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As of Monday, famous surrealist artist Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced gee [rhymes with key]-grr) died at the age of 74.
Most people would likely know him for his work in Alien in which he designed the creature and it's various life cycles, the alien ship, and the Space Jokey (later officially known as the Engineers in Prometheus). He has also worked on the film Species, designed things for different bands such as mic stands and album covers, and has released several books about his work.
While I have more or less made fun of the guy in some of my pictures, truth be told he actually was my favorite living artist. My first introduction to his work was Alien and the more I looked into his art the more I started to like the guy. Part of it is probably because his surrealism has enough obvious themes that it isn't willful abstractions but still subtle enough that it doesn't beat you over the head with a message. Some of his works I still don't know if they have a meaning to them or not but still enjoy them for the work and detail he put into his art.
It's interesting to note that Giger was a friend of the famous surrealist Salvador Dali who despite a fairly recent death in 1989, has become a household name in art. I would hope that Giger also becomes a household name as his art is unique and interesting enough to stand the test of time. In some ways it could be argued that he already is. He's pretty much the only person I've seen who worked on the special effects in a movie being the person who also gets credit for the creature. Most of the time people just associate the monster with the director. It seems like an incredibly odd idea that worked perfectly and it's baffling that I've seen such few other science fiction movies try the same method of having a surrealist design their creatures.
Some people might find it a bit lowly that he's most well known for working on movies rather than the kind of art that can be put in a museum but I find it fitting. He's a horror surrealist whose art is supposed to invoke fear in its viewers and that's exactly what the xenomorph did. It was a disturbing biomechanical sexual predator that was frightening when Alien first came out that it became one of the most well known science fiction creatures ever. It's almost a shame that Aliens and the other sequels were made that turned the xenomorph into a generic video game enemy to quickly gun down when you consider it and though the scene where Ripley fights the alien queen is cool, it's unfortunate that the queen became the established part of the xenomorph life cycle while HR Giger's original idea didn't:
Even though he's most well known for his work on Alien (just search up his name on Google news. Pretty much every article mentions it in their title), he actually found people tattooing his biomechanical art onto themselves to be the best compliment. He also didn't consider his art as horrific as everyone else did.
As science progresses and more and more advancements in medical technology involve connecting machine to man, time will tell if Giger's strange visions will ever become a reality