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HR Giger, 1940-2014 av H. R. Giger
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HR Giger, 1940-2014 (urspr publ 1991; utgåvan 2018)

av H. R. Giger

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Swiss artist HR Giger (1940-2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger's biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which consistently merged hybrids of human and machine into images of haunting power and dark psychedelia. The visions drew on demons of the past, harking back as far as Giger's earliest childhood fears as well as evoking mythologies for the future. Above all, they gave expression to the collective fears and fantasies of his age: fear of the atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival. From surrealist dream landscapes created with a spray gun and stencils to album cover designs, from guillotine-like sculptures to self-designed bars, Giger personally guides us through his multi-faceted universe in this definitive introduction to a master of horror. Detailed reproductions and designs and a foreword by Timothy Leary complement Giger's intimate autobiographical texts. About the series Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions… (mer)
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Titel:HR Giger, 1940-2014
Författare:H. R. Giger
Info:Köln : Taschen, [2018]
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HR Giger ARh+ av H. R. Giger (1991)

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I love Taschen's Basic Art series.

Giger is an absolutely fascinating overview of the artist's life and work by the artist himself. Copious illustrations and examples of Giger's work accompany the text. Giger talks about his childhood obsessions (suspender fasteners among them), the work he did for Alien and Jodorowsky's unrealized Dune, his love life, his work with airbrush, the Dead Kennedys getting in legal trouble because they included "Landscape XX" (the so-called "Penis Landscape") in one of their records, and more. An intriguing, engaging, fascinating book by and about a very unique artist. It also includes a profoundly trippy foreword by Timothy Leary. ( )
  LordSlaw | Feb 24, 2024 |
Darkly beautiful reflections of a very dark mind.

I had no idea until now that this was the mastermind behind the morbid, fascinating creature of the Alien franchise, but some of his other work makes that look like child's play, and learning about the man behind the art was almost more intriguing than viewing the art itself. Giger's anecdotes illustrate how so much of his work was inspired by the same obsessions and fears that began in his early life - women, weapons, worm-like creatures, death, and ghosts. Much of his work pays homage to the dark sides of these subjects not only with their color scheme (various black and gray tones which, for some reason, remind me of early X-ray crystallography images), but also in their oddly structured nature and an abundance of phallic and sexual symbolism.

I may not be a diehard fan like the writer of the foreword - Giger's work doesn't exactly send me into poetic rhapsodies - but I love the "biomechanical" aesthetic for which his art is famous. At the end of the day our bodies are, in a sense, highly evolved machines with a precisely regulated array of functions to keep us alive. To visualize our internal machinery using gears and springs and the like - while simultaneously illustrating the flip side of our existence, our darkest desires and fears, takes a very unique mind with a penchant for the ominous. And I love how, with the then highly-disdained airbrush, Giger managed to produce works of such realism that he was even questioned at one point whether they weren't actual photos.

My 2 favorite works from his collection are Li I and Li II, particularly memorable because of Li Tobler's tragic fate and how they almost seem like posthumous homages to her struggles. The paintings where her face makes an appearance seem to have a surreal aspect to them simply because of that presence. But I guess that's the essence of the word "surreal" - it wouldn't exist without the "real." And whether I like all his art or not, I can definitely say that H.R. Giger was a master of the surreal, as well as the shocking and provocative. I'd recommend his art to anyone who likes horror and is up for some interesting dreams (and/or nightmares). ( )
  Myridia | Jan 19, 2024 |
Wer nicht die Zeit hat das Gesamt Werck von H.R. Giger kennen zu lernen oder sich zum ersten mall mit diesem Künstler beschäftigt, der sollte nach möglichkeit zu diesem Büchlein greifen. Es zeigt die Wichtigsten Wercke des Künstlers. ( )
  Mungo1981 | Dec 5, 2009 |
As this is a picture book, no review. Being a fan of his Art I just wanted to add it to show I own a copy.
R.I.P.
H. R. Giger ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
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Swiss artist HR Giger (1940-2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. In retrospect, this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger's biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which consistently merged hybrids of human and machine into images of haunting power and dark psychedelia. The visions drew on demons of the past, harking back as far as Giger's earliest childhood fears as well as evoking mythologies for the future. Above all, they gave expression to the collective fears and fantasies of his age: fear of the atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival. From surrealist dream landscapes created with a spray gun and stencils to album cover designs, from guillotine-like sculptures to self-designed bars, Giger personally guides us through his multi-faceted universe in this definitive introduction to a master of horror. Detailed reproductions and designs and a foreword by Timothy Leary complement Giger's intimate autobiographical texts. About the series Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

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