Mixing two totally disparate elements can produce unnerving results that seem to defy nature itself, though at least Kelly Osbourne does seem to operate well within the bounds of the human digestive system. Seeing beauty in the chimeric beast: Dan Hillier.
Inspired chiefly by his own Far-Eastern travels as well as 20thC surrealist art, Londoner Hillier creates Lovecraftian madness by scouring old encyclopedias for Victorian-era etchings, then hybridizing them with animals, a gambit that clearly owes a debt to a third inspiration, Labra-doodling. "Altered Engravings" (on wood, digital/screenprint, or even tees), include a smartly dressed Mother, Father, and Daughter with legs, hand, and torso respectively replaced with octopus tentacles, the top-hatted snake-bottomed Serpentine, and a large mandible'd bug with a carapace formed of a skull and a two-faced woman, named "Beetle" -- though to be fair, Yoko never disguised how bad she sucked. Meanwhile, Hillier's "Blue Paintings" and "Ink Drawings" merge the arboreal with the ghostly; "Ladies" presents fantasy women of yore both backed and overprinted with the era's very classy wallpaper, and a quartet of "Skull Plates" place human remains atop ornate dinner trays (finally, "Bone China" that doesn't disappoint).
Hillier has just announced he's flaunting new works at a one-man Wilton Music Hall show/party on March 11th, with DJ sets, live music from The Destroyers, and lashings of free booze, pie, and mash -- if you don't think that's the perfect combination, then you don't know Jack.