MORBID CURIOSITY BY BLAKE NEUBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blake Neubert is an American painter, illustrator and writer now based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His art specifically concentrates on the last quarter of the 19th-century American West and images of cowboys, ranchers, and American Indians.

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Although he began his career painting relatively standard Western Americana, he has recently blazed a bold new trail into more strange and surreal work. On his Instagram page and YouTube channel, you’ll find multiple videos of what is quickly becoming a signature style: he paints a figure, typically something you’d expect to see in your great aunt’s collection of kitschy thrift store art, then to finish the piece, slides a razor blade across the top layer of paint to reveal a hidden perversity beneath.

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The finished work is a morbid curiosity—you just can’t help but stare and wonder why exactly Superman has terrifying bloodshot eyes or how the blonde beauty got a ball gag in her mouth.

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DISTURBING SCHOOLGIRLS BY KAZUHIRO HORI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist Kazuhiro Hori combines soft, cuddly and adorable with depressing and morbid. His primary subject, highschool age girls, appear dejected and even mutilated by some unseen force behind this candy-filled facade.

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Slight and anonymous, they are almost helpless in this abnormal environment. It’s a strange juxtaposition because in Japan the image of the schoolgirl has become synonymous with innocence and purity, and adheres to the Japanese obsession with ‘cute’, something firmly rooted in local culture.

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