Your Aesthetic Tastes

What kind of art tickles your senses the most?

Visually, I have always loved the look of Lovecraftian themed artwork, despite not really being able to appreciate Lovecraft's literary work. I also like abstract artwork with heavily saturated colors.

I personally have minimal appreciation for the aesthetics of literature, and prefer stories that get right to the point of what's going on in the plot, as opposed to trying to describe every little detail about the surrounding scene. There are few works of poetry I have taken any interest in as well.

Aside from my heavy metal tastes, musically I really like ambient music that creates a sense of horror or dread. There's many times I haven't been able to follow a movie because I was more focused on the intense feelings the music was trying to convey.

I don't code enough to really appreciate the aesthetics of it, but I am really interested in what code others find to be beautiful in one way or another.

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I'm just going to give some examples, because a comprehensive list would be too long and boring and shit.

Visual arts:

Rembrandt: The best painter in history, IMO.
M.C. Escher & Salvador Dalí: Do I need to explain?

Music:

Honestly, I listen almost everything, from heavy metal to classical to house to mambo. I love music. Curiously enough, I don't like listening to music when I play Doom (yeah, I'm weird, I know).

Architecture:

Gaudí: If you have seen his work, you should know what I'm talking about.
Luis Barragán: Google it and judge by yourselves.

I must insist that this is an incomplete list, but this should be enough to show my point of view.

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Visually...

Gothic architecture, steampunk, Victorian-era paintings, H.R. Giger, stuff like that. Basically if it has a dark or Victorian-style aethetic, I generally like it. Kevin Eslinger is a good example. I also really like Anne Stokes. Actually, I guess I tend to dress in a sort of dark, gothic, Victorian sort of way, too.

Musically...

Similar to my visual aesthetic preferences overall. Mostly I listen to industrial, EBM, and darkwave music. Trance also still tickles my fancy, though I'm picky about it. I also tend to go through phases where I get really into heavy metal, both the older Judas Priest style metal, as well as newer symphonic metal.

Coding...

Lisp for life, yo. Relevant

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Maybe this stems from my love of Doom maps, or maybe my love of Doom maps stems from this: architecturally, I'm in love with Brutalism (on phone so can't link).


I just a adore chunky and imposing designs.

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Visual:

Most anything machine, especially either rusty or raw (ie open, with the internal 'guts' showing). More industrial or diesel than steampunk. HG Giger style stuff is kinda cool, too. I do have some ties to comic books as well.

Music:

Electronic, old big band swing, and the stuff that's in between (Electro Swing). Plus a bunch of other stuff.

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Giger and David Lynch go hand in hand. I don't know why, they just do. Giger brings nightmares to the surface and David Lynch's films are essentially dreams. So I have an intense attraction to nightmarish and surreal images. Bosch is worth mentioning. Dali is the master.

I also have a preoccupation with the human form and in particular I'm very drawn to the grotesque distortions of shape that one finds in beautiful morbidly obese women, who have a sculptural, goddess-like (think Venus/fetish statues) appearance. The way humans can be twisted into the shapes we typically call demons is very striking, especially in older biblical paintings.

Music can be just as enjoyable in its busiest forms (death metal, jazz, avant garde neo-classical) and it most minimal (ambient, drone, noise). Music ought to be musically focused; lyrics are mostly there for accompaniment and rarely offer anything insightful, although they can be very humorous.

Architecture is fascinating in its gothic forms but there is something I really like about blob architecture. Look it up. That will be the future; organic buildings that resemble biology. Futurism is very alluring to me and I am often swimming through some futuristic environment internally.

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GoatLord said:

Architecture is fascinating in its gothic forms but there is something I really like about blob architecture. Look it up. That will be the future; organic buildings that resemble biology. Futurism is very alluring to me and I am often swimming through some futuristic environment internally.


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Visual: Leonardo da Vincis fine detail anatomical drawings, Francis Bacon's figure of meat painting, gigers work generally.

Design: I like functional and clean design like wassily chair or products of porsche design group and italian design like in sunglasses of persol 714 foldable model.

Music:
I'm gonna give examples: J.S Bach and especially his music for cembalo like goldberg variations, Pachelbels canon D in major , Schuberts Ave maria, Mozarts piano sonata 14

I also like modern music like retrowave synth and vocal music, electro swing, heavy metal etc and little older like beach boys,beatles, creedence clearwater revival, Doors etc.

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Just like a number of people before me, I like Giger's work.

If you like Giger you may also like Zdzislaw Beksinski - a Polish artist. Just type in google and click images, won't take long and you may find some really cool paintings.

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Patrol1985 said:0
If you like Giger you may also like Zdzislaw Beksinski - a Polish artist. Just type in google and click images, won't take long and you may find some really cool paintings.

Well now, it looks like I have another artist whose work I like.

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Zed, thanks for the recommendation. I also forgot about Zdzislaw Beksinski, but really only because I can never spell his damn name. His work is stunning.

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Art...

I'll really take anything from anyone as long as I think it looks good. Generally surrealism I find to be quite ticklish. Rembrandt has a fine collection of works, as well. Touching on more recent artists, I've always been a fan of the paleo art created by Luis V. Rey (Who I believe had a hand with Carnivores Cityscape). And of course, Giger. Art Deco too.

Music...

Again, I'll take orchestra, metal, country, electronic, pop, rap, and hell, I'll take some dubstep (Though I'm picky with that one). My MP3 is also packed with video game and film scores. John Williams is a classic and a favorite. Alan Silvestri is also well loved. I alos more or less binge-listened to everything My Chemical Romance.

Architecture...

Maybe because Batman, or Metropolis, of the fucking Gatsby himself, but I love Art Deco. Whenever I try to write something that I never finish, I try to describe something with that kind of architecture going on, if that makes sense. Gothic is also very interesting to look at. Growing up in the northern cheese state, Milwaukee has a surplus of chapels and churches of varying designs, much less much of the older parts of the city themselves. The city fits a definition of Scenery Porn I'd think and maybe even TV Trope's bizaarchitecture, if only because of several clashing styles all thrown together.

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