The Passages of H.R Giger

H.R. Giger-Passage XXVII
H.R. Giger-Passage XXVII

The Swiss artist H.R Giger stated that the initial impetus behind his early paintings (I to IX) in his Passagen (Passages) series was a recurring nightmare in which he found himself in a large room without windows or doors, the only opening being a dark metal hole obstructed by a large safety pin. After getting stuck while passing through this opening he would see a tiny point of light at the end of a long chimney, however he was blocked by an invisible power and he would be unable to move backward or forward with his arms pressed against his body, unable to breath, his only thought being, ‘Oh my God, why am I here?’.

In addition to the dream inspiration the later paintings in the series would feature re-workings of a photograph he had taken of a garbage truck in Cologne, Germany in 1971. Giger was fascinated by its representation of a ‘mechanical-erotic act’, which sounds reminiscent of J.G Ballard’s Crash.

Giger always considered himself a Surrealist and the Passages series. created from the dredging of the unconscious and chance encounter richly deserves to belong in the Surrealist canon. Minimal, obsessive and claustrophobic, it is a truly unsettling experience by a master of the macabre.

H.R Giger-Passage II-1970
H.R Giger-Passage II-1970
H.R Giger Passage IV
H.R Giger Passage IV
H.R Giger-Passages VI-1970
H.R Giger-Passages VI-1970
H.R Giger-Passage VII-1970
H.R Giger-Passage VII-1970
H.R Giger-Passage X 1971
H.R Giger-Passage X 1971
H.R Giger-Passage XII-1971
H.R Giger-Passage XII-1971
H.R Giger-Passage XXV-1972
H.R Giger-Passage XXV-1972
H.R Giger-Passage XXVIII-1973
H.R Giger-Passage XXVIII-1973
H.R.Giger-Passage XXIX-1973
H.R.Giger-Passage XXIX-1973

 

23 thoughts on “The Passages of H.R Giger

  1. Wow, almost painful to contemplate. Yet they’re fascinating. I’m curious about his technique of reworking the photograph. It’s a painting of the photo or a painting photo/collage? They are most unsettling indeed.

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      1. So very realistic (though obviously Surrealist) but you know what I mean. Yes, I believe we’ve all had some version of that dream. Not being able to escape. So yes, it triggers that latent feeling of dread.

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  2. It’s unusual seeing some more colorful pieces. I used to have a book of his work that included this series but it didn’t come with a detailed explanation of what was behind it, so I appreciate all the info. I want to look away from these but I can’t!

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    1. They are compelling, obsessive, minimalist and surrealist. I try to provide context more than analysis because context can make what I like even more interesting. Doesn’t work with art I don’t like. Glad you enjoyed!

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