jeudi 30 mai 2013

Gisèle Vienne - The Pyre: Leçons de Ténèbres.

What happens when you mix: 

- the final scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the final scene of Enter the Void
- Onryo with Narcissus
- Banks Violette with G.R.A.V.
- The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things with the George Miles cycle
- Stephen O'Malley with Peter Rehberg
- Les Démoniaques dans l'art with The Accursed Share
- Jean-Luc Verna's poses with Maenads
- Pink Moon with Saturn
- an overpowered body with an uncertain one
- freeze fame with silence
- magic with magick
- total beauty with total despair
- brutalism with brutality
- Sodom with Gomorrah
- Bring Me the Disco King with a Dead-Disco Dead-Queen
- Méliès/DeMille/Dreyer/Rossellini/Preminger/Bresson/Rivette's Joan of Arc with Donkey Boys (including Julien)
- sculpture with life
- Von Stuck's Lucifer with Von Stuck's The Sin with Von Stuck's The Innocence with Von Stuck's The Murderer with Von Stuck's Pieta with Von Stuck's Portrait of Frau Feez
- the End with the Beginning?

Well, let's say you can bet that it starts smoking, crackling, then burning.

mercredi 9 janvier 2013

Where art is now.

Tony Oursler is the image of the reappearance, he has captured the face on the veil,  he is the incarnation of the coming back.
For the beginning of the year, David Bowie gives us hope that 2013 will be creative and musically exciting!

His forthcoming album "The next day" will be out in March.

jeudi 27 décembre 2012


Bertozzi & Casoni, Rebus, 2009

Kathryn Andrews, Giftcart, 2011

Lassry Elad, Two Crystals, Red, Green, 2012

Odile Decq, I hate X-mas, 2010

Lionel Scoccimaro, Sapin, 2011

Roman Signer, Room with Christmas Tree, 2010

Pierre Ardouvin, Bonhomme de neige, 2007

John Armleder, All Night Party, 2003

John Baldessari, Christmas (with Double Boy on Crutches), 1991

Paul McCarthy Santa Claus/I>, 1996

Christmas is over but contemporary artists know how to make it lasts...
If you wanna go further read this...

Nightmare after Christmas.

You don't know what to do during your holidays... Draw on your old vinyls some corpse paints and inverted crosses like bargain in blasphemy.
It reminds us the way the artist Russell Nachman depicts ironically our modern society.

dimanche 9 décembre 2012

Pretty as a Swastika.

We mentioned some times ago the mysterious French band Glaciation… Well, the band plays with anonymity and pursues the tradition of some Black Metal bands to stay in the dark, and to never expose themselves.  Of course it excites curiosity… They hit something thanks to their aesthetic pilgrimage. Their unusual methods cause much ink to flow… 

All about this is very cleverly settled up. And we're not surprised to discover that behind this there is Metastazis. The Paris based design studio has been founded by Jean-Emmanuel Simoulin aka Valnoir. And even not much surprised to learn that Glaciation is Valnoir's own band (he played bass guitar before in The CNK). All makes sense. 
And finally, this great Waitan's poster we already talked about, is one of Metastazis' productions. 
But Valnoir has more than one sting to his bow. He gives lectures as a graphic designer (as in Ljubljana) and participates to art exhibition as an artist.

Valnoir photographed by William Lacalmontie for the Gewaltkunstwerk show.

At the moment, you'll have to go to Norway to notably see his work in an intriguing martial exhibition called GewaltKunstWerk, held at the Kristiansand Kunsthalle until 12/31.

The Gewaltkunstwerk's poster designed by Valnoir.... an homage to Pierre Pinoncelli ?

Exploring the notion of terrorism and giving to artists the status of soldiers, this show curated by Cornelius Jakhelln (who, apart of being a curator, is also a writer working on Nazi Jihad, and a musician in the band Sturmgeist) deals with violence, subversion and politics. It's a courageous and ambitious project even if the subject might be tendencious. That's great to let art as a free space and in the same time questioning some of the most taboo themes (notably thanks to the seminar about extremism in music). And moreover, It's always a pleasure to admire great works of art like Dennis Rudolph's utopian engravings (one of his painting is exhibited at the moment in Paris at the Olivier Robert Gallery) and Sindre Foss Sckanke's powerful paintings.


The idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk is still a great fantasy for art. Some artists, by mixing art, music, and performances, are closed to the Wagnerian will. Valnoir proves that French artists have a voice, but maybe more convincing when concerning Black Metal.

mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Happy Artloween 2

Contemporary Art flirting with Halloween...

Friedrich Kunath Distance, 2012
Figure: Watercolor on aqua resin and styrofoam, telephone cable, cotton, imitation fruit
Base: Enamel on MDF © Friedrich Kunath

James GordonStone the Bloody Crow, 2012
25 x 25 cm, French Paper

Nicolas Darrot, Muad'dib, 2012
Silicon elastomer, PLA.

Peter Kohler, Witching Hour, 2009
Ink and varnish on MDF

Haim SteinbachUntitled (cabbage, pumpink, cabbage n°1), 1987
Mixeds media construction

Irena knezevicThe Oath, 2006, 
ceiling size light-box, dimensions variable

Luigi Presicce, Poker, 2005
Oil on canvas

Andrea Mastrovito, The last Man, 2012
works on paper

Saskia Edens, Make-up, 2008
video 18'11


Nell, Some of the things I AM, 2011
 Image courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and © the artist

Andy Warhol, Witch, Myths Suite II.261, 1981
screen print acrylic

mercredi 24 octobre 2012

Blitzkrieg Bop-Art.

After working with Neil Young for the art cover of the album Americana in late june, Shepard Fairey works as a curator. He stages an exhibition of an unexpected artist : Dee Dee Ramone!
Dee Dee Ramone : A memorial exhibition will take place at the Subliminal Project Gallery (owned by Fairey!) in LA.
Even if the guitar bass player of the legendary Ramones started to paint just few years before he died, and even if he there is no real artistic value, it's always intriguing to discover these.
Ten years after he passed away, it remains something of his incredible intensity, his sense of humor and irony.
Too bad the title is a little bit solemn.

lundi 1 octobre 2012

What happened to Cheap Monday?

Play to find the differences between:

the old logo:
 and the new logo:

of the Swedish brand.....
Not that easy, right?

Is it what we call a conversion.... to capitalism?

Considération inactuelle 8 : Arte, la télé qui vous allume.

dimanche 9 septembre 2012

1990 - 1994.

We do not know much stuff about the project Glaciation but it seems to be well thought out... Black metal was against commercialization but it seems that everything evolves. Crisis effect.  This band, for the release of their first album, dares to lure us with this brilliant teaser (great sense of embezzelment).

Nobody will forget this release. Out Oct.12...