of the digestion period of the structure) still adhere to the pure spirit of the legacy of ancient beads. He was forgotten in the old grid deepest material, as has been forgotten in the appendix in the digestive system of a hard rice."

Oh, and anyone who says "Oh cool, reminds me of Botero!" will have their fucking IP blocked for good.

Details below.

© Fu Lei - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2011

Address: ART Gallery, East Region Songzhuang, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China, email: art@ccartd.com

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Chinese press release

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Christiana Soulou's "Les Enfants Terribles" at Sadie Coles, London

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011

© Christiana Soulou, courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles - click to enlarge

Born in the 1960s in Athens and educated in Paris, Greek artist Christiana Soulou will soon be presenting a selection of new works under the title Les Enfants Terribles - inspired by the 1929 novel of the same name by Jean Cocteau, I presume; no press release has surfaced yet - at London's Sadie Coles gallery.

There's a rather obvious seductive Hans Bellmer and playful Pierre Klossowski influence to what she does and every once in a while, some Rachel Goodyear poses come to mind.

It's obviously rather heartbreaking to view her work over the interwebs as her drawings are way too fragile and intricate - so if you're in London, do go check out Les Enfants Terribles at Sadie Coles where you can also pick up reasonably priced books about her work - one even written by the great Hans Ulrich Obrist. Gosh.

The show runs until December 21 . All details below.

Opening reception: Nov 2, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 2 - Dec 21, 2011

Address: Sadie Coles HQ, South Audley St, 69 South Audley Street, London W1K 2QZ, United Kingdom, email: info@sadiecoles.com, tel: +44 [0] 20 7493 8611 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM

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Iwajla Klinke's "Crowns and Gladiola" at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin

by Suzanne on October 29th, 2011

Lots of announcements to post so I'll keep these all fairly short.

From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

This coming Friday, November 4, Iwajla Klinke will be opening her solo show Crowns and Gladiola at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen in Berlin.

On show will be a new series of works, but I decided to illustrate this post with one of her most powerful past series: Ritual Memories - for all those of you who are new to her haunting work.

From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

Crowns and Gladiola will investigate the following:

"The photographic portraits featured in “Crowns and Gladiola” take as their inspiration the Yona Wallach poem, “Jonathan,” in which the author imagines herself a young boy being slain by other children wielding gladiola as swords.

Here, Iwajla Klinke’s fascination with human ritual – previously explored through portraits of young male subjects adorned in arcane religious cloths – is expanded to explore cultural practices situated even further from the center of mainstream Occidental discourse.

Idylls from Wallach’s poem are interpreted almost literally in portraits of fencers; a series of models bearing bridal crowns evoke a not-so-distant time when girls of a similar age had their futures determined for them through arranged marriage."

You can read the full press release here. The show will remain on view until November 26. Details below.

From the Ritual Memories series by Iwajla Klinke

On show: Nov 5 - Nov 26, 2011

Address: Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Novalisstrasse 7, 10115 Berlin, Germany, email: info@galerielehtinen.com, tel: +49 (0)176 3240 6673 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Press release

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Keiichi Tanaami's "Hop Step Jump" published by Nieves

by Suzanne on October 21st, 2011

Double page from Hop Step Jump by Keiichi Tanaami, published by Nieves, 32 pages, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, color offset, 2011 - click to enlarge

I guess I have expressed my huge love affair with the small(est) press and tiny publication houses/rooms/shoeboxes here often enough by posting about releases by My Dance The Skull, Shelter Press, Le Dernier Cri, Atem Books and obviously also the now sadly defunct Kaugummi Books and Les éditions derrière la salle de bains. And everyone I forgot.

A small publisher that's been around for a decade now releasing book after book and zine after zine is Zurich's Nieves. Their catalogue is really diverse and eclectic and they have their own iPhone app and they're an incredibly progressive and very driven bunch of people.

Why am I telling you all this? For mainly three reasons:

• Because a lot of small art zine publishers are struggling to survive due to a low-to-non-profit nature of their business and no-advertisement approach while doing highly important communication work for the visual arts. So they deserve your support.

• Art zines are often super cheap, a lot of them numbered and limited in edition size, lovingly produced - a lot of them screen-printed or printed on Risographs or Goccos, and they simply offer you so much more authenticity and genuinity than a glossy mag.

• Nieves has just released a little book on the art of Keiichi Tanaami and it's super tasty and psychedelic.

Double page from Hop Step Jump by Keiichi Tanaami, published by Nieves, 32 pages, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, color offset, 2011 - click to enlarge

Hop Step Jump is a fantastic visual journey through Keiichi Tanaami's memories and nightmares. Born in Tokyo in 1936, he absorbed the horrors and grotesquery of warfare from early childhood and later wrote about these experiences and how they affected his art:

“I was rushed away from my childhood, a time that should be filled with eating and playing, by the enigmatic monstrosity of war; my dreams were a vortex of fear and anxiety, anger and resignation. On the night of the air raid, I remember watching swarms of people flee from bald mountaintops. But then something occurs to me: was that moment real? Dream and reality are all mixed up in my memories, recorded permanently in this ambiguous way.”

You can preview the book here and purchase it here.

Nagi Noda at Creation Gallery G8, Tokyo

by Suzanne on October 20th, 2011

Nagi Noda, 1973 - 2008

Nagi Noda - the incredibly talented multi-genre artist, director, designer, fashion and hair visionary who died in the prime of her creative career three years ago is finally being honoured with a retrospective of her astonishingly diverse work in Tokyo, where she lived and worked.

Creation Gallery will be showing lots of previously unseen works and certainly some of her well-known animal haircuts/hats, superb photographs and some of her fantastically imaginative videos like Mariko Takahashi's Poodle Fitness Video which beyond doubt influenced such annoying obnoxious OKAY OKAY kinda cute things as this.

I've long forgiven her a rather obvious appropriation of Makoto Aida's work.

So if you're in Tokyo, do go down to Creation Gallery to celebrate the short sweet life and jubliant work of this stellar woman.

Sentimental Journey - Nagi Noda from FIBRA on Vimeo.

On show: Oct 18 - Nov 18, 2011

Address: Creation Gallery G8, Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg., 1F
8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8001, Japan | Map

Hours: Mon - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM

Press release

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Thanks for the reminder, Gestalten!