on Playboy Radio, printed in Bizarre Magazine, featured in LA Weekly, and interviewed on A&E's Biography, New York based artist Nick Kusher has garnered attention from both the major and alternative press for using a most personal pigment - his own blood.
Kushner likens his work to "Art as modern-day alchemy by the literal and complete immersion within it, using the most personal and symbolic medium innately possible." His art, which tap into the darker recesses of the human psyche with esoterically surreal imagery that is driven not only by his knowledge of the occult, but by life experience as well, has been exhibited across America and published throughout the world.
in downtown Los Angeles at Studio Servitú marked Kushner's first solo art exhibition. Sponsored by Jade Absinthe, Evil Wine, Lip Service and Monster Energy Drink the opening night was DJed by Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson bassist/guitarist/songwriter) and boasted an attendence of over 500, including Marilyn Manson himself who world premiered the public listening of his forthcoming album Born Villain. Kushner's exhibition, entitled 'Les Crimes De L'Amour', ranked as #4 on LA Weekly's 'Top 10 Badass Parties of 2011' year in review, beating out high profile events such as the Playboy Mansion's Kandyland party and others
celebrated Kushner's major follow-up as a collaborative exhibition between himself, award winning photographer Anthony Silva and legendary magician and illusionist Rudy Coby. Among other celebritries, artists and musicians, Ginger Fish and super-model Janice Dickinson were distinguished guests at the opening.
In 2012, Kushner's painting, 'Maldoror', was recently featured on the cover (which he also designed) of the new Russian edition of 'Les Chants de Maldoror', a work which is considered to be the first ever surrealist novel. 'Maldoror' will also be displayed the Museum Of Fantastic Art in Vienna in April 2012. Kushner is additionally a lifelong pursuant of the occult. He authors the site The NACHTKABARETT, a site which is an analysis and dissection of the occult imagery within the art of Marilyn Manson which is scheduled to be published in book form by a major publisher.
Solo Exhibition Mexico City 2013 TBA
Dirty Show 13.5 Detroit Sept 2012 Bert's Warehouse Theater
WORKS FEATURED: Stab Wound
Artists Wanted: Art Takes Times Square New York City Jun 2012 Times Square
Artists from around the globe competed to have their works projected on two permanent larger than life LCD screens in the heart of Times Square. The finalist had their works illuminated over New York City on June 18, 2012.
WORKS FEATURED: The Immoralist .· Seul Contre Tous
Society For Art Of Imagination Vienna Apr 2012 Museum of Fantastic Art
Society for Art of Imagination Exhibition Phantasten Museum Vienna · April 14 – April 28, 2012
'The Society For Art Of Imagination' Exhibition is to be held at the Phantasten Museum (Phantastenmuseum Wien), located inside the historic Palais Palffy at the center of the Austrian capital.
The Museum, founded in 2011 by the curator Gerhard Habarta, is the first in the world to be dedicated solely to Fantastic and Visionary Art The show runs from April 14th to 28th, 2012. In this exhibition, the 58 exhibiting artists will be representing 22 countries. Many of the participating artists will be attending the exhibition opening at 11.00 am on the 14th of April. In the afternoon, following the opening, there will be the first International Conference on the future of Fantastic and Visionary Art. A beautiful book of all the artworks will be produced and listed for sale in the museum shop. The Society for Art of Imagination came into being in 1993 to promote Visionary and Fantastic art worldwide. The Society’s roots however begin much earlier. It was formerly known as the ‘Inscape Group’ begun in 1961. Brigid Marlin and Diana Hesketh, two of the founders of this original group are still very active members today. This is the oldest group of living artists in the field of Imaginative Art in the world today.
WORKS FEATURED: Maldoror .·. Satan Seated Upon His Throne
Link - phantastenmuseum.at
The Stars Are Maligned Dual Exhibition Los Angeles Nov 2011 Studio Servitú
11.11.11 is the artistic unification of the triptych composed of Anthony Silva, Rudy Coby and Nick Kushner for a collaborative show at Studio Servitú in Downtown LA. The exhibition is a celebration of the works of three varied artists in the realms of magic/performance, video/photography, and painting/fine art. Each will be featuring their respective performances, installations and hanged artworks, all of which correlate to one another.
Anthony Silva is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer, who co-wrote Marilyn Manson's forthcoming film, Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, as well as co-creating the film's iconic trailer.
Rudy Coby, aka "The Coolest Magician On Earth", is a legend within the world of magic & illusion. He has performed around the globe for over 20 years, influencing an entire generation of performers, magicians, artists & filmmakers with his art.
Nick Kushner has garnered attention from the alternative press in America and abroad for using a most personal pigment: his own blood. He likens his works to alchemy by the literal immersion within his art and celebrated his first solo exhibition in September 2011, at Studio Servitu.
Sponsored by Lip Service, Jade Absinthe and Evil Wine, the exhibition opening boasted an attended of over 500 which included celebrity appearances such as Marilyn Manson, Janice Dickinson, Ginger Fish, Michael Hussar and many others. For those who attended Kushner's solo exhibition at Servitu last month, the night was a mere glimpse into a much larger world composed of a circle of artists who have collaborated and worked alongside each other for the last decade.
Link - thestarsaremaligned.com
Les Crimes De L'Amour Solo Exhibition Los Angeles Sep 2011 Studio Servitú
On 9.10.11 New York based artist Nick Kushner will be hanged at Studio Servitú in Los Angeles. 'Les Crimes De L'Amour' marks Kushner's first solo exhibition displaying his signature works which speak of disillusionment & pain through the themes of love, death, and abuse - but of the ultimate catharsis that can be attained through the artistic distillation of the emotions evoked by these, most notably by the medium he uses to create them - his own blood.
He will be premiering new works as well as a retrospective compendium of his catalogue at Servitú which will be augmented by a full aural presentation of image projections, a set by Marilyn Manson guitarist/songwriter DJ Twiggy Ramirez, sanguine stained walls, star studded performances, appearances and presenters. A live blood signing will be held for those who acquire prints exclusively available for the evening.
Les Crimes De L'Amour is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Evil Wine and Jade Absinthe.
Link - lescrimesdelamour.com
The Dirty Show 12 Detroit Feb 2011 Bert's Warehouse Theater
The annual Detroit erotic art & performance exhibition. Since it's inception at the turn of the century, the founders have been entertaining and enlightening the masses with a delightful event called, The Dirty Show. Held every Valentine's Weekend, the show features a large number of artists, from first-timers to the famous at their dirtiest. While primarily focusing on area artists, The Dirty Show is open to artists from anywhere in the world, providing the work is good, erotic, they can get it here.
WORKS FEATURED: Do What Thou Wilt Is The Whore Of The Law
Link - dirtydetroit.com
Damned III Detroit Oct 2010 Tangent Gallery/Hastings St. Ballroom
The annual Damned Show in Detroit brings an extraordinary assemblage of artists from across this world to display their most introspective creations at DAMNED � An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego�of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. Rising from within the ashes of the historic institution of Devil's Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live strings and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.
Previous visiting and exhibiting guest have included Marilyn Manson, HR Giger, Leonard Nimoy and the late Marcel Marceau.
WORKS FEATURED: Borgia ; The Pope Entering Pandaemonium, God, I Forsake You Because Of Your Silence
Link - thatdamnedshow.com
A group gallery exhibition featuring a variety of painters, digital artists, photographers, and even sculptors. Blood, Sweat, and Fears is a showcase of artists from all over the globe who are willing to expose their inner most fears and stigmas for all to see.
WORKS FEATURED: The Immoralist .·. Seul Contre Tous, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, Her Eyes Are A Dying Star
Link - sacredgallerynyc.com
Artist Portfolio Magazine 2 Page Spread USA Aug 2012
Society For Art Of Imagination Hardcover Museum Exhibition Catalogue Austria Apr 2012
Hardbound exhibition catalogue for The Museum Of Fantastic Art. Work spead and artist profile. Images forthcoming...
Churn USA 2012
Alternative Revolt USA May 2012
Link - altrevolt.com
NME UK Mar 2012
MARILYN MANSON. "My first tattoos were what I call job killers. My first was 14-hours deep and for the most part I got the majority of my tattoos in the space of 2-3 years. The piece on my chest was designed by a friend of mine called Nick Kushner. His design is what he perceived is meant to be 'Manson'.
"When you ask a person what a tattoo means to them, it's difficult to say. They are something permanent, they reveal a dedication to how you feel. I've always tried to cover up my tattoos, I've never flaunted them and never gravitated towards people with them. I favour tattoos that have unusual meanings, something personal about them.
"This could be a good or a bad thing, they either put me on the easier-to-find FBI watch list or they give people something else to be concerned about when I take off my clothes, apart from the romantic inclinations."
Link - NME.com
Metal Hammer Marilyn Manson / NACHTKABARETT mention UK Jun 2012
METAL HAMMER. "It's not a stretch to say that in the late 90's and into the new millennium, Manson was the most electrifying artist within music. He released conceptually masterful albums that ran so deep and complex, that to describe them as anything other than genius would be to do the man a disservice (check out www.nachtkabarett.com to see just how multi-layered and superlative he was, particularly between Antichrist Superstar and career pinnacle Holy Wood)."
'Maldoror' Russian Edition Cover Art by Nick Kushner Russia 2012
Nick Kushner's painting 'Maldoror .·. Satan Seated On His Throne' has been released as the cover artwork centerpiece to the new edition of the Comte de Lautreamont's surrealist masterpiece, Les Chants De Maldoror. The cover painting of the Russian translation of Maldoror, published by Provocateurs' Club, not only features Kushner's painting of Maldoror as the frontpiece of the edition but was also designed by Kushner with the title itself being painted in Kushner's own blood, as his signature medium.
Link - provocateurs.ru
LA Weekly Nick Kushner 'Top 10 Badass Events of 2011' USA Dec 2011
#4. Studio Servitu's Nick Kushner Blood Art Exhibit
Studio Servitu definitely left its mark on the party and art scene last year...and on a few fetishy femmes' behinds too, surely. We saw playful spanking going down at a few fetes here, as well as other dark and sexy prancing and posing, the latter at photo and modeling workshops and Dr. Sketchy Drawing Classes. But it's blood artist Nick Kushner's opening that makes the top parties of the year. Vampy looks, amazing art and Marilyn Manson spontaneously played his entire new record for the black-clad crowd... twice!
Link - laweekly.com
LA Weekly LA Weekly 11.11.11 Photo Coverage USA Nov 2011
Lip Service This Night Goes to Eleven! 11.11.11 USA Nov 2011
Alternative Revolt USA Oct 2011
Link - altrevolt.com
Crypt Magazine USA Sept 2011
Link - cryptmagazine.com
Terrors Of Men USA Oct 2011
Link - terrorsofmen.com
Lip Service Servitu Presents Nick Kushner 'Les Crimes De L'Amour' USA Sept 2011
Revolver Marilyn Manson Premieres New Album USA Sept 2011
REVOLVER. Marilyn Manson premiered his new album at the opening of the solo exhibition of blood painter Nick Kushner earlier this month. The record, Born Villain, is currently tentatively scheduled for release early next year.
On display at the exhibition, at Studio Servit� in Los Angeles, is a painting of Manson done in Kushner's blood. The exhibition, Les Crimes De L'amour, is on display through until the end of October, by appointment.
Link - Revolver.com
Lip Service Nick Kushner Exhibit at Servitu: A Night of Firsts USA Sept 2011
LA Weekly LA Weekly Photo Slideshow USA Sept 2011
LA Weekly Nick Kushner & Born Villain USA Sept 2011
Sand Canyon Review Anuual Art & Literary Periodical USA 2011
My Moleskine Russia Dec 2010
Link - mymoleskine.ru
Manson Wiki 'Suffering Is One Very Long Moment' USA 2010
Link - mansonwiki.com
Lautreamont.ru Russia Nov 2010
NICK KUSHNER. "Surely sobriety of thought never changes Creator:'s own suffering and that he would be able to benefit, even to be able to pay for her children to death. But as he trembled, when he saw before him in the guise of Maldorora octopus taking aim at him all the eight giant tentacles, each of whom would like a tourniquet, entwine themselves the entire planet. Initially taken aback Creator still trying to escape from the gelatinous, compressing his body with the growing power of the hug, and then fell silent." ...Songs of Maldoror (Song II, Episode 15)
Link - Lautreamont.ru
Lexicon of Fantastic Art Hardcover Compendium Austria 2009