June 1, 2008
Richard Aeschlimann, Le Regard Géologue
I picked up this oddity at a used bookstore a few years ago.
Le Regard Géologue (1973, L'Age d'Homme) includes drawings from 1969 to 1972 by the Swiss artist Richard Aeschlimann. L'Age d'Homme seems like a damn fine publisher (with many books by Aeschlimann), though I haven't yet found a good place to purchase their books without being killed on international shipping.
I know Roland Topor is a fan of Aeschlimann (but I don't know much about either of them). Look at Topor's own artwork to The Tenant and you can see the similarity in their artwork. [The Tenant, a 1964 novel, was recently reprinted by Millipede Press with an intro by short-story master Thomas Ligotti. Millipede seems to have fine taste so I will check out this book and their other publications. At their site I learned that the image that haunted me as a kid is by the artist Don Brautigam.]
Here are some samples from Le Regard Geologue.
I keep meaning to post about the great Polish writer and artist Witkacy:
This one is Gorey-esque but disturbing in its own way:
Many of the images feature naked body parts (usually separated from the body!):
Self-portrait from the book's back cover: