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Original Creators: Biomechanical Surrealist H.R.Giger

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Each week we pay homage to a select “Original Creator, ” an iconic artist from days gone by whose work influences and informs today’s creators. These are artists who were innovative and revolutionary in their fields—bold visionaries and radicals, groundbreaking frontiersmen and women who inspired and informed culture as we know it today. This week: H.R.Giger.

Imagine the film Alien without the biomechanical designs of H.R.Giger—it would’ve probably sunken without trace, instead it spawned a franchise that’s spanned science fiction films, comic books, novels, and toys. The alien monster with its elongated head and second jaw, it’s tail and exoskeletal body, is a film icon as famous as King Kong.

But Giger’s lauded, Oscar-winning efforts for Alien are not his only achievements, he’s also a painter, sculptor, and interior designer (creating bars that look like alien otherworlds and furniture). He’s nurtured a disturbing and nightmarish aesthetic that’s also captivating and unique, making his work instantly recognizable—what he describes as a “biomechanical aesthetic, a dialectic between man and machine, representing a universe at once disturbing and sublime.”

His bizarre creations look to the abject for their horror, incorporating sexual imagery, death, human forms, and technology to twist bodies with machines and create aberrations full of contrasting ideas and emotions—cold and inhuman but otherworldly beautiful. It won’t come as a shock to learn that he suffered from night terrors, which his creations are actualizations of. Creations that are full of a strange eroticism plagued with visions of the “other, ” visions which are both repulsive and seductive.

Necronomicon

Necronom V

Necronom IV

This was Giger’s first book, full of airbrushed paintings of life in the land of the dead, paintings (like the two above) that would become the genesis of his most famous creation. In the introduction he recounts his first encounter with the fantastic when he saw stills from Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast in Life magazine while on a family vacation.



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