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Birth Machine Baby

H. R. Giger and Mark Prent | Curated by Harmony Korine

November 5–December 21, 2019
Park & 75, New York

Installation view Artwork, front to back: © Mark Prent; © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, front to back: © Mark Prent; © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, front to back: © Mark Prent; © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, front to back: © Mark Prent; © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Mark Prent; © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Mark Prent; © H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

H. R. Giger, Li I, 2009 Aluminum, 14 × 18 ⅞ × 8 ¾ inches (35.5 × 48 × 22 cm), foundry proof© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Li I, 2009

Aluminum, 14 × 18 ⅞ × 8 ¾ inches (35.5 × 48 × 22 cm), foundry proof
© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Nubian Queen (Carmen), 2002 Cast aluminum, 71 ¾ × 13 ¼ × 25 inches (182.2 × 33.7 × 63.5 cm), edition of 23 + 6 AP© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Nubian Queen (Carmen), 2002

Cast aluminum, 71 ¾ × 13 ¼ × 25 inches (182.2 × 33.7 × 63.5 cm), edition of 23 + 6 AP
© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Nubian Queen (Carmen), 2002 (detail) Cast aluminum, 71 ¾ × 13 ¼ × 25 inches (182.2 × 33.7 × 63.5 cm), edition of 23 + 6 AP© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Nubian Queen (Carmen), 2002 (detail)

Cast aluminum, 71 ¾ × 13 ¼ × 25 inches (182.2 × 33.7 × 63.5 cm), edition of 23 + 6 AP
© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Female Head, 1965–98 Aluminum, 20 ⅜ × 6 ⅝ × 11 ⅞ inches (51.8 × 16.8 × 30.2 cm), edition of 23© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Female Head, 1965–98

Aluminum, 20 ⅜ × 6 ⅝ × 11 ⅞ inches (51.8 × 16.8 × 30.2 cm), edition of 23
© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Guardian Angel, 2002 Aluminum, 15 ¾ × 11 ¼ × 9 ⅝ inches (40 × 28.4 × 24.4 cm), edition of 500© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Guardian Angel, 2002

Aluminum, 15 ¾ × 11 ¼ × 9 ⅝ inches (40 × 28.4 × 24.4 cm), edition of 500
© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Birth Machine Baby, 1998 Aluminum, 20 ⅞ × 8 ¾ × 8 ¾ inches (53 × 22 × 22 cm), edition of 23 + 5 AP© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

H. R. Giger, Birth Machine Baby, 1998

Aluminum, 20 ⅞ × 8 ¾ × 8 ¾ inches (53 × 22 × 22 cm), edition of 23 + 5 AP
© H. R. Giger Museum, Gruyères, Switzerland. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Drosophila, 1984 Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 108 × 192 × 45 ⅛ inches (274.3 × 487.7 × 114.6 cm)© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Drosophila, 1984

Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 108 × 192 × 45 ⅛ inches (274.3 × 487.7 × 114.6 cm)
© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Drosophila, 1984 (detail) Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 108 × 192 × 45 ⅛ inches (274.3 × 487.7 × 114.6 cm)© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Drosophila, 1984 (detail)

Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 108 × 192 × 45 ⅛ inches (274.3 × 487.7 × 114.6 cm)
© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Trust Me, I Trust You, 1990 Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 109 × 68 × 16 ¼ inches (276.9 × 172.7 × 41.3 cm)© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Trust Me, I Trust You, 1990

Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 109 × 68 × 16 ¼ inches (276.9 × 172.7 × 41.3 cm)
© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Trust Me, I Trust You, 1990 (detail) Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 109 × 68 × 16 ¼ inches (276.9 × 172.7 × 41.3 cm)© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Trust Me, I Trust You, 1990 (detail)

Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 109 × 68 × 16 ¼ inches (276.9 × 172.7 × 41.3 cm)
© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Icthymorph Redux, 2017 Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 37 × 19 × 11 inches (94 × 48.3 × 27.9 cm)© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

Mark Prent, Icthymorph Redux, 2017

Mixed media, polyester resin, and fiberglass, 37 × 19 × 11 inches (94 × 48.3 × 27.9 cm)
© Mark Prent. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

H. R. Giger and Mark Prent are both masters of navigating beauty, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. I've admired their works for a while; they both defy genre in a way that is difficult to articulate. They create and inhabit their own worlds, populating them with classic nods to both film and sculptural tradition. Giger and Prent’s works are dense and powerful, filled with shocking characters and strange magic. The time seems right to see these two great artists together in one room.
—Harmony Korine

Gagosian is pleased to present Birth Machine Baby, an exhibition curated by Harmony Korine, featuring works by H. R. Giger and Mark Prent.

In this exhibition, Korine pairs eerie humanoid figures by Giger—whose name has been cemented in Hollywood history for his visual effects and design work on the Alien film franchise—with sculptures by Prent, a Canadian artist whose grotesque and provocative depictions of the human body were greatly admired by Giger himself. Despite the divergences in Giger’s and Prent’s chosen styles and mediums, both artists’ interests lie in coaxing out latent fantastical forms from the contours of the human body.

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Jerry Schatzberg, Scarecrow, 1973 (still). Photo: courtesy Jerry Schatzberg Archive

Screening and Talk

Harmony Korine
Jerry Schatzberg

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 7:15–9:45pm
Metrograph, New York
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The gallery will present Jerry Schatzberg’s 1973 feature film Scarecrow, starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, at Metrograph, New York. Following the screening, Schatzberg and Harmony Korine will discuss the film, their influences, and the role of humor in their varied practices, in a conversation moderated by Carlos Valladares. Valladares recently wrote on Schatzberg’s prolific career in the Winter 2019 issue of the Gagosian Quarterly and Korine is curating an exhibition of works by H. R. Giger and Mark Prent opening at Gagosian, Park & 75, New York, on November 5.  The event has reached capacity.

Jerry Schatzberg, Scarecrow, 1973 (still). Photo: courtesy Jerry Schatzberg Archive