Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Den Schädel auf. Die Brust entzwei.

by Suzanne on December 16th, 2006

© Marcin Tyszka - click on images to enlarge

I normally don't care much about fashion photography. It's often so polished and superflat that I don't really see why it can't all be done in Maya® instead and with RealDolls™ instead of anaemic models with half open mouths and expressionless eyes.

What bores me the most are all these greyish powdered arms dangling over armrests. I just fail to see what's aesthetically so exciting about lethargic body parts hanging from Louis XIV furniture. Not that I have anything against Louis XIV, mind you - quite the contrary, I always adored his rather twisted sense of decadence humour. But if I want to see dehydrated lifeless bodies, I'd rather go to the morgue (now that would make an amazing i-D spread, wouldn't it?).

I don't mind so much that most models have the charisma of a synthetic polar bear rug, I just wish we'd actually get to see at least some of them in actu - helping grannies across the street, rescuing kittens from trees, instructing tuna in art history, lifting weights - instead of just having to watch them gracefully rot away in antique furniture.

Well, all categorical refusal of fashion photography aside, when it comes to girls who play with skulls in abandoned anatomy museums (c.f. above), even I get weak. I just can't help it. And I don't even think it was particularly visionary of Marcin Tyszka to add organic materials like dust, ashes, bones (and even pickled toads) to the immaculate world of fashion photography - I think I just looked at it at the right time with the right frame of mind.

Decay is the new black.


Meerkatgirls © Andrew Sendor - click to enlarge

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Robert Craig interview (by The Extra Finger)

Jeff Soto interview (by Supertouch | Attention: Jeff's Cold Ice Age exhibit closes tonight, 16th December, at BLK/MRKT Gallery.)


N° 1

I miss my cats. Above all Spot (.. named after...). Spot was a good soldier cat. A curious, adventurous, courageous and proud cat. I wish they'd all come back to me. Not like in Pet Cemetery, but you know... for real. Someone bring me back my kitties, please. *sobs*

N° 2

According to iTunes, by far the most often played song on my iPod is 'Loser' by Beck. The 2nd most played song is 'Every Day Is Exactly The Same' (which it is) by Nine Inch Nails, 3rd is 'Everlong' by The Foo Fighters, 4th is 'One' by Metallica and 5th is 'Pushed Again' by Die Toten Hosen. Followed by 'A Forest' by The Cure (they're the overall winners in occupying storage space), 'She's In Parties' by Bauhaus, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division and 'Mad World' by Gary Jules.

I'm only telling you this because after an extensive scientific analysis, I came to the conclusion that this can only mean one thing:

I haven't really evolved since the age of 14. Yaaaaay!

N° 3

Yes, I do want that snow-white pony we selected for Christmas, mum. With a red ribbon around its neck. Thank you.

N° 4

This blog post contains so many (mostly pointless) links that I got a headache halfway through counting them.

N° 5

The bitter realisation that you never know when you're halfway through counting something unless you know the grand total in advance gave me another headache.


¹ Buy prints by Rik Garrett at the WurzelShoppe!