|Author:||H R Giger|
Mythologies for the future: The fears, fantasies, and biomechanical art of HR Giger At its essence, Giger s art digs down into our psyches and touches our very deepest primal instincts and fears. His art stands in a category of its own. The proof of this lies in the intensity of his work and imagination, which I can only compare to Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon in their powers to provoke and disturb. Ridley ScottSwiss artistHR Giger(1930 2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott s 1979 horror sci-fi filmAlien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger s biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which mergedhybrids of human and machine, imprisoned luscious bodies in womblike apparatuses, and painteddemonsinspired by bothgothic literatureor his own nightmares.These images gave expression to the collective fears and fantasies of his age: fear ofthe atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival. The vibe is a dark psychedelia, inspired byWilliam S. Burroughsor Giger s friendTimothy Learyas much as byPoeandLovecraft. In their visionary power, they draw on demons of the past, as well as evoking mythologies for the future.Begun shortly before the artist s unexpected death, this huge monograph pays homage to Giger s unique vision. It shows thecomplete story of his life and art, hissculptures, the film worksandiconic album coversas well as the heritage he has left us in his ownartist s museumand cafe in the Swiss Alps. In an in-depth essay, Giger scholar Andreas J. Hirschplunges into the themes of Giger s oeuvre and his world. Additionally, the book features many documents from the artist s own archives, contemporary quotes and reviews, and anextensive biographydrawing on the artist s own writings. Text in English, French, and German "