Anne ten Donkelaar

It has been love at first sight. Anne ten Donkelaar was born in 1979 in The Netherlands and she tell visual stories about being broken and fixed, about drama and beauty and life and death. The whole sense of life is condensed in her art. It is easy and complicated at the same time. Check her website out and more images after the cut.

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Ashley Nieuwenhuizen

Ashley was born in Johannesburg in 1984 and is currently living in Scotland. She is a no boundaries artist, rushes between performance, sculpture and drawing and between the the animal that is inside human nature and the homo sapiens sapiens. She likes the bizarre and the ritual metamorphosis. Check her out here and watch some more images after the cut.

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Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao, Dongbai Song

I’m a bit late on this, but E-Volo Magazine Skyscraper annual competition always deserves a look. 2012 winner project is Himalaya Water Tower, designed to store water and regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains’ natural supplies dry up. It is not a positive way to look at the future by chinese winners architects Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao, Dongbai Song so let’s all take care of our glaciers. More detailed images after the CUT.

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Fernanda Veron for Herzensbrecher show

Fernanda‘s detritus forest – honey saver – bee reservoir heart!

[Remember, the  show is in favor of “Ein Herz für Kinder“, Strychnin Gallery and The New English launched the project in in cooperation with Gallery Geuer&Breckner, UF6 Projects and me. Artists were given a bone china heart to customize. These one of a kind artworks will be displayed in a traveling exhibition, which will kick off at Strychnin Gallery Berlin on March 16th.]

Micheal Page

Michael was born in 1979, lives and works in San Francisco. His painting is ever-moving, from the first scenarios that remind the Thirties ghost stories told in the woods, to the kaleidoscopic explosion of primordial fluid that wraps animals, humans and towns. Always used in every culture, nature and its powerful symbols, horses and trees (for example), remain focused in Michael’s imagination, a third millennium’s “Maestro”.

Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.
[special thanks to Yasha Young]

Marcus Poston (Selva Obscura exhibition preview)

Marcus (New York, 1974) is a storyteller. He collects the city rubble to build cases and simulacra and uses the little, but important, things we lose to put a soul inside it. Keys, watches, locks… cold metal that contrasts with the wood’s soothed vitality; gentleness and strength are fused together. The opposites that, as usual, attract and the secrets are explored and brought to new life.

Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.
[special thanks to Yasha Young]

Chris Berens (Selva Obscura exhibition preview)

Chris was born in 1976 and lives in Amsterdam. In recent years he has developed his unique technique made ​​of layers of paper, reagents, paints, pencils, inks.. this which allow him to paint pictures that only apparently seem digital. This skill combined with his childish imagination, made ​​up of stories never told and magical hidden worlds, make Chris a great, kindly touching artist.
Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.
[thanks to Jaski Art Gallery]

Tessa Farmer (Selva Obscura exhibition preview)

Tessa was born in Birmingham in 1978 and lives in London. Since 2007 her unique sculptures and her stop motion videos have attracted worldwide attention. They’ve been shown in England, in various locations in Oceania and at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The apparent spectrality of her work is actually a representation of a fairy world, a hymn to the natural cycle of life and death.

Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.

Squp (Selva Obscura exhibition preview)

Squp was born in Castelfranco Veneto in 1967 and is Professor of Digital Image Processing. The aquatic world, its mythology, its originating process of life is the focus of her research. The alternation of attraction to the past (the monsters, meaning “miracles” according to the Latin etymology) and references to a possible future (women mutated, queens of the primordial elements) bring us in an evocative run into other planes of reality. Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.

Eric van Straaten (Selva Obscura exhibition preview)

Eric (Leiden, Netherlands, 1969) is a pioneer in 3D digital sculpting. Being a perfectionist he abandoned the resin and the wax for the digital modeling, which allows near-total control of the result. Each sculpture is a special case, given the young age of technology and the climate of experimentation constant characteristic of today’s high tech world.
Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.
[special thanks to Yasha Young]

Hikari Shimoda (Selva Obscura exhibition preview)

Hikari was born in Nagano in 1984 and I proudly involved her in the Selva Obscura show (read press release in english HERE and in italian HERE). His characters move between enchantment and pain in a world of magic and childlike, polluted by all the contradictions of modern life and filtered by the rich contemporary japanese iconography. These are the two children of the stars paintings she sent me, hopefully they will save the world!

Regan Rosburg

I love Regan‘s paintings. She lives in the heart of the mountains of Eastern Tennessee and it is almost possible to touch her love for nature in her multi_layered creations. At first sight they are very delicate, if you go deeper you see she uses bones, feathers, insects, found objects.. fragile and strong at the same time, a feminine compendium. More after the cut!

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Selva Obscura (flyer preview) and more upcoming news

So, I’ve been quiet for a while, a bit of holiday and a bit of future planning. Here you can see the preview of my upcoming show: Selva Obscura at Officine dell’Immagine; it will open on Feb 23rd, deep in the heart of Milan’s Fashion Week. Look at the amazing painting by Chris Berens! And then.. there will be a new logo soon and a limited edition printed Woodenleg fanzine too! And a tribute to Philip K Dick with a ot lof italian photografers and a project about Ufos.. look at the news section every now and then and stay tuned!

Whaleless @ Fabrica Fluxus

Fabrica Fluxus Art Gallery



a Giovanni Cervi project

in joint with Res Pira

Opening  June Tuesday 21st

at 19.00

Via Celentano 39, Bari

the show runs ’till July 22nd 2011


 Angie Mason § Aurélien Police § Alessia Cocca § Bethany Marchman § Bombo § Cesko § Ciou § Cliff Wallace § Comoseta § Elena Rapa § Fernanda Veron § Giada Woodenboxes § Jennibird § Karin Andersen § Kokomoo § Lina Stigsson § Lisa Mei Ling Fong § Lostfish § Marco Cazzato § Nicoz Balboa § Mimi’s § Morg § Peggy Van Reeth § Ryan Meyers § Zoe Lacchei.

part of the proceeds will be donated to Tethys Research Institute

Info:  tel: 080/5236319

Links: / /  /

The Enchanted Forest at the Civic Museum of Reggio Emilia preview


Curated by Giovanni Cervi & Yasha Young

Musei Civici 17 Giugno – 31 Agosto

Palazzo S. Francesco, via Spallanzani 1
Reggio Emilia

Every single minute a surface equal to 36 football fields disappear from our planet Earth. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. Deforested regions typically incur significant adverse soil erosion and frequently degrade into wasteland. Deforestation accounts for up to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, with the effects on climate changing that we’re watching almost every day in the news.

In occasion of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests, Musei Civici present THE ENCHANTED FOREST, an international charity group show dedicated to the forests and their inhabitants. Some rooms of the Museum will be turned into a magic garden by delicate, innocent, mutating to survive creatures.

We cannot survive in a habitat made of our own waste.

Luke Chueh – Mia Araujo – Caitlin Hackett – Travis Lampe – Bethany Marchman – Mimi S. – Seymour – Skeleton Heart – Daniel Van Nes – Christina Graf – Miraschi – Raf Veulemans – Lisa Black – Lisa Mei Ling Fong – Annie Bertram – Wee Flowers – Tamara Ferioli – Squp – Fernanda Veron – Angela Singer – David Hochbaum – Auriea Harvey & Micheal Samyn (Tale of Tales) – Sage Vaughn – Suzanne Moxhay – Yumiko Kayukawa – Lucy Mclauchlan – Lindsey Carr

            A percentage of the proceeds will go to Survival International (Italia)


info: Giovanni Cervi:


            In collaboration with Res PiraStrychnin GalleryRaggioverde

Daniel van Nes

Fernanda Veron

David Hochbaum

Angela Singer