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Julie Heffernan's "Infinite Work in Progress" at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

by Suzanne on March 2nd, 2012

Self Portrait as Post Script by Julie Heffernan, 2007, oil on canvas, 67 x 56 inches - click to enlarge

Announcements of new Heffernan shows (thank you, Phantasmaphile!) are always a good excuse for me to go for a dive in the endless pool of her archived works - and realise that Booty (see image above and below) remains my favourite series to date.

And although I'm not entirely sure which of her flora-and-fauntastical self-portraits will be on show at the Infinite Work in Progress solo show, the well-chosen title and the fact that there's over 20 works on display both suggest that the probability that you'll get to see something from the Booty series is mathematically speaking relatively high.

I know I normally tend to post free exhibitions here but yes, I would still say that it's worth the $12 (OUCH, Y THOUGH?!) admission fee.

Details below.

Self Portrait as Spill by Julie Heffernan, 2007, oil on canvas, 68 x 60 inches - click to enlarge

On show: Feb 16 - May 13, 2012

Address: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA, tel: (405) 236-3100 or (800) 579-9ART, email: info@okcmoa.com | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Admission: $12

Press release

WurzelForum discussion

Julie Heffernan in San Francisco & Alex CF's limited edition of "Many Dead Things"

by Suzanne on August 28th, 2011

Budding Boy by Julie Heffernan, oil on canvas, 78 x 56 inches, 2010 - click to enlarge

This coming Saturday, September 3, Julie Heffernan's highly anticipated solo show Boy O Boy II will be opening at Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, San Francisco.

Since it's totally impossible to notice the subtleties, the intricate microcosms (see for instance the tiny ladder in Budding Boy bottom left), the cultivated pastoral or the symbiotic opulence which are all so very essential to Julie's work in an online reproduction, I would highly recommend you to go see Boy O Boy II in person if you happen to be in S.F..

The official reception is actually not until September 10, 4 - 7 PM. The exhibition will remain on show until October 29, 2011.

© Alex CF

Good news just reached us from Alex CF HQ: Alex's acclaimed debut monograph Many Dead Things - The Specimens of Lord Merrylin will be released as a new edition. Click here for more details and here to pre-order your own copy.

The release is limited to 100 copies only - each of them signed - containing 140 pages of glorious cryptozoology, a foreword by the great Reece Shearsmith from League of Gentlemen and costs £30.

Finally, and for absolutely no reason other than CAUSE I FUCKING CAN, please enjoy these fabulous horror GIFs that were brought to my attention by the SameHat Tumblr. If you happen to have any information on their source and/or creator, please do get in touch.

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Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on May 19th, 2011

UPDATE MAY 23, 2011: Please see a few impressions of the show from my Flickr:

Ascend by Francesca Lowe, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

I'm very excited about Francesca Lowe's forthcoming Headland: Woman in a Landscape exhibition which will be opening at London's Riflemaker this coming Monday.

With an oeuvre that brings together the abundance of Julie Heffernan, the hybridity of Heidi Taillefer and the menagerie of Josh Keyes and paints it all in a dystopian watercoloury sweetness and on a huge scale, Francesca Lowe surely knows how to aesthetically amalgamate and wow.

More details below.

Madonna's Legacy by Francesca Lowe, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: May 23 - July 2, 2011

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9SU, UK, tel: 020 7439 0000, email: info@riflemaker.org | Map

Gallery hours: Mon - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Preview works | Press release

Artist's website

by suzanne_tumblr on September 7th, 2009

Self-Portrait as Wunderkabinett by Julie Heffernan, 2003

Elle en avait fini, songeait-elle, avec toutes les trahisons, les bassesses et les innombrables convoitises qui la torturaient.

Elle ne haïssait personne, maintenant; une confusion de crépuscule s’abattait en sa pensée, et de tous les bruits de la terre Emma n’entendait plus que l’intermittente lamentation de ce pauvre cÅ“ur, douce et indistincte, comme le dernier écho d’une symphonie qui s’éloigne.”

(Extract from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - one of my favourite books ever…)

Julie Heffernan at Catharine Clark Gallery, S.F.

by Suzanne on August 30th, 2008

Study for Self-Portrait as Growth by Julie Heffernan, oil on canvas, 2008 - click for details

My imaginary Siamese blog twin sister Phantasmaphile kindly informs us about an upcoming Julie Heffernan exhibition entitled Broken Homes which is due to open at Catharine Clark Gallery tonight. There's not much information available on the gallery website yet, so please make sure to check back later.

Having just exhibited Timothy Cummings' Last Call, it seems to me that Catharina Clark follows a rather aesthetically consistent exhibition programme which of course is very much to my liking.

Sadly, I've never actually seen any of Julie's works in person, but I've been told that her detailing is vertiginous if not hypnotising.

As an ardent lover of her narrative self-portraits filled with an overwhelming abundance of fragant flowers, exotic birds, consuming fires and distorted mirrors, I must admit that I'm visually not too keen (yet) on her new Brueghelesque organo houses as motives, but they're beyond doubt masterfully executed and the fact that she still refers to them as "self-portraits" definitely fills them with endless layers of meaning and purpose. And I like purpose.

Opens: Saturday, August 30, 2008

Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2008, 1 - 3 PM

On show: August 30 - September 27, 2008

Address: Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, Ground Floor between 3rd and New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA, USA, tel: 415.399.1439 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Fri, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM | Sat: 11 AM - 5:30 PM

Artist's gallery profile


Cover detail of Alex CF's What Alice Saw box set - click on image to purchase

I) Alex has a beautiful Alice print box set for sale!

It's an adorable hand signed and numbered A5 box containing 15 of his sickly sweet What Alice Saw drawings. They're printed on heavy weight drawing paper and I think you should all have one. Or two.

II) Another thing everyone should have is a printable and customisable Christopher Walken mask! How could I ever live without one?!

Acide arsénieux trioxyde

by Suzanne G. on December 10th, 2004

© Julie Heffernan
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

"Elle en avait fini, songeait-elle, avec toutes les trahisons, les bassesses et les innombrables convoitises qui la torturaient.

Elle ne haïssait personne, maintenant; une confusion de crépuscule s'abattait en sa pensée, et de tous les bruits de la terre Emma n'entendait plus que l'intermittente lamentation de ce pauvre cœur, douce et indistincte, comme le dernier écho d'une symphonie qui s'éloigne."

(Extrait de Madame Bovary par Gustave Flaubert)