Zurich: Ugly Publishing, 1981. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's glossy illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"Memories keep floating up out of this magical city.... And I keep trying to get a handle on this abyss, the soulless machine they call 'New York City,' and to articulate my own reactions and perceptions in the composition." Swiss artist and Alien mastermind H.R. Giger’s graphic ode to New York City (and Debbie Harry!). While Giger hadn't traveled to New York until 1977, he had his sights on "the center of the universe" from an early age, creating a painting titled "Dream of New York" in 1958 when he was only 18 years old. The illustrations presented here are a love letter to the city, composed of a series of intricately detailed architectural renderings in his classic "biomechanical" style. Giger met Blondie-frontwoman Debbie Harry at a 1980 reception for his paintings at NYC's Hansen Galleries. Though at the time unfamiliar with the band, Giger went on to design the album cover for Harry’s first solo album KooKoo (reproduced here). Introduction by psychedelic guru and Giger’s close friend, Timothy Leary: "Our primitive, prescientific language contains few words accurate enough to communicate the scary, awesome facts that Giger reveals.... [His] work disturbs us, spooks us because of its enormous evolutionary time-span. It shows us all too clearly, where we came from and where we are going." Illustrated throughout with color plates, black-and-white photos and reproductions; with a list of illustrations, chronology, bibliography, and lists of Giger's theater and film work. Fine, uncommon. Item #2359