The Travels of Bad: The Work of Zander Blom

10Mar10

The Decision: Fuck Europe and the Disease of Civilization

The Travels of Bad is a multi-media extravaganza by South African artist Zander Blom:

The show documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fuelled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.”

The result is a project that was two years in the making; eventually comprising a 48-page mini-novella, 17 photographic works, a 17-track album soundtrack and a selection of sculptures and merchandise. It’s an epic work in which Blom manages to achieve the seemingly impossible, effortlessly blending irreverent humor with a grand narrative.

It seems that a heavy metal rock god is a suitable alter-ego for Blom, known for both skillfully wooing and undermining the art establishment.This work is no exception, and Blom looks critically at the influence that exotic cultures and their artifacts have had on the avant-garde.

Ultimately though this isn’t a work that needs to be analyzed too hard. It’s a real pleasure just to look at these works and appreciate the skill and confidence that went into them. Enjoy!

Images via the Rooke Gallery and BizCommunity.

The Journey: Across the Seas of Death, Peril and Black Metal

Arrival in Paradise: The Shore of Promise

First Glimpse of Paradise: Magical Alternate Universe, Tasty Jungle Beast World

Rent a Bungalow-flat in Paradise: Prince of the Neon Philharmonic Beneficial Wilderness

Encounter on the Road: The Savage Death Master and the Performing Six Legged Albino Crocodile

Adventures on Rainbow Pussy Mountain

Settle Down in Paradise: The Shy Bride, Laundry Maid, Exotic Beauty, Frightened Teenager, Lap Dancer, Check-out Girl

Deeper into Paradise: Tropical Storm and a Swamp of Vinyl Eyes

Up River: Enter the Hated Domain

Paradise Detour: A Killing in the Clearing

Witchcraft Castle Satan Foundation: Jesus Acid Crack Dealers and the Day-glow Crucifix

Doomed Prince: Wasted, Master of Insanity

Mosquitoes of Deathness: Terribly Noble, Manipulative, Blood Addict, Monsters on a Rampage

Menace Approaching: Thrashing Around in Pain

Death by Syphilis x Mosquito Bytes x Tuberculosis x Broken, Mutilated Infected Leg x Savage Booze x Stupidity

Cry Me a River: Artist's Grave in Paradise

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