Tuesday, August 23, 2011

String Theory - The Beautiful Non-Euclidean Horror of Chiharu Shiota

Any regular reader of The Cosmicomicon knows my love of the Japanese.  The people, the land, the food, Bushido, the cultural emphasis on precision, and the almost genetic embrace of the Weird.  The Japanese have and always seen the world differently than western eyes, and that's a wonderful thing. 

So it surprises me not a whit when Ives introduced me to the gorgeous and sanity threatening art of Chiharu Shiota
The canvas is half empty space surrounding commonplace objects of a life commonly lived, where both memories and the best laid plains got derailed by the emergence of something sinister and... growing. 

The medium is simple black string, made into something monstrous, like a billion groping tentacles reaching into our reality from someplace vast and dark.  Or an alien plague spreading with the force and tactics of a monstrous, primordial mold.

Ghostly, ghastly, spectral and oddly aggressive, Chiharu Shiota is tapping into something deep and profound, creating a colossal version of the end of things via innumerable and unnameable strands. 

Much like art, horror is the sum of its parts, be they small or impossibly large...  The few or the infinite...
The Genius at work


  1. Hi,

    We're working on a new strategy game for iPhone based on Call of Cthulhu and thought you might like to be on the press list for it? The basic info about the game is here: http://bit.ly/cthulhumob


    debbie dot connor at redwaspdesign dot com

  2. Hi, Debbie! Thanks for reading The Cosmicomicon.

    I'll e-mail you re: the CoC strategy game.

  3. This is fantastic, being suspended or entrapped or just taken over the the weeee threads of dread, a dark matter of sorts, I'll stop there before I go into my string theories...Great post Teddy G, always enlightening.

  4. Thanks, old pal. Glad you dug it.