Photographer: Klaus Pichler
Based in: Vienna, Austria
This is a photo of my girlfriend in a hotel’s hallway in Odessa, Ukraine. We made a trip to the Ukraine three years ago and we stayed in this hotel for some nights. This was one of the hotels you can still find in Eastern Europe where the grandezza of the old days blends with the functionality and tastelessness of comunist days, resulting in a feeling which is comparable to a pre-Perestroyka movie version of ‘Shining’. We thought that a bed sheet ghost would fit perfectly to these uncanny hallways, and one night, when we were sure that all of the merciless heavyweight parlour maids had left the building, we staged this picture.
Like a lot of broke people with good taste, I often dream about my perfect home – what it would look like, what treasures I would fill it with. I am not talking about stainless steel appliances or heated floors, I mean the artwork that would adorn my walls and tables. When I come across sculptors like Evan Chambers, I put them into my home furnishings spank bank for that distant, doubtful day that I will have shitloads of money to spend on things other than food and rent. Chambers’ sculptures are in fact utilitarian – they are lamps that stand on clawed feet or dangle from tentacles, jars to hold your potions/cookies in and vases for your headless roses and thorn sticks. They have a steampunk vibe to them, with the portholes and rivets and his heavy use of copper, bronze and glass, but they look alive in the perfect way to stand alongside a two-headed taxidermy fanged squirrel skeleton. Not that I have one of those, but I might, one day. Chambers is a skilled metalworker and glass blower based in LA, whose one of a kind creations can be bought online here and viewed below.
Unholy awesomeness…Albin Brunovsky was a Slovak painter, graphic artist, lithographer, illustrator who had the skills to blow your mind. His illustrations are part nightmare and part reality that you will lose yourself in. As you look deeper into his work, you will start to see the different layers of terror scream at you in voices of silent pain. His lines and imagination are truly other worldly. So today, CVLT Nation celebrates the work of Albin Brunovsky – ask yourself, how did his mind work?
Walter Potter was a self-taught Victorian taxidermist in Sussex who became famous for his anthropomorphized taxidermy scenes featuring all types of animals, but mainly kittens, squirrels and mice – probably plentiful in those parts. He is famous for scenes like “The Kittens’ Wedding,” his commentary on social inequity “The Squirrels’ Club” and “The Rats’ Den” and “The Death and Burial of Cock Robin.” My daughter freaked when she saw this, but I also got a kick out of their tiny costumes and perfect gestures. The museum Potter created in his home was broken up and sold for over £500,000, while a bid of £1,000,000 was offered by Damien Hirst for the entire collection but was rejected by auctioneers. Check out some of Potter’s scenes below.
Death metal has been pushing the limits of music for a little over 30 years; bands such as Carcass, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Incantation, Obituary and many many more have left their marks in OSDM history. First time I fell in love with death metal is when I heard Obituary’s “Cause of Death” – it contained all of metal that I loved, everything from the riffs down to production. Later I moved on to Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha,” in my opinion the greatest death metal record ever written, but of course that’s a matter of opinion. I often dream about the perfect death metal show, but like a lot of you out there, I was born too late and missed out on all the epic shows that went down back in the day…here’s the next round of flyers…enjoy!
CVLT Nation has been down with LA’s doom lord Ear/Splitters for a while now, and we are very excited about his latest incarnation, Midnite Collective. To celebrate the beginning of this new venture into the darkness of the human heart and mind, CVLT Nation and Midnite Collective present Midnite Communion. Summoning the dark arts and craft of the underworld, on Saturday, November 23rd Midnite Collective brings Jas Helena, Bryan Proteau, Davide Manicni and Stevie Floyd together to create a visual altar that will be led in ceremony by Amarok (Chico) and Funerary (Phoenix). Doom and darkness set the somber undertone of the evening, gathering the masses of the underground community to observe their creative counterparts in an intimate setting known as MonkSpace in Los Angeles (4414 W. 2nd St.). The event is free and all ages, beginning at dusk (7pm) with music beginning shortly after, ending at 10pm. Check out more event info here and below…
The Victorian Blood Book was a part of Evelyn Waugh‘s personal collection of Victorian texts and manuscripts, and arguably the most curious – a scrapbook put together by a loving father for his daughter’s wedding day, this book is an amalgamation of engravings by William Blake, Christian and nature imagery, blood red ink and written text filling all the gaps in between. The text on the pages, hand written by its creator John Bingley Garland in 1854, has the tone of religious ranting, rife with Bible quotes, with phrases such as “Truth! springs out of the earth! and Righteousness! shall look down! from Heaven!” A lot of exclamation points, so many that when I read the text, I read it in the voices of the crazy bums I’ve met on the street trying to convert anyone and everyone to their visions of plague and fire. All I can say is, if my dad gave me something like this, I would question his sanity. But hey, this was the Victorian era, so this type of zealotry was as mainstream and normal as it is today in a Texas megachurch. The creepy element is in the blood dripping from everyone and everything on its pages. Hand drawn in red India ink are bleeding crosses, blood dripping from people, animals, plants and fruit. Literally everything is soaked in the blood of Christ. That’s it, I’m converted! You can look at scans of the full book here, plus take a look at some of my favorites below.
When Police say that they are here to protect and serve, that is a bunch of bullshit. These corporate forces of hate are meant to protect the rich and subjugate the poor worldwide. During the 60′s and 70′s, the world was fighting back against colonialism, from Africa to Europe to America. This is when the African Americans were considered enemies of the state if they chose to stand up for their civil rights. Check out these photos of riots that took place in the “land of the free” for those who were not white. When I look at these photos, I see that the slave master was still running shit only 55 years ago…That being said, it’s always good to know your past so that it’s not repeated! Looking into the eyes of these officers is looking into the eyes of evil!
PostApoc, by Liz Worth.
Now or Never Publishing, 184 pages.
The underlying anxiety of disaster fiction always stems from the question, how would we survive if the engine of industrialized civilization were to irreparably break down? Toronto-based author Liz Worth’s debut novel PostApoc has at its core the nihilistic observation that, if there really were nothing left, then there would no longer be any reason to survive. As such, it’s appropriate that the story begins with an ending – albeit a complicated one – in which protagonist Ang undertakes a suicide pact with her inner circle of friends, then finds herself the sole survivor. In a world that increasingly resembles painter Hieronymus Bosch’s surreal vision of hell in The Garden of Earthly Delights, Ang finds that escapism is a healthy means of coping with the slow, nightmarish collapse of not only the world but of reality itself.
1.Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky
Artist Pyotr Pavlensky has made eyes water all over the world with his protest against Russia’s descent into authoritarianism – nailing his testicles to the ground in Red Square on Sunday to denounce Vladimir Putin’s “police state”. Yet connoisseurs of performance art are probably already saying: “Meh, seen it all before.” For Pavlensky’s protest is the latest in a long line of performance art pieces that have endangered life and limb. Here are our top 10 …