A new title for the month review: since the articles turned out to be more of a link round-up instead of a review I decided to change the name to something more fitting. I’ve found many great links for you this month, so let’s cut the chit-chat and start! Enjoy! :)
This month on Bleaq
- Battered beauties painted by Dean McDowell
- Fascinating fragmented images by collage artist Lola Dupre
- The dark and mysterious photography of Susu Laroche
- Blogger Spotlight #1: Renee Ruin on her blog, style and favourite art
- Dystopian human/animal friendships by Christer Karlstad
- Spotlight #9: JL Schnabel of Blood Milk on her jewelry and favourite art
- Intriguing portraits photographed by Benjamin Goss
- The mystic and occult works of Denis Forkas Kostromitin
- Fantastic and horrific creatures by Naomi Chen
- Spotlight #10: María José García on her photography, crochet and favourite art
- Tattoo inspired symbolic woodcuts by Bryn Perrott (deerjerk)
- Human vulnerability photographed by Ruben Brulat
- Spotlight #11: Renzo Razzetto on his unsettling, movie inspired stippling illustrations
RIP H.R. Giger
I have to start on a sad note this month: unfortunately the beloved H. R. Giger past away on May the 12th. Giger has been a great influence for many of my favorite artists and directors, and it’s sad to hear he passed away.
Like many of you I found out about Giger years ago, in my teens. His work has always been very prominent in the metal/goth subculture I started to discover when I was around 14/15, and he was one of my early favorites. Giger’s work opened my eyes, and a door to a darker corner of the art world which I – obviously – still love.
Coincidentally I watched the film ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ the week before Giger’s death. It’s a documentary on movie director Alejandro Jodorowsky who planned to adapt ‘Dune’ before the 1984 film by David Lynch. Jodorowsky created a team of great talent (among whom Giger, Moebius and… Dali!) and worked for years on preparing this great film that eventually got cancelled. This film on ‘the greatest movie never made’ is a must-see for film fans, and a beautiful tribute to Giger’s work. You can pre-order the film on BluRay on Amazon.
- Love these animated movie posters found on Ignant.
- Talented illustrator Druidessart started a blog this month: Eye of a Druidess. I love what she posted so far, recommended if you like the occult and eerie.
- I can’t stop laughing at the ‘Crap Taxidermy’ Twitter account since Stephanie (FAIIINT) pointed out it existed. Thanks Stephanie!
- The Forefathers Group posted a link to this album cover on Twitter, naming it the best album cover ever. I agree: how amazing is this? I never heard of the band (The Atlas Moth), but think I should check them out now.
- The ‘The creepiest photo album’ series on Cvlt Nation has been one of my favorites, the sixth edition again being awesome.
- Another vintage photo find: Beautiful Decay posted these super sad images by Ludmila Steckelberg where she removes dead family members from group photos.
- Gorgeous photos of an abandoned island in New York
- Super happy to hear there will finally be a Weekday store in my hometown Rotterdam this fall! This month they had a lovely style feature on their website with Chelsea Wolfe.
- ‘Cabinets of Wonder’ by Christine Davenne
- ‘Metal Cats‘ by Alexandra Crockett (yes, this is what you think it is: a book of handsome metal guys posing with their cats! <3)
- ‘Leuksno’ tote bag by Nikola Nupra on Society6
- ‘Memento Lucinadae’ art print by Caitlin Hackett
Morbid Anatomy book and article
Even though I’m not from New York I happily backed The Brooklyn based Morbid Anatomy Museum on Kickstarter this month. If you never heard of it you should definitely check out their website, I’m so excited for them they’ve reached their goal! This month also marked the release of the long awaited Morbid Anatomy book: The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive! If you have a fascination with death and anatomy you should check it out, it’s available here.
– Cover an page previews from the Morbid Anatomy Anthology book. You can buy it here.
This month the Morbid Anatomy crew payed a visit to Amsterdam which I found out too late unfortunately. On Twitter Joanna shared a beautiful picture on a morbid gate she spotted in Amsterdam, and I helped her out with some translation work for an article on their blog. You can read the article here.
Interviews! An interview spree started this month, and there will be many more in June! I’m super excited about the artists who will share their thoughts with you next month, as well as the second edition of the brand-new series ‘Blogger Spotlight’ coming up next week.
Thank you for reading! I always enjoy creating these posts for you, hope you enjoy them as well! If you have anything to add, share or ask: feel free to leave a comment! How did you feel about Giger’s passing? Has he been an influence for you as well? I wish you all a lovely weekend, and I hope to see you again next monday with a new artist feature. Bye!