Gothic Council Selects Artists for the Gallery
Your humble goth reporter has been spending a lot of time over on the Art Blog trying to make the whole thing as much about comic books and old video games as possible. Frankly, we're beginning to wonder if we've geeked out just a bit too far, and decided to try and expand our artistic horizons a bit. To this end, we summoned the Gothic Council to see if they could suggest some appropriately talented artists to class up our noggin.
Joining the Council this week is co-founder of the Age of Decay festival Alethea Carr, author of the Encylopedia Gothica Liisa Ladouceur, DJ Martin Oldgoth, living historian Morrighanne Burns, blogger at Night's Plutonian Shore Sarah Fanning, and doll maker Ugly Shyla.
Alethea Carr: My very favourite visual artist seems like such a stereotypical one - Charles Addams - but he isn't my favourite for stereotypical reasons. Yes, of course I love his Addams Family, but the moment I really fell in love with his work has nothing to do with them.
My parents had given me a book of his cartoons, and it was fun to pore over them and find what was "off'" in each ordinary-seeming illustration. But I got to one and its off-ness escaped me. A man, in a homey living room, is playing his cello. That's all. I searched and searched the picture, and then I finally saw it: one, tiny, panicked eye staring up from inside the cello. That eye was so horrific, so comedic, so subtle and surprising that it won my admiration for him forever. He also gave me a greater appreciation for Edward Gorey and Gahan Wilson and their benignly twisted sense of humour.
Liisa Ladouceur: Pierre Soulages. Discovered him on my last visit to Paris, there was a large retrospective of his at the Pompidou. His most recent and most famous works are very large-scale paintings that are entirely black. You would think, how many of those can you do? Well, each one is different, as the light hits its textures. I was enthralled with each one. He calls these "outrenoir." I love the idea that this guy just said one day "why not paint all in black?" and just did it.
While he seems practically unknown over here, in France/Europe he's super famous so I believe one of those beloved black painting sells for upwards of $300,000. So, no, I don't have one.
Martin Oldgoth: For me it's Arthur Rackham, His work fascinated me as a kid when I had a book whose title has long been forgotten with a cover illustrated by him. The detail in even a simple sketch was incredible.