One thing that has gotten me high ever since I was around four was underground art. When I was younger I would spend hours staring at the Funkadelic album covers, and as I started to get older I would bug out on the Freak Brother comics! I didn’t know it then, but now I can see that I have always been attracted to subversive images. Maybe this is why when I first got into hardcore in the 80′s, the illustrators were just as important to me as the bands. When you saw a flyer done by Ric Clayton, Pushead, Shawn Kerri or Marc Rude you know the show was going to kick ass. Also the covers from CRASS, RUDIMENATRY PENI, AMEBIX and ICONS OF FILTH drew me in just as much as their music. When I heard that The Ajna Offensive was putting out a book entitled ENTARTETE HUNTS curated by Dennis Dread, I was very keen to see it. Once I did, I realized I was looking at underground art history, because this book features works by some of my favorites. Check out this roll call of some of the illustrators that are in this 400 page book: Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni), Ed Repka (Megadeth), S. Clay Wilson (Zap Comix), Erik Danielsson (Watain), Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Dissesction), Sean Taggart (Crumbsuckers), Joe Petagno (Motörhead), Jos. A. Smith (Bathory), Bobby BeauSoleil (Lucifer Rising), Dennis Dread (Darkthrone), Michel “Away” Langevin (Voivod), plus 30 more insane artists not mention here…Now peep an unreal gallery of some their amazing ART!
Altars of Madness is a 3-part exhibition that explores extreme metal, divided into sections focusing on grindcore, death metal and black metal. The exhibition, curated by Damien Deroubaix and Jérôme Lefèvre, opened on May 18th, 2013 in Luxembourg at Casino Luxembourg, and will run until Sept 15th, 2013 followed by an exhibition at Confort Moderne in Poitiers (FR) from Sept 28th to Dec 15th, 2013. Featuring noted artists like Matthew Barney, Nicholas Bullen, Larry Carroll, Grégory Cuquel, Damien Deroubaix, Seldon Hunt, Gregory Jacobsen,Theodor Kittelsen, Harmony Korine, Élodie Lesourd, Juan Pablo Macias, Maël Nozahic, Torbjorn Rodland, Steven Shearer, Mark Titchner, Gee Vaucher and Banks Violette, this exhibition is a skillful examination of the influence of metal on the art world. As a part of the exhibition, Napalm Death and Blockheads performed a show on July 3rd, tying in the visuals and the music in a tangible way, and to close the exhibition Final (Justin K Broadrick) and soleil[s]noir will perform at Espace Découverte. Below you can check out some of the haunting pieces that are a part of this exhibition – one that metal fans around Europe should definitely try to make their way out to!
All photos: WILI – Media Makers, Casino Luxembourg, 2013
Being a Cali kid, I’m supposed to know how to drive, but I don’t. That might be weird in way, but I do have a love for cars. Maybe this is why I have always thought that Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was a cool dude. Before I had ever seen any of his cars, I knew his cartoons featuring Rat Fink – who to me is a total icon of counter culture – plus I know for a fact he had an influence on many of the artists from the early 80′s punk scene. Ed was a man of fucking passion and was so talented, from being an expert auto painter/customizer to a barber to a cartoonist. When I look at the stuff he created it really inspires me because I realize that as long as I follow my heart, everything else will follow. Today CVLT Nation salutes Ed “Big Daddy” Roth with a huge gallery of his cartoons and outergaltic rides!
The paintings of Christian Rex van Minnen would look at home in another dimension, hanging on the walls of a Renaissance palace owned by a wealthy mutant. I imagine myself walking down an ornate hall cluttered with oil paintings of their terrifying ancestors, their bulbous growths and glistening fluids looming over me. His paintings are rife with Western gluttony and luxury, justified by centuries of despotic rule. At the same time, he creates the perfect foil to his rich colors and lustrous oils with his subjects’ erupting skin, all bubbling boils and cancerous lumps, afflicted with the diseases of the poor. Our luxury is consuming itself with pestilence, exposing the ugly reality behind the decadent mask. His subjects are faceless, in that they often don’t have any discernable features, but van Minnen makes their faces from other stuff, piecing together their personality with bumps, folds, pores, tattoos and droplets. You feel their gaze although they have no eyes. It’s kind of awkward, but stunning at the same time; portraits that would suit the house of a collector of curiosities. You can check out some of his paintings below, and I highly recommend following his Instagram if you are into the weird!
You know when you see album artwork, and the amazingness of it alone forces you to listen to the music enclosed within it? I am a sucker for good album artwork, and more often than not, when a band has some really, really sick composition on its album cover, it makes me like their music more. Couple this with my passion for fantasy artwork, and Nick Keller hits my art spot! His highly detailed oil paintings transport me into a world whipped with ferocious winds that whirl around me and fill me with a delicious dread. He manages to create a sense of sharpness with soft lines, a myriad of colors all blending together but still distinct, almost as if I am seeing through a fog that cuts me. He envisions giants who descend upon the earth, their very size and power malice alone, but their intentions with what awaits them on earth are unclear. They are full of fire and blinding light, and could crush us with one small movement, but they seem to exist without regard for us who look upon them. His subjects seem like extensions of the natural world, while at the same time they are extraterrestrial, but they grow out of flame and mountain and cloud and ocean and tree, and more a part of this earth than anything that lives and dies on it. His paintings tell stories that are too vast for words. No wonder this Wellington, NZ based artist was chosen to do conceptual artwork for The Hobbit, he is actually capable of capturing in images the complexity of Tolkien’s texts. Keller is also the artist behind covers for NZ bands Beastwars and Heresiarch. Enter his worlds at your own risk below…
Can you see the pain in color? Can you see the revolution in color? Can you see the ghost of right now in color? Frida Kahlo was an artist that worked magic with her creative expression, and became an artist that would go on to change the world. When I look into her paintings, I see joy surrounded by anguish. For some reason, Frida’s style inspires me to make it through my hard times on this planet. I have so much respect for her – the way she gave a voice to the voiceless. Frida’s pieces are decades old, but still resonate with the human condition that we all face today. Something I find interesting is the way she used vibrant colors to paint gothic scenes of surrealism. Today CVLT Nation celebrates Frida Kahlo with an essay of her work, plus we are showing the Frida Documentary…May the ghost of color haunt me forever!
We have covered artist/tattooist Scott Move in the past, and we are big supporters of his artistic vision. So we are stoked to hear about the show he has curated, Absence of Light, which opens this Thursday the 11th at The Circle in Soho, London, at 7pm. He has put together an amazing group of UK artists and no doubt it will be a dark and despicably excellent event! Check out the flyer below and represent at 21 Noel Street!
I had friend who owned a hearse. It was how he got around town, in slow, loud and methodical style. One time, he had to drive me to work – I had 20 minutes to get there, it was a 5-minute drive, a no brainer. But he didn’t tell me that his hearse went 15 to 20/km tops. I was late, but I did arrive in a hearse, so my boss forgave me. There is something about these vehicles of death that fascinate us; the last earthly travel of a corpse, before it rests forever in earth. Back in the day, hearses were ornate and richly decorated, demonstrating a certain nobility in death. Especially in South America, where they were often made of carved wood attached to the standard Cadillac or Lincoln body – a huge, plumed and shiny black death carriage – or in Japan where mini-pagodas adorn the backs of hearses in gold splendor. I am a big fan of the 50s models, with their wings and tails and white-walled tires, or the 20s and 30s models with their false curtained windows, ones that the dead never need look out of. In California, you might even see a pimped-out, fully tinted hearse sitting on dubs if you’re lucky. After the jump, Check out a gallery of beautiful and strange funeral coaches!
I have always been into things that are perceived as being on the outside of society. As a young kid, I remember when I first saw a Salvador Dali painting; I could not look away. Ever since then, he has been one of my all time favorite artists. From the outside looking in, Dali always represented what it meant to just be yourself and create what you want from your heart. This is why Fuck Yeah Dali is our favorite tumblr this moment. After the jump, melt your brain cells and step into Salvador Dali’s mad mad universe of creation!
Thank god I am an Instagramhoor, because if I hadn’t checked it in the spare minute I had I wouldn’t have seen what fucking awesome shit was going down in my hometown of Vancouver today and tomorrow! Nothing is Heavy and Scratch Records are putting on a couple of art and music showcases at Interurban Gallery in the downtown eastside, and not only will you be able to admire the work of infamous artists like Alison Lilly (who put me on to these events), Bonnie Dobbin, Sab Kay, Gam Strudwick and Dena Lazerenko, but you will also be enjoying to extremely dope lineups! Friday features Black Wizard with War Baby, Astrakhan and Wilt, and Saturday features the legendary YOB with Alda and Harrow. Anyone who has toured through Vancouver knows that your audience is 150% with you and would literally bring the house down if their weed smoking wasn’t keeping them in check, so these shows are going to be off the hook. If you are in the vicinity this weekend make sure to head over to Interurban and say hi from CVLT Nation!