When you see a biomechanical creature art, be it sculpture or print, chances are, it is the work of art of H.R. Giger. Oh. You don’t know who’s H.R. Giger? H.R. Giger, born Hans Rudolf Giger, was a Swiss avant garde artist most notable for his work on Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror sci-fi flick, Alien which he was responsible for the now-infamous acid-drooling creature – a work that bagged the 1980 Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Outside of Alien, H.R. Giger’s works mostly involved fusing human and machine into images that evoke a haunting and dark psychedelia theme. A theme that also demonstrates the “collective fears and fantasies of his (H.R. Giger) age,” including the looming threat of nuclear calamity, pollution and wasted resources, “and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival” – all of which, sadly, remain relevant to this day.
Unfortunately, this visionary artist of our time passed on in 2014 after succumbing to injuries from a fall, but his unique vision and spirit lives on in the H.R. Giger SUMO-sized Monograph – a literature that pays homage to his journey, his art and his philosophy. Here’s a summary:
“Featuring seven fold-out spreads, it shows the complete story of Giger’s life and art, his sculptures, film works, and iconic album covers as well as the heritage he has left us in his own artist’s museum and self-designed bar in the Swiss Alps. In an in-depth essay, Giger scholar Andreas J. Hirsch plunges into the themes of Giger’s oeuvre and world while an extensive artist biography draws on contemporary quotes and Giger’s own writings.”
Limited to just 1,000 number copies and costing $900 a copy, H.R. Giger Monograph (Hardcover) is signed by Carmen Giger, wife of H.R. Giger, representing H.R. Giger Estate and comes in a clamshell box. This ain’t your typical coffee table book. It is book that’s dark and surrealistic and it is SUMO-sized, coming in at 36.7 x 50 centimeters (1’ 213/32” x 1’ 711/16”) and a whopping 400 pages thick!
There are also two Art Editions up for grab too: a H.R. Giger. Art Edition Nr. 1-100 ‘Relief + Photogravure’ and a H.R. Giger. Art Edition Nr. 101-200 ‘Relief’ (both pictured below) going for $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.
Images courtesy of TASCHEN.