Friday, July 28, 2006Friday Grotesque Blogging
No matter how jaded we become, we're always interested in looking at ourselves.
I see dead people... wearing nice suits: the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo
I still don't completely understand what this was about, but it's intruiging: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's physiognomic heads.
And these sculptures aren't exactly grotesque, but they're not especially soothing, either. They are, however, mind-bendingly lifelike: Ron Muyeka (I think that's right; my cyrillic skillz are a little rusty.)
These aren't exactly safe for work, though they're certainly not obscene, either.
I'm out of town all weekend, so there's probably not much point in looking for new posts till Sunday night at the earliest.
PS: I found the first two of these via the Athanasius Kircher Society, which I highly recommend. I don't remember where I found the last one.
PPS: "The Physiognomic Heads" might make a pretty sweet name for a band.
Update: It's Ron Mueck (or maybe Mück). He's Australian. So much for my skillz.
Here's an even better gallery. |