Art Imitates Horror

The Alien franchise got its distinctive aesthetic from a Swiss surrealist artist, H.R. Giger. His paintings gave the alien its drooling, multijawed, angry-lobster look, and Giger later won an Academy Award for his work on visual effects. Art inspired a scary movie. Now scary movies are inspiring art at the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery. The possibilities are practically infinite, and not only because the gallery is taking submissions from any South Florida artist capable of framing his or her piece and dropping it off. How about a portrait of Mrs. Bates from Psycho done like Whistler's Mother? Or a Warhol print of Jason in his hockey mask? You'll have to show up to find out how artists have spun this fun and fecund theme.

"Creep Cinema" runs until November 11 at Tate's Comics' Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery (4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill). Admission is free. Call 954-748-0181, or visit
Sat., Oct. 1, 6 p.m.; Oct. 2-Nov. 12, 2011

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