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Sunday, 2 October 2011

the bell tolls : a book for halloween - no 2, The Book Of Skulls

Works by Noah Scalin from The Book of Skulls by Faye Dowling
Exploring skulls in popular culture these days doesn't just mean alas poor Yorick or horror films, the Jolly Roger or goth bedroom decor. From the Grateful Dead's psychedelic skull posters to Damien Hirst jewel-encrusted art skulls have been invading the mainstream to become a defining motif of our times. Maybe it's all the 2012 end of time, four horsemen of the apocalypse galloping towards us myths that are working on our collective subconscious. Whatever it is, Faye Dowling's The Book Of Skulls gathers together contemporary, skull-based, graphic design images to match the inventive skeletal creations of Ray Harryhausen, including Noah Scalin (works pictured), whose works also feature on his own Skull-A-Day art blog. Whether the skull is the "ultimate anti-establishment" symbol that Dowling says it is is debatable, but this is definitely good seasonal eye-candy, and fit for the coffee table at a very modern danse macabre.
The Book Of Skulls by Faye Dowling, published by Laurence King

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