Nicholas Lockyers’ Dark Collage Mutations

 

Nicholas Lockyers’ collage work distorts the human figure in response to out of balance priorities placed on the pursuit of external beauty. Death and Misfortune remain a constant throughout each piece, lending a certain gravity to the fairly familiar aesthetic of “collage culled from vintage illustration archives” which is kind of popular right now. Lockyers definitely has his own thing going on though. His particular selection of imagery is set at a pretty good pitch, and I dig the dark vibes. More snakes, skulls, and bats after the jump.

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Wayne Martin Belger Builds Cameras From HIV Blood And Human Skulls

Time to once again danse macabre by way of self-taught artist Wayne Martin Belger. Belger uses unusual materials (human skulls, HIV-positive blood, bullet shells) to build functional cameras that lend their composition to the work itself.

Wayne Martin Belger is one of the rare two-part artists that create works relying on each other through the synonymity of  the repeated aesthetic.  That is to say, when you look at his cameras, sculptures that represent something painfully graphic and simultaneously beautiful,   you relate to the photographs in a different way. I find it fascinating that his installations show the cameras first, then you see the completed ancient photograph — it was made with this thing?

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