Why didn't I think of that?
December 31st, 1969
The most inspirational work depicting Hell I've seen recently is The End of Fun by the happy scrappy Chapman Brothers. It's even being investigated for insulting religious beliefs, and has been sited for 'degradation of society.' A multi-boxed diorama with little plastic figures... a degradation of society! Amazing. A testament to its visual power: thousands of tiny tormented figures set in a tableau that merges Hell into Holocaust. To height the bizarreness of it all, there's a field of crucified Ronald McDonalds being taunted by Nazi skeletons. What kind of drugs do these guys do? Evocative of paintings by Bosch, and in particular Pieter Bruegel's 'The Triumph of Death.' They've even made their twisted diorama twice. The first version burned down. A sign, perhaps? Hell Lost is decidedly subdued by way of comparison. Always someone more sick and twisted around the corner. Kris Kuksi is another artist who's work would fit in any worthwhile depiction of Hell, particularly his church tanks. Why, oh why, didn't I think of those? Have tanks ghosted into the background of crowd scenes, but none with churches for turrets. The thought simply never occurred. Nor are the siege towers modelled on Notre Dame. Ah, well. Something to work on. I've hardly scratched the surface... just have to find the thermal exhaust port.