Selina Baumann

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I couldn’t find much on this young artist.. All I know is that you can see her works at Katz Contemporary, Zurich from the 19th of January till the 12th of May. She’s exhibiting along with two other artists Frederique Loutz and Sandra Vasquez de la Horra.

 

 

 

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Labyrinthine Delights

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

As a follow up to Obsessions AKA Curiosa-Cabinett we created a shop on Etsy were you’ll be happy to find a variety of vintage objects; obscure and erotic, bizarre and intricate catering to elegant tastes and acquired vices.

* Large Masonic Magic Lantern Glass Slide Depictind a Human Skull.

 

Please check the relevant page found under “Shop” on your left.

(This is shameless self-promotion.)

Kris Kuksi

December 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

“A post-industrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture in asymmetric compositions with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes.

The political, spiritual and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.”

~ Guillermo del Toro

 

 

 

 

 

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Maeterlinck’s Premiere

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

In 1908, Maeterlinck premiered Blue Bird at Constantin Stanislavski‘s Moscow Art Theatre. Little remains but these stunning cartes de visite.

I asked Stanislavsky eagerly for photographs of scenes from “The Blue Bird” or else for the original designs of the scenic artist so that I might have them copied… the photographs, I was told, were not available – except those of the players themselves – for the originals had been made by Fischer, a German, and had been destroyed in the pogrom at the beginning of the war in 1914. And in the difficult times Russia has undergone since then, no others have been made. When I pressed my point and asked about the orignal designs, the firm, square but kindly face of my host carried a passing glance of embarassed modesty and then admitted that there were no designs. He had conceived them himself and had personally directed the artist, V. E. Yevgenoff, in the execution of the settings.

The Russian Theater Under the Revolution by Oliver Sayler,1920

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Jeff Bark

December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

This part of Jeff Bark’s work feels a lot like leafing through a diary of vices next door human beings indulge in.

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dmtls

modern archaelogy

December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Some finds from the diverse and curious stock of Factory 20. Got [big] money to spend? Shop to your hearts content some really unique pieces

USA, 1920s, Vintage Strongman Circus Sledge Hammer. Solid old pine construction. Well worn patina. Solid and ready for use.

USA, c.1930s. Vintage Hypnosis Rotating Disc Machine. Dr. Hietrick's Vertigo Therapy. Bi-Directional Rotating Metal Disc. Fully Functional.

USA, c.1950s. Vintage Life Aquatic Exploration Ships Scuba Oxygen Breathing Tank. Appears to be Functioning.

USA, c.1920s. Old Scorched Liquor Cabinet Bottles.

USA, c.1930s. Rare Fresh'nd Aire Art Deco Styled Floor Fan; Chrome, Steel, Cast Iron and Bakelite Double Blade Propeller.

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Claude Cahun

December 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

Born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob (1894-1954) in Nantes, Cahun was raised primarily by her grandmother as her mother was incapable to take care of hair due to mental problems. She began making self portraits at the age of 18, and continued making those intricate pictures throughout the thirties.

Changing through a set of gender ambiguous names, she settled down to Claude Cahun at around 1919. A year later she settled in Paris, along with her life long partner (and step sister) Suzanne Malherbe, where they continued to work on various art forms including writing, collage and photo-montage.

 

, Mostly remembered for her staged self portraits and surrealist tableaux, Claude Cahun challenged perceptions of sexuality, gender,beauty and realism; an important addition to the Parisian surrealist movement who, unlike her male counterparts, represented the female form ambiguous and diverse rather than as a pure symbol of eroticism. (I don’t mean this to sound like feminist propaganda, I’m just pro diversity)

 

1929

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