If demons are mutable and their existence dependent on context, what would a current-day demon look like? Taking this notion, Swiss artist, poet and musician Anton Bruhin (b. 1949) rehabilitates the demon with 170-odd pictures in a postmodern portrayal in this hardcover volume. Playing on patterns and archetypes innate to the human mind, Bruhin reveals a profound sense of the nature of suggestion. His pixelated creatures look hard-drinking, capable of irony, often jovial and delighting in flaunting their peculiarities. They may be misshapen, grinning, belching or besprinkled with strange shades of yellow slime—all merely toying with the terror they’re expected to personify. Bouncing back and forth between the pages, these demons’ facial expressions seem to wondrously epitomize states between gentle otherworldliness, urges to smirk and a spooky furiousness. Ultimately, they seem to know the viewer is their confederate in mischievousness. Features an essay by Swiss author Michel Mettler.
7 x 9 in. / 368 pp / 171 color
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