Hello there children of the night. First, let me say that I am neither dead, nor staggering amongst the undead. Rather, trying to completely shift the paradigm of one’s life proves to be an Atlasean task once again. None the less…… I am back to say a very proud happy one year to Cvlt Nation, who’s midnight musings are still some of the best in the web. Hopefully this post is worthy amongst those sharp quills.
When I was growing up, there was no youtube, no vimeo, no redtube, and the internet was still some sort of futuristic wizardy, merely hinted at in the folds of “Wargames.” But we did have VHS tapes, and in these bits of chocolate ribbon, we found any hope of ever catching glimpses of far away or far gone groups. However, unlike their digital grandchildren, these tangible treasures could only be experienced with actual possession. For our purposes, this rarely meant the original copy, but instead some ill-gotten dub (of which, some were the stuff legends were made of). The problem there was the same incurred with an interbred society, very soon down the line, the degradation was beyond markedly noticeable. So, instead of crisp clear picture, what you viewed, instead, was ethereally other-dimensional being, bathed in warbles, blips, and all manner of snow. More often than not, this was a completely acceptable price to pay to steal a glimpse of your favorite group, from Canada, (or Mars for all you knew), but looking back on this footage today, I find an unintentional artform rises out of the analogue. Now, even if I can find perfectly crystal footage of band I’m after, I also dig for this long lost VHS footage, in hopes of a view to that other world. Here are some examples I’ve conjured. Think less about the fact that this is such and such band, and instead, with that in the back of you mind, let yourself get lost in this happenstantial aesthetic.
I was riveted to this Mayhem footage from the late 80′s, beyond the interesting peek into how different both the band and the scene were at this time, not to mention the Venom and Celtic Frost covers, the inadvertent movement of the images in this near basement found footage are mesmerizing.
More vidz after the jump.
Lucas Ruggieri crafts epics in small spaces. His detail is incredible – the texture leaps off of the page, your eyeballs roll across it like braille, feeling tattered cloth, the decaying feathers, the blood of the sacrifice pouring down your cheeks. His subject matter varies greatly, from genital mutilation to the human pulmonary system, and blood is a constant reminder of mortality and pain in his work. However, he doesn’t stray into the gore aspect of some of his influences, and instead presents a darkness that is mitigated by a true appreciation for his subjects. One of my favorite of his pieces is his KYLESA “Artery” shirt design for their 2012 European tour, the way that the myriad of flesh and veins spreads its roots, while the unseeing head above it radiates with power and knowledge. He works in ink and in etchings, and with fine lines, he coaxes the life out of every corner of his pictures. After the jump, check out a gallery of his work, and take yourself on a journey beyond the dark.
Thursday, March 8th, marks the 1st anniversary of CVLT Nation, and we are fucking way beyond stoked! One series that has taken off is our Sonic Cathedrals mixtape series. We respect every band that has curated a volume, and they have used this series as a way to create audio art and a connection to the people that love their music. In celebration, today we want to spotlight all of the Sonic Cathedrals that have been created so far. Most of the covers were designed by Meghan MacRae, the creative director of CVLT Nation. Many times, her design voice is another way for the listener to know what they are in for. I feel like the covers and the music go hand in hand, and she really captures this. Some bands are artists themselves, and send us designs which are just as sick. So after the jump, check out our gallery of Sonic Cathedrals covers…this is just the beginning! Big time respect to everyone that has curated a volume, and to all those that have downloaded the CVLT Nation mixes! And respect to those who will curate mixes in our 2nd year, there is much more to come!
As a visual artist, doing art collaboration is always fun and keeps me creative. Especially if the artist we collaborate with has a unique style, or if the technique is different from usual. I love anything surreal and bizarre, for me doing an Exquisite Corpse collaboration is a homage to the Surrealism movement. Some of you might wondering, what the fuck is Exquisite Corpse? Exquisite Corpse was invented by Surrealists and started about 1925, but different source would say it was already invented before 1918. It was started as a “writing game”, one player would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player. The name of the collaboration is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game: “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” (“The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine”), and later this technique was adapted to drawing and collage. But the technique is not forgotten, nowadays many artists still doing Exquisite Corpse. Usually an artist would draw / make a collage on a paper, and let half of the paper blank. When he/she has finished, his/her part will be covered except for 3 cm. This artwork will be sent via mail, and other collaborator will finish the blank part with only seeing 3 cm strip. Other way is done digitally, but the same rule still apply: only let a small part seen. Sounds rad right? Here are some Exquisite Corpse done by Surrealists, both from the pioneers and nowadays artists!
Hello there freaks, been a long time since last time I posted shit here. So here we go again, lets talk about something freaky and weird – well in the sense of art. If you never heard of Adolf Wölfli (February 29, 1864 – November 6, 1930), he was one of the first artists to be associated with Outsider Art / Art Brut. His artworks were created at a mental asylum near Bern – Switzerland, where he spent rest of his life. He was sexually and physically abused as a child, his father also was a criminal and alcoholic – maybe thats one of the reason why he grew up as a troubled man. In 1895 he was committed to the Waldau Mental Asylum (and diagnosed as a schizophrenic), after arrested (for the second time) for attempting to molest a 3.5 year old girl.
My favorite issues of Juxtapoz have always been the ones that feature dark, weird and disturbing artwork – but there are always a lot of pages I skip through to get to my favorite parts. It turns out, someone has created my perfect magazine, and it’s called Fire Mass. Fire Mass is dedicated to the dark arts and folklores, and features many of the artists we’ve covered on CVLT Nation and many, many more that I have to cover. The issues are in glorious full color, all except the Shadowplay issue, which is in equally glorious black and white, and they are serious eye candy for the appreciator of twisted imagery. They also feature stories, poems, interviews and all kinds of magickal things that you want in your world just to make it a little bit creepier. The next issue of Fire Mass will be released very soon, and for now you can go to their store HERE and purchase hard copies, and you can also get free digital downloads of all their issues, which I am subsisting on right now until I can get the hard copies. The zines are 8.5″ x 11″ and anywhere from 64 to 80 pages, and from the pictures they look like they are beautiful to hold. Check out a few preview pages after the jump, and this is a call for support for Fire Mass – these are the kind of publications that we need to keep around!
A very special album will soon be released via Profound Lore (CD – available March 6th), Sige/Utech Records (vinyl – available February 27), and Sige/Land of Decay (cassette – release date TBA) entitled Bless Them That Curse You, a collaboration between Locrian and Mamiffer. I have been living with this stellar sonic work of art for some time, and I must say, if the changing of seasons had a soundtrack, this would be it! There is something otherworldly about this record, and this extends all the way to the artwork and packaging that will accompany Bless Them That Curse You. The design work was manifested by Faith Coloccia, one half of Mamiffer. To read one of our most thought-provoking interviews ever, between Daniel Menche, Mamiffer and Locrian, go HERE, and to listen to the song Corpus Luteum go HERE. Today, CVLT Nation would like to debut all of the art from Bless Them That Curse You. So after the jump, visualize what you will be holding in your hands soon!
Sarina Brewer is an experienced naturalist that has over the course of her later years started to craft unique taxidermy specimens. Her portrait is more resemblance of a Victorian sorceress and her philosophy is to “let nothing from nature go to waste, and use all of an animal even after death”. Her finished are but different from the rest of the taxidermy circles in a morbid, but beautifully interesting way. She fuses different parts of animals together. Some are mammals combined with birds, or the flying type with horned creatures, nocturnal animals with those who occupy the waters, etc. She first started sculpting and painting with the animal remains, creating some eerie visual canvasses that would probably not be accepted by most galleries. Her mediums were oil, and found products. Gradually this evolved into what is her immense skill and collection today. She volunteers her time as a biologist (fuck yea!), and participates in conservation of the fauna and flora or wildlife rescue on the side. None of the animals she uses were killed by humans, they either died from other predators, disease, age, etc. Her appreciation of death is quite close to mine and recognizing how different cultures honor the dead and connect with them in unorthodox ways. I would love to do something similar by building skeletons for a museum or cleaning found bones and dead animals for preservation and study. Animals are beautiful in death and life! Unlike human are rarely either of these. This is her homage to the animals by giving them artistic meaning in postmortem.
Sarina ““I call it art, you can call it whatever you want.”
Read about some of the processes and look through a portion of the gallery here
Such formulations of shading, blackness, obscurity and detail on paper have rarely been so disturbing and fascinating to me. I am writing this not to impress or say anything which does not seem fitting. After “discovering” Maxime Taccardi’s art, I initiated several funeral doom and depressive black metal albums and stared at these for a solid 2 hours. I wanted to study each manipulative detail and it’s textures, the metaphorical meanings behind the subversive imagery, and then make an inquisition to herr Taccardi about what I couldn’t find out myself. This is kind of art I lust to make when the time feels right, and if I can fit myself into this niche would love create such ugly drawings like these. I received some select words of 6 of his works, where a decent array of mediums have been preserved in these two dimensional masterpieces. It reads in his photoalbums that ‘crayon’ was used, he’s French, and I assume this to mean pencil crayon but perhaps the eyes deceive.
^^mr. taccardi after someone told him they didn’t like his drawings
“The child who was dreaming he was a tree”, it’s old, i did it in 2006, i wanted to express the tree of knowledge. When you taste the forbidden tree, the futility of existence appears like a straight vision: Death, the silent cry of a deathborn. Like the circle of ouroboros…
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Dreams Were Made for Mortals III opened it’s doors at St. Vitus Bar in Brookyln for one night last weekend, and CVLT Nation is stoked to have had a special part of it. DWMFM III featured work by renowned artists and photographers like Vincent Como, Seldon Hunt, Samantha Marble, Kirsten Flaherty, Jeremy Hush, Kat Crosgrove, Justina Villanueva and more – including the curator herself, Karlynn Holland. For the third installment of her exhibit, Holland commissioned a dark, furious, cacophony of music from CVLT Nation, and we delivered. Below you can stream the CVLT Nation DWMFM III Nightmares Mix, an acidic blend of Black Metal and Blackened Crust that will burn into your ears until your brain is a charred mess. After the jump, check out photos of the opening as well as selected works by some of the artists who showed, and also to download the CVLT Nation DWMFM III Mix…
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