Friday, January 28, 2011

Albert Von Keller and His Occult Art

This post is long overdue, I really wanted to get it up sooner, but alas! While visiting Seattle, went to the Frye Museum to see a show titled "Seance", featuring the works of Albert Von Keller. I was ignorant of his works and was mesmerized by their wonderfully creepy, moody, druggy kind feel. Some made one feel like they were in a turn of the century insane asylum, while others had an opium-den-brothel kind of feel to them. I fell in love with them all. Incredible antique frames anointed each piece as well. Getting a nice photo of them was very difficult, you will need to see these works for yourself, if ever you get the chance. This museum was a surprisingly great visit as well, the fantastic permanent collection in the back room will have to wait for an even later post. 

From the Frye's site:
"Keller’s close association with the Munich psychiatrist Dr. Albert von Schrenck-Notzing (1862–1929), and his participation in séances and occult experiments, placed him at the center of passionate debates in fin de siècle Germany on Seelenleben, or the life of the soul. While fascinated by the paranormal, Keller was equally enthralled by traditional Christian narratives such as the raising of the dead, the powers of mystical healing, and the mysteries of stigmata. He engaged in a lifelong search for new techniques and visual forms to describe shifting, uncertain states of being and becoming."
"The Frye Art Museum’s exhibition showcases Keller’s enigmatic subjects—corpses, séances, dancers in trancelike states, martyred saints, and burning witches—to reveal a potent combination of religious fervor, mysticism, and sensuality. It presents key paintings by Keller from the Kunsthaus Zürich, whose collection was recently enriched by the remarkable gift of more than three hundred paintings by Albert von Keller from the estate of Swiss chemist Oskar A. Müller (1899–1994)."

Kurtis Rykovich Exhibit in Napa

Many of you may remember Kurtis's  works from past Eclectix shows (the one above is from "Delicate") and past posts. He has a new show coming up at Fume in Napa, with some old and some new works. If you get a chance head on out there, the opening is this Sunday, Jan.30th from 5-8 pm. Great food, art and company!

Crono Street Artists: Painting Portugal

Crono is a Portugese Urban Art project with the intention of pairing some of the best street artists with huge, beautiful (abandoned) buildings in Lisbon. The idea already has had a significant impact on the ‘look’ of the city and will continue to provide some amazing street art.
-Via LostAtEMinor

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"FLESH", The Art of the Body, Eclectix Volume 6

Card art by Erika Meriaux 

The new Eclectix issue is all about art related to flesh, human flesh that is - portraits, figurative works, skin art - you name it. With weekly related posts and features. 

This weeks posts include: 
- Heidi Taillefer's surreal bodies
- Sean Cheetham's gorgeous portraits
- Ron Mueck's giants
- Interview with John Seabury
- And other fun and random tidbits.

With an evolving online exhibit of the best newbrow flesh art out there, featuring: Sean Cheetham, Susan Burghart, Heidi Taillefer, Ron Mueck, Ben Heine, Mesissa Forman, Jeremy Lipking, Gary Stearly, Barnaby Whitfield, Arabella Proffer, Agnieszka Szuba, Beatriz Martin-Vidal, Rick Baker, Dean Fleming, Andy Hixon, Jared Joslin, Aaron Johnson, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Shepard Fairey, Jason Shawn Alexander, Terry Rogers, Mary Jane Ansell, Erika Meriaux, Leilani Bustamante, Nachan, Shawn Barber, Kurtis Rykovich, Michael Hussar, Rich Salcido, Elizabeth Caffey, Annie Leibovitz, John Brophy, Cate Rangel, Marilyn Manson, Gavin Nolan, Jenn Porreca, Jane Brike, Christopher Pugliese,  Edith Lebeau, Joshua Petker, Geoff Chadsey, Julian Cash, Pamela Wilson, Patrushka, Patrick Deignan, Isabel Samaras, Owen Smith, Julie Heffernan, Dean McDowell, Shaun Downey, Andy Warhol, Kevin Llewellyn, Paul Beel, Jessica Van Hulle, Sandie Stewart, Mia Araujo, Patricia Anders,  Antonio Santin, Mark Ryden
Sean Cheetham
Heidi Taillefer

Beatriz Martin-Vidal
Jared Joslin
Christopher Pugliese

For the Eclectix main page click here.

For the "Flesh" online exhibit click here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Upcoming Ray Caesar Exhibit in New York

If you are lucky enough to be in New York to catch this exhibit, you'd better do so! If only I could....

A Gentle Kind of Cruelty

New Work By 


Jan 22nd to Feb 19th 2011
Reception Jan 22nd 6-8pm

Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10011


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Geoffrey Chadsey's Gay Electric Works

Geoffrey has a great show aptly titled "Shift, Return"up at Electric Works in San Francisco thru Feb. 12th. Popped into the opening last Friday and was pleasantly pleased and disturbed by his works. They are both paintings and drawings, using watercolor pencils on frosted mylar, then painting or smearing some areas. The images are large in scale and the mylar gives them a luminous quality that suggests floating. He is obviously practiced and adept at drawing and sketching, the pieces have wonderful geometrical lines - shaping the bodies and  enhancing the gestures of the posers.
The subject matter is gay based with lots of trans-gender imagery and transformations, from one sex to another and from human to beast. Strong, emotive, sexual and in-your-face art, just fantastic. A ride on the emotional roller coaster of identity that confuses and torments some gay lovers. A few pieces were a little too blatant in their statements, a more subtle suggestion of genitalia would have still done the trick for me. (If you don't want to see any genitals, this may not be a show for you.) However, this is a great solo with moving portraits, compassionate humanity and strong imagery, very worth making the trip to see.

For all the art, ( better photos and un-cropped), go here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Interview With John Seabury

John (sometimes known as Pynoman) is a local Bay Area artist who has shown with Eclectix a number of times. A skilled artist, graphic designer and comic illustrator, he is also a skilled musician, playing formerly with his band Psycotic Pineapple and today with The Deep. He has a fantastic wealth of gig posters he’s done over the years, as well as larger fine art silkscreens. Some of my favorite works are included in his two books,  his journals of collected black and white doodles and drawings - just chock full of wonderful characters, pineapples, curves, shapes and metamorphosis.

Moonlight Mile by John Seabury

Mark Ryden Giving A Little Back...

All the proceeds from the sale of this "Yoshi" print will be donated to The Nature Conservancy
Thanks, Mark!

On Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 8:00 am PST, Porterhouse Fine Art Editions will be offering the following item:

Yoshi - The Forest Spirit
The poster is printed on heavyweight paper, signed and numbered, and is embossed with the Porterhouse seal in the lower right-hand corner. This poster comes with a certificate of authenticity.

New Dali Museum in Florida

Dang! I didn't even know there was a Dali museum in St. Petersburg, Florida - and now they have a big new space. It opens on 1-11-11, great numbers for a grand opening! If you're nearby or want to go, below is the info. Great looking building, not to mention it's chock full of the surreal master's art - I am marking it down for my next visit to Florida!

1.11.11 Grand Opening Procession, Ribbon Cutting & Festival
Tuesday, January 11, 9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
The public is invited to view a surreal procession departing from the current museum (located at 1000 Third Street South in St. Petersburg) at 9:30am and concluding at the new museum (located eight blocks north at One Dali Blvd.).  Entertainmenta dedication program with S.A.R. la Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Spanish Royalty presiding — starting at 11:00 a.m. — will mark the beginning of a new era for the Dalí at its new location. The festivities will continue until 3 p.m. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lori Nix and Her Little Places

Stumbled upon these great dioramas by Lori.
 "Abandoned buildings in an apocalyptic world"... 
From CoolHunting - She "photographs epic scenes of destruction and grandeur, natural wonders and glittering metropolises, magnificent architecture and heroic landscapes that all have one thing in common—they're all fake. Lori gives us a tour behind the artifice, showing us how she meticulously crafts the miniature sets using found objects and model-making materials."

Her site is here.

Preview Of Dean Fleming's New Art

Dean kindly sent me another sneak peek at a fantabulous new piece!
She is "The Huntress" and can be yours for a steal, only $275.