(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

17 February 2012

FAMILY BUSINESS : The Virgins Show

This micro-gallery in Chelsea, Family Business, a new exhibition space initiated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni, opened last night with The Virgins Show, and, yes, it was curated by longtime virgin Marilyn Minter. For more information see previous post.

Will Ryman : Anyone and No One @ Paul Kasmin [27th Street]

The Underbelly Project Paris

The Underbelly Project Paris from marine longuet on Vimeo.

YINKA SHONIBARE MBE : Addio del Passato @ James Cohan Gallery

[PRESS RELEASE] Yinka Shonibare, well known for creating multi-faceted conceptual art work, continues to draw our attention to patterns of history and how they are repeated in our own time. Following the installation of the artist’s widely acclaimed work Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, Shonibare continues his explorations of Lord Nelson, the figurehead of the British Empire at its apotheosis. Nelson’s destiny was to fall a hero at the Battle of Trafalgar just as the British Empire’s ultimate destiny became its inevitable demise. Shonibare sees a similar fate reflected on the front pages of today’s newspapers: “The Imperial West is in decline at a time of great economic challenges as we see the rise of the East. The old world is in decline and new worlds are emerging through the economic successes of China and India and the revolutions in the Arab world. We are re-experiencing a new Age of the 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.”

14 February 2012

Shark Swallows Another Shark Whole

via National Geographic

A tasseled wobbegong blends into its surroundings, assisted by reticular markings and intricate skin flaps that break up the outline of its flattened body.Even though it's easy enough for a wobbegong to devour a big meal, scientists are unsure how the animal manages to process prey as large as other sharks. "There's been very little work done to establish exactly how wobbegongs digest their prey," Ceccarelli said. "Most sharks swallow their prey whole, so with a mouthful like [a whole other shark], digestion could take several days."