Dark Star Offers A Melancholy, Intimate Portrait Of Artist H.R. Giger

There’s a sadness running through Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World — a portrait of the Swiss artist whose most famous creation was the title character in Alien. It comes from knowing that its subject died last year. But the mood suits this appreciative study of a man who counted fear and death among his muses. » 5/08/15 8:00am 5/08/15 8:00am

This brilliant video essay looks at Inception and the Narrative Illusion

Christopher Nolan's Inception is a delightfully surreal look at merging the worlds of dream and reality - but this video essay from Brows Held High takes a deep dive into Nolan's surrealist influences as well as Inception's flirtation with the greatest filmmaking illusion of all: the Narrative. » 10/24/14 2:58pm 10/24/14 2:58pm

Insanely detailed paintings of kaiju fighting in historical battles will fill you with awe

The line-drawn and watercolor illustrations created by Mu Pan demand careful study. The Brooklyn-based artist blends history, pop culture, and folk art into astonishingly detailed scenes that are grand when drunk in all at once, but contain little surprises on closer inspection. » 2/03/13 7:00am 2/03/13 7:00am

Watch a trippy, alien-filled animation by the director of Yellow Submarine

After finishing his work on the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, director and animator George Dunning made a surreal science fiction short, 1970's Moon Rock. Turn on this 10-minute cartoon in which an astronaut encounters the strange creatures of a bizarre alien world, and let yourself get swept up in its peculiar… » 1/06/13 10:30am 1/06/13 10:30am

How did we fake photos before Photoshop?

Long before the invention of Photoshop, artists were creating trippy and groovy fake images — and a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows how. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop" opens at the Museum on Oct. 11, and the New York Daily News has a collection of some of the most surreal… » 9/12/12 11:40am 9/12/12 11:40am

What did Salvador Dalí's Alice in Wonderland look like?

In 1969, the Random House Book of the Month Club gave readers the opportunity to purchase a copy of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. And yes, the Mad Hatter's tea party does include a picture of a melted clock. » 11/20/11 7:05am 11/20/11 7:05am

"Down the Rabbit Hole" "The Pool of Tears" …