Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You've a few days left to catch Kelly Tunstall's wonderful show at 111 Minna Gallery, it's up until Friday, Sept. 30th. These are new works by local artist Kelly and the show is titled "Secret State"

"The Secret State examines civilization’s long romance with the examination of the space that we inhabit and our scale within it; the exhibition itself is aimed not at providing any comprehension of our universe’s truths, but instead, at celebrating the joy of discovering new clues to their elaborate puzzles and the spaces between.  Large and small works present a think tank of characters; a seer, a scientist/naturualist, an astronomer, and a doctor/engineer all bravely led by Alexander the Great and a shape-shifting machine."

Boy Oh Boy! Julie Heffernan

Self Portrait Holding Up, (cropped)

Currently at Catherine Clark Gallery in SF is a solo show of Julie Heffernan's surrealist paintings, "Boy Oh Boy II". We love her art and was great to see these large and colorful works in person, the details really get lost on the web. The show is up thru Oct. 29th - be sure to get in there too see these. We took some detail shots from background and foreground areas for all you who might be interested. They are like little mini paintings within the larger work, incredible.

Detail from Self Portrait Holding Up (top)

Detail from Self Portrait Holding Up (top)
Budding Boy

Detail from Budding Boy

Detail from Budding Boy

Detail from above piece

Detail from above piece

Detail from above piece

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Shelf Life by Tin
Last Rites Gallery in New York has two great shows opening this weekend. Previously we posted about Laurie Lipton's "Carnival of Death" and Tin's exhibition is titled "The Internal Clock". Both of the artists have beautiful and interesting perspectives to share.  A promising no-brainer for a festive start to our favorite month of October, if you are lucky enough to be in NYC!

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1st, 7:00pm-11:00pm.
Show runs Oct 1st thru 23rd, 2011

Reunion by Laurie Lipton

The Mistress of All Pencil Pushers: Laurie Lipton

Lachrymose Lace - Lipton

Born in New York and very well traveled, Laurie Lipton currently lives in Los Angeles. She creates wonderfully detailed and super tight renderings of haunted Victorian scenarios. Working mostly in pencil, charcoal and etchings. Laurie's surreal worlds contain narratives of ghostlands - staid skeletons, vintage housewives and Big Brother - all hold court in a tapestry of gothic science fiction. Modern postcards anointed with mischievous glee, political stabs, fancy lace perfection and witty twists.

 Laurie’s upcoming solo show (above) opens Oct. 1st. at Last Rites in New York City, on view thru Oct. 23rd, 2011.

Link to Laurie Lipton's Portfolio & Website

(Originally posted in the Eclectix  "Bad To The Bone" Issue, Sept. 2011,
 along with the permanent online exhibit of anatomy-related art, LINK HERE.)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Varnish Re-Opens With A Kick Ass Show!

New Varnish Fine Arts

This week-end Varnish Fine Arts had their grand re-opening after closing down their former location - when the city of San Francisco nabbed their space, (using "imminent domain") for a transit project. The exhibit has art by many Eclectix favorites and every piece is fantastic - a solid and fascinating array. 

The killer pieces selected below are just a small sample of the quality and imaginative works packed into the new gallery. The space is a little smaller than their last, without a bar and is located very close to where their old space was. The best exhibition going on right now in the city, so get yur sweet selves out to see it!

Jennybird Alcantara
Jennybird Alcantara, John Mosbaugh and Al Honig
Isabel Samaras
Laurie Lipton
Wish we had a bigger pic of this one by Beth Bojarski

Craig LaRotonda

Here's the all-star line up of artists:
Chris Mars
Laurie Lipton
Annie Owens
Chuck Sperry
Edith Lebeau
Robert Bowen
Kevin Evans
Robert Williams
Isabel Samaras
Craig LaRotonda
Kevin Peterson
Aunia Kahn
Sri Zeno Whipple
Dylan Sisson
Jennybird Alcantara
Scott Musgrove
Nathan Spoor
Beth Bojarski
Winston Smith
Skot Olsen

Monday, September 19, 2011

Karyn and Her Major Arcana

Local artist Karyn Crisis has a whole new body of works based on The Major Arcana, a suit of 22 cards in the tarot deck. From the looks of the show announcement and the progress shots (below)-  it will be a fierce body of work. The show is at Sacred Rose Tattoo's gallery - SR2 in Berkeley and it opens on Oct. 1st, just in time for our much loved haunting season. The opening reception is from 6-9 PM and the exhibition will be up until Nov. 1st. See you all there!

From Karyn's blog:
 "I've found that in learning about Tarot, there are cards which have been misread by people no matter what time period they are speaking to or being used in. So with my deck, I would say my clairvoyance is taking me to the core of each card. Here is where, in updated symbolism (or symbolism that speaks to me and my inner language) I am "updating" cards with codes that carry the information in a way that speaks to me the story."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bad To The Bone, Volume 10

Card art by Laurie Lipton

Bad To The Bone, Volume 10
This issue is all about anatomy related art - bones, brains, brawn and blood. Both the meanings of “Bad” (evil and really good). Everything human anatomy comprises, from the flesh, right down to the bone. Images will be added as discovered.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Eclectix Interview With Artist Dan Harding

Just posted a new interview with the ever-so-creepy and wonderful artist Dan Harding over at Eclectix Etc. - LINK.
A large gallery of his horrific creatures to be found there as well. Check it out!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lenn Cox’s Wax Woman Installation

For the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011 fashion show earlier this summer, Lenn Cox built this lugubrious lady lying in a fetal position on a bed. Not sure how long the candles were left to burn...

(Originally posted in the Eclectix  "BURN" Issue, August 2011,
 along with the permanent online exhibit of fire-related art, LINK HERE.)

Burning Art: Alex Grey

Alex paints wonderful psychedelic, anatomical explosions of color with a spiritual, druggy bent. He seems to frequent Burning Man and we found these images of his paintings on the web. It was too time consuming to find concise information about the works, so just enjoy.

(Originally posted in the Eclectix  "BURN" Issue, August 2011,
 along with the permanent online exhibit of fire-related art, LINK HERE.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Digging For Fire Tonight in Los Angeles


So wish I could go this show! It is all art inspired by the band - The Pixies, with a spectacular line-up of artists. Titled "Dig For Fire" it is a mixed media exhibition at Cave Gallery in Venice. The opening is from 6-9 PM, tonight, Sept. 9th, 2011.

Allison Sommers
Shaunna Peterson
Jennybird Alcantara

Nick Kushner's Art Party Opening Tomorrow Night in LA

New York based artist Nick Kushner will be hanged at Los Angeles Studio ServitĂș on Saturday, Sept. 10th. 'Les Crimes De L'Amour'  marks Kushner's first solo exhibition displaying his signature works which speak of disillusionment & pain within the themes of love, death, and abuse. Most notable is the medium he uses to create them - painting with his own blood. DJ executed by Marilyn Manson's Chris Vrenna. Star-studded performances, appearances and presenters.

You must RSVP to this show -

via  or are required and does not guarantee admission.
Over 21 venue, no admittance fee. This will be a 4 hour premiere event, from 9pm to 1pm. Subsequent viewings available the next 30 days by appointment.