R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,
R.A.H.
againstathorn

H.R. Giger, the Swiss painter and sculptor known for his dark, surrealistic works, passed away yesterday.

When I was a teenager I curiously rented from our local video store a mid-80s documentary called The Occult Experience. As I have no interest in Satanism, the movie's saving grace was that it featured an extended interview with Giger as well as footage of him producing his extraordinary paintings. This was my first exposure to his work. For some people it was the movie Alien, for others it was the cover to Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery, but for me it was The Occult Experience.

Contrary to what one might think, I never felt drawn to his work the way other people were, but I always acknowledged his contribution to the world of darkly-inclined art. His output was undoubtedly influenced many artists whose work I've enjoyed. He created an entire fantasy realm of hyper-sexualized figures merging with mechanics and it's fascinating how and why his imagery caught the popular imagination.


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