It’s summer time which in addition to Art Basel, dOCUMENTA, and Los Angeles’ first biennial “Made in LA”, also means summer blockbuster films. Just like everyone else, we anxiously awaited the release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a prequel to the “Alien” films.
One reason the original Alien movie continues to stand out from other science fiction films is thanks to the vision of artist HR Giger, a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer who won an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for his design work on the film.
Trained in architecture and industrial design, Giger, who suffers from night terrors, combines these aesthetics to creating dark and disturbing paintings. It’s no surprise that Giger’s artwork meshes perfectly with the Alien movies, featuring such motifs as isolation, bio-mechanics, cloning, pattern and architecture all within dark monochromatic landscapes.
H.R. Giger’s influence is still present today in the Prometheus movie. Ridley Scott masterfully paired Giger’s strong aesthetic with the sterile and sleek appeal of movies such as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey and surprisingly enough, with the archeological appeal one would expect from an Indiana Jones movie.Inspired by this new blockbuster, we couldn’t help but curate a collection reminiscent of the film - one part science, one part art, and one part nightmare.