Andrew Thomas Huang / nature’s grotesque

I discovered Andrew Thomas Huang a couple of years ago, and since then I seem to refer to him through my reading and thoughts quite often. He is an experimental artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, producing short films and artwork, as well as videos for other music artists such as Bjork. The result is a combination between video art and film, which is quite interesting.

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In his artworks certain themes seem to reappear and develop. By taking inspiration from the natural world, he often presents vaguely formed beings that remind us of our existence, but are different in a weird and sometimes grotesque way. This beings and other nonphysical objects from nature are presented to come to life in his art. The way he sensitively treats the body, as a tool to give birth to this unique imagery, is quite remarkable, producing creatures that are weird and familiar at the same time.

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One of Huang’s videos that I really like and was actually an inspiration for me is The Solipsist. As he describes it, it is a three part psychedelic fantasy short film about otherworldly beings whose minds and bodies converge into one entity. The influence of nature is once again obvious, and as he says, it is both full of possibilities and vaguely threatening.

 

“In the act of earnestly exploring certain themes that reappear in my work, there’s always some sort of return to body imagery that can inevitably turn weird and get under people’s skin.”

Andrew Thomas Huang

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