Monday, 19 November 2012

Scary Monsters, Super Creeps

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"

Representations of death have a kind of energy that is totally at odds with actual Bad Things which are generally quiet and limp and involves a lot of waiting around in hospitals. I think anything that scares us is infused with a kind of electrical pull, not the actual event, but the ghost of the actual thing, the reconstruction of it. 

Emile Nolde, Mask Still III, 1911, Matthias Grünewald – Temptation of St. Anthony, Edvard Munch, The Dead Mother and Child, Anonymous, 1520, Hugo Simberg, The Garden of Death, Diomedes Devoured by His Horses, Gustave Moreau, Danse Macabre, Rob Harrison

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