Monday, March 31, 2008
I recently came across the work of Rebekah Bogard. You could almost describe it as a strange blend of Amy Sol's sweet sleepy creatures and Yoko D'Holbachie's cartoon colored sea- creature like chimeras, however Rebekah's works are all masterfully crafted ceramics!
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 8:27 PM
Artist Kipling West posted this image of an old illustration in a book she had found, it's so great I thought I should repost it here. I especially like the one getting scolded.
"Urchins of the Sea
Marie Overton Corbin and Charles Buxton Going
Longmans, Green, and Co."
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 5:26 PM
Last Saturday I had lasik surgery to correct my vision. I can see close up, but was unable to see far very well (hardly at all). I could not wear contacts and hated wearing glasses so I got over the fear of having lasers slice my eyeballs open and went for it. The actual surgery kinda sucks, but only lasts a few minutes. Afterwards I took a second valium because my eyes hurt so badly that it was making me cry. That second dose made me start tripping and I thought I was in a carnival land made of drippy candle wax-like mud. (I'm SURE there is a painting of that SOMEWHERE) After I woke up that evening I could see! And I see GREAT now- it's astonishing. The only downside is that I look like a zombie from 28 Days Later since the surgery made my eyes turn red. I thought I'd share the beauty of my ruptured eye whites. Bon appetite!
The great Alex Gross has a new show opening April 4th at Jonathan Levine, entitled "Mysteries and Manners"...can't wait to see it! I've posted before about Alex's intriguing mix of Victorian and traditional Asian motifs, looks like he's be adding some new layers to his wunderkammer-like paintings.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 4:18 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Ronald Kurniawan is one of my very favorite artists. His color sense is divine. I have shown him in the past and we keep talking about him showing in the future, but he's naughty and incommunicado much of the time. That's ok, as long as he keeps making such wonderful stuff.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 2:25 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The gallery and the new show coming up with Travis Louie and Femke Hiemstra got a nice full page write up in the new issue of Inked magazine, which is a "lifestyle tattoo magazine" heavy on the foxy babes. It's fun to be in magazines like that and not have to take your top off to do so! God knows I appreciate the write up.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Anthony emailed me a painting from his upcoming NY show at 31 Grand Gallery. This one is called "the soothsayers greatest game ever!" Want. I bought the unsold painting from the last show and it is now over my computer at my desk at home.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 1:48 PM
Monday, March 24, 2008
I was flipping through an old art book and was reminded about the work of Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). He was an influential German Romantic painter who painted mainly allegorical landscapes. He did lots of very creepy and great paintings of run down cemeteries, gothic ruins, and shipwrecks. He was pretty into the decay of man made monuments, and consequently the grandeur of nature.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 11:45 PM
I just did an interview with Camille Rose Garcia for the next issue of Hi Fructose. We talk a lot about how it is to function in a world where there is so much misery and destruction, and I really enjoyed hearing what she had to say because she's very unapologetic about how she feels. But it made me think to post some of her work. I adore it, it really pulls a lot of emotional chords in me, especially her newer work that deals with animals, habitat destruction, and looming extinction. Looking at her work is a way for me to think about these things without completely wanting to kill myself.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 11:26 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This week has been getting ready for Robert Burden's show this Friday. His paintings are huuuuuge and he drove them up in a Uhaul from San Francisco. Today we got most of them up and the effect is astonishing. Damion from BLVD is going to help me make a little panoramic video I can post, because seeing these paintings in jpeg form vs seeing their effect large scale is a whole other thing. The show truly looks amazing in the real sense of the word!
I've also been feeling a little bit burnt out, so I've been laying low. Sometimes the whole art thing gets a little overwhelming (mainly because I'm involved in it so much and there's SO much of it). I'm constantly trying to stay on top of things, as well as trying to get people excited about my new shows and new artists every month (and have been for almost a decade) that sometimes I just have to stop reading art mags and blogs and looking at shows for a little bit. It's kind of like sniffing coffee beans after smelling too much perfume I guess.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 11:16 PM
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Madame Talbot offers a veritable cornucopia of weird on her wonderful website. She offers handmade curio cabinets, posters, dolls and other assorted ephemera, not to mention a crazy assortment of vintage items to drool over.
Any weird counterculture thing you can think of, from beatniks to werewolves, she has got you covered.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 7:48 PM
Sunday, March 9, 2008
One of the things I love about the Victorians was their obsession with propriety yet the huge roiling undercurrent of dark weirdness that also went on during those times. Richard Dadd was a painter who focused often on painting fairies...he also went nuts and killed his father. Many of his painting were made in the asylum. A sad story- but interesting paintings!
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 3:45 PM
Monday, March 3, 2008
Ah, Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)...big kahuna of the Symbolist movement. The thing I particularly like about his work (and in my mind he's one of the top painters ever, growing up looking at his work made him sort of mythical to me) is that his work looks like it comes from another time, it looks like it could have come from another, forgotten era thousands of years ago. It has a mystical, otherworldly look, but lacks sloppy or trite romanticism...it has a feral power lurking under the surface.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 10:47 PM
I really, really like Nathan Ota's paintings. His work contains characters such as eyeless birds, cyclops robots, and tree stump men. I think they have a nice commentary on enviromental issues, and man, are his paintings tight! Highly detailed and perfect in person, and the color palette is fantastic.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 5:53 PM