Charles Ray's "Family Romance"
"Aqualung" by Jethro Tull used to scare the crap outta me!
Lindy West's eye.
"Saturn devouring his son" by Goya.
What about Albright?
Salvador Dali did a bunch of scary stuff. "Baby Map of the World" is just one example.
I am terrified of the Frederick Church painting of Niagara Falls where you're really close and you can't see any land. It makes me feel like I'm in a ferris wheel stuck over it, and I kind of start to hyperventilate just thinking about it.
Francis Bacon's "Figure with Meat"
Bosch is an obvious addition.
Also, some Paik installations creep me out.
It's not art, but you want scary? Read this clear, dry, prescient elucidation of the coming economic apocalypse:
Toss up between J-P Witkin and Weegee, although I don't have specific pieces for either.
Of course, if you allow for film, then that opens a lot of doors, and I guess makes the question less interesting. If we're keeping it to "art films," maybe Eraserhead?
Oh, wait, no . . . I forgot about that sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth. There we go.
The eyeball-razor scene in Un chien Andalou by Luis Bu˝uel. That shit still turns my stomach thinking about it.
Goya's "Saturn Devouring his Children" didn't exactly scare me on first looking at it, but since then, the giant figure looming over the horizon, blood, smeared on hands and mouth, has been a recurrent figure in my nightmares. For like twenty years now, maybe more.
@16. Oh yeah. And that wild, urgent, disconnected look in Saturn's wide eyes. Shudder.
I got most of my sex education from Hieronymus Bosch.
Image Google: Joel Peter Witkin. His photographs are beautiful but give me nightmares.
The greatest art-related alarm I have felt as an adult was the draping of statues, "The Spirit of Justice" and "The Majesty of Law" in the lobby of the Dept. of Justice. Supposedly John Ashcroft didn't like being seen in proximity with half-nudes, while in reality he couldn't face the embodiment of our judicial system while desecrating it.
I've always been both somewhat terrified by and slightly enamored with Gericault's Raft of the Medusa.
Most Aphex Twin videos:
That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door) by Ivan Albright.
Runner up: Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.
some of peter joel witkin's photgraphs are pretty scary
but i'm in love with them nonetheless
i was going to add a link to an example, but 2 images of nudey shemales came up (these are not the scary ones i was referencing)and i'm at work. Whooooops
David Firth's "Hell"
doesnt reaaly count, but i once had a dream after a day at the moma that i encountered a giant glass cube in an unspecified museum. it was filled with rays of light from several sun roofs above it, and for some reason i was completely terrified.
other than that i'll have to go with balthus and the ed kienholz installation "still live"
Hands down: anything by Thomas Kinkade. Especially his post 9/11 crap.
Francis Bacon really got me as a young man and this piece in particular:
Kincade's got a new series of NASCAR paintings. I saw them advertised on TV the other day. His work is terrifying, but these were beyond belief. I had to watch from behind the sofa.
Jen I just watched that video by Bruce last night.
Joel Peter Witkins Mother and Child.
Otto Dix's etchings from the war.
The razor slicing the eyeball in Un Chein Andalou is pretty powerful as well.
Anything by Francis Bacon is terrifying. Also, The Nightmare by John Henry Fuselli is pretty scary.
I remember going to the wax museum in Victoria as a kid, and being mega scared by the chamber of horrors. Especially the guy with the meat hook through his pelvis. Does that count as art?
Speaking of bacon...
Just about anything by Joel Peter Witkins.
hands down, vermin death star. ick.
The 'who's in the basement' scene from Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'.
I saw Bruegel's Dulle Griet (Mad Meg) when I was in Antwerp and I was so freaked being alone in a room with it that I bought the poster so I could look at it later. Eighteen years later it is still under my bed.
Bruce Nauman's Clown Torture video installation piece. First you've got the creepy clowns in distress (esp. one in a restroom stall), then you've got a clown going insane by saying this over and over: "Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off; who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence..."
Language itself can make you crazy if you don't watch out...
Anything Francis Bacon
"the Visitation". Sculpture I saw about 9 years ago in the outdoor sculpture gallery of either the National Gallery of Art or the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Hands down when it comes to visual art.
"Phil" by Chuck Close.
Ivan Albright -- Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida
I freaked my shit when I saw that at the Art Institute of Chicago...
I saw a show of Jake and Dinos Chapman's work that was so compelling, yet so nasty and violent, that it made me ill. The coup de grace was the sculpture "Insult to Injury" that featured three lifesized dismembered corpses in perfect detail, hanging from a tree, in a heightened state of decay, covered with snakes, rats and maggots. I thought I was going to lose it. I had to leave the museum and sit still for an hour just to get my balance back. Powerful stuff and absolutely horrifying.
In second place, anything by Billy Joel.
Gimme Shelter makes me very scurred.
check out roy lichtenstein's "la sortie", creepy in a david lynchian cartoonish way.
but closer to the visceral, scary factor are any of a number of works by local surrealist rick simpson whose computer-generated pieces can be found at altkunst.com.
odd nerdrum's painting of a woman taking a shit.
the razor cuts eye scene in the salvador dali-bunuel movie, 80 years old and still way more scary than SAW
James Lee Byars, The Ghost of James Lee Byars.
So scary I had to hold my breath and run through fast.
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