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Old 10-30-2010   #1
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Topic Winner Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

Well, the cooling of the air and the darkening of the days is upon us. As is the only holiday I really get into anymore. I actually tend to get darker in the autumn months because I go outside more then, summer in Iowa is extremely humid and unpleasant. I can think of a few Ligottian flavored artists I've discovered over the past and mostly worthless year, and what better time to remember them than now.

First one I can think of is a Finnish photographer I discovered on DeviantArt a while back named Juha Arvid Helminen.

http://immanuel.deviantart.com/

We've seen many very baroque visual interpretations of Ligotti's stories, but some like Dr. Locrian's Asylum and The Mystics of Muelenburg would be more well-suited for more stark and minimalist accompanying artwork. Helminen's work falls under this latter category.
















Some of his other work is more commercially oriented but these definitely have a place here. A fairly accurated depiction of my mind as of late, for better or worse. More artists to come.
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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

Next up is another photographer, this one from the Black Forest of Germany, Alexander Binder. http://www.alexanderbinder.de/

He captures the eerie rural feel more unusual but still present in a few of Ligotti's stories like the memories from Gas Station Carnivals and the setting of The Red Tower. All this while still harboring a fascination with shadowy, old buildings and equally shadowy, indistinct figures often wearing masks.

Just by looking through his artwork, before reading anything about him whatsoever, something told me he was into metal.








































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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

Quote Originally Posted by trieffiewiles View Post

First one I can think of is a Finnish photographer I discovered on DeviantArt a while back named Juha Arvid Helminen.

http://immanuel.deviantart.com/
He looks like he designed Portal's outfits.
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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

[E]xamples of paradox and supernatural horror congealing together are inanimate things guilty of infractions against their nature. Perhaps the most outstanding instance of this phenomenon is a puppet that breaks free of its strings and becomes self-mobilized. . . .

We need to know that puppets are puppets. Nevertheless, we may still be alarmed by them. Because if we look at a puppet in a certain way, we may sometimes feel it is looking back, not as a human being looks at us but as a puppet does. It may even seem to be on the brink of coming to life. In such moments of mild disorientation, a psychological conflict erupts, a dissonance of perception that sends through our being a convulsion of supernatural horror.

-- Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race (2010), pp. 16-17



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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

Nicole kept the streak up with another photographer. Not so surprising then, my next entry for a recently discovered artist of varying Ligottian flavor is also a photographer. This medium is truly neglected as a form of accompanying aesthetic for weird fiction. Though in most instances, I have to agree with the late Charles Baudelaire that photography is all too often an untalented hack's poorly conceived attempt to pretend to be creative, in the right hands though, a variety of different mediums can be combined alchemically with photography into something intoxicatingly weird.

This next seer in question is an Australian named Kimothy, this all I really know about her besides the fact that she's awesome.

http://p3t3r-kurt3n-groupi3.deviantart.com/

At times much more flamboyant and erotic than Ligotti, but obsessed nevertheless with the same sense of mysterious, ruinous cities and absurd caricatures imitating their more bourgeois human likenesses.



















A punk rock photographer version of one of this site's many weird tale spinners perhaps.
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The Alexander Binder art reminds me of a music video for Joy Division's "Atmosphere" THE NIGHTMARE NETWORK - Joy Division - Atmosphere
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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

okay, I will also contribute sth to the thread; this is maybe THE ultimate painting of Ligottian aesthetic (and i was surprised that virtually no one posted this earlier)





The Hands Resist Him, also known as eBay Haunted Painting, is a painting created by Oakland, California artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. It depicts a young boy and female doll standing in front of a glass paneled door against which many hands are pressed. According to the artist, the boy is based on a photograph of himself aged 5, the doorway is a representation of the dividing line between the waking world and the world of dreams and possibilities, and the doll is a guide who will escort the boy through it. The hands themselves represent alternate lives or possibilities. It became the subject of an urban legend and a viral internet meme in February 2000, when it was posted for sale on eBay along with an elaborate backstory implying that it was haunted.

The painting was first displayed in a Los Angeles gallery during the early 1970s, at which point it was reviewed by the art critic at the Los Angeles Times. It was then purchased by actor John Marley, notable for his role as Jack Woltz in The Godfather.

At some point in time after Marley's death, the painting was said to have come into the possession of a California couple, after being found on the site of an old brewery.

The painting appeared on the auction website eBay in February 2000. According to the seller, the aforementioned couple, the painting carried some form of curse. Their eBay description claimed that the characters in the painting moved during the night, and that they would sometimes leave the painting and enter the room in which it was being displayed. Included with the listing were a series of photographs that were said to be evidence of an incident in which the female doll character threatened the male character with a gun that she was holding, causing him to attempt to leave the painting. A disclaimer was included with the listing absolving the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased.

News of the listing was quickly spread by internet users who forwarded the link to their friends or wrote their own pages about it. Some people claimed that simply viewing the photos of the painting made them feel ill or have unpleasant experiences. Eventually, the auction page was viewed over 30,000 times.

After an initial bid of $199, the painting eventually received 30 bids and sold for $1,025.00. The buyer, Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, eventually contacted Bill Stoneham and related the unusual story of its auction on eBay and their acquisition of it. He reported being quite surprised by all the stories and strange interpretations of the images in the painting. According to the artist, the object presumed by the eBay sellers to be a gun is actually nothing more than a dry cell battery and a tangle of wires.

Stoneham recalls that both the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed, and the art critic who reviewed it, died within one year of coming into contact with the painting.

An individual who saw the story about the original painting contacted Stoneham about commissioning a sequel to the painting. Stoneham accepted and painted a sequel called Resistance at the Threshold. The sequel depicts the same characters 40+ years later in the same style as the original. Stoneham has entered into an agreement with the current owners of the first painting to sell prints of it in three sizes. Those prints as well as prints of the sequel painting are available on his website.

Popular culture
The Hands Resist Him image has been used, on various popular culture products:

The painting was used in 2005 Short Film entitled Sitter Directed by A.D. Calvo.
The painting was used on the CD cover art for Carnival Divine.
Argentinian computer game Scratches.
The Grilled Cheese Madonna and 99 Other of the Weirdest, Wackiest, Most Famous eBay Auctions Ever by Christopher Cihlar
Uncle John's Strange and Scary Bathroom Reader For Kids Only by the Bathroom Readers' Institute
Originally appeared in the online version of John Dies at the End, where one of the main characters had purchased the painting from eBay.
Found Lost (Newgrounds flash game)
The painting was used in the popular manga Bleach as a bonus drawing at the end of the 342nd chapter, under the name "The Hands Resist Her", portraying one of the female protagonists, Inoue Orihime, with on the background the glass paneled door

(Dictated while taking a stroll) I have come to realizewhat a superbly contrived marionette man is. Though without strings attached, one can strut, jump, hop and, moreover, utter words, an elaborately made puppet! Who knows? At the Bon season next year, I may be a new dead invited to the Bon festival. What an evanescent world! This truth keeps slipping off our minds.

- Tsunetomo Yamamoto, The Hagakure
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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

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Re: Recently Discovered Artists of Ligottian Aesthetic

I definitely get a strong Ligottian vibe from picture number six, the one with the figure in the sea. So lonely and isolated.

Thanks for sharing.
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