Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Unique Ontology of Violence and Disaster

Photo: drained swimming pool, Barr Wood, Scotland.

I knew it was coming, but it is with a heavy heart that I must report that JG Ballard has died.

I would make some kind of tribute, but I've already been doing so for years:

  • This gallery has a four-part adaptation of a "novel" which Ballard originally planned to publish on billboards.
  • This is an unabridged adaptation of "Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan" from his greatest and most difficult novel, The Atrocity Exhibition.
  • This is an adaptation of "You and Me and the Continuum", also unabridged, also from The Atrocity Exhibition.
  • My ugly tour bus photos seem "Ballardian" in a way. Certainly these ones.

Photo: apartment building fire, Harbin, China.

I can only think of one or two other artists who have had such an influence on how I view the world, for better or for worse. I'm very sad he died.

Photo: abandoned rocket test platform, San Jose, California.


z7q2 said...

You, and only you, introduced me to this man's work. I genuinely appreciate it, and I join you in the sad. Beautiful pictures.

puck said...

His ability to glean beauty from, not merely impose it upon, violence & disaster, is one of the reasons I love his work.
Goodbye J.G.

dguzman said...

Sorry to hear it, PSP. My condolences.

Anonymous said...

Certainly few, if any writers, have left as many visionary fragments in my memory. I always see pictures when I think of Ballard, so it makes a lot of sense that this would be a writer you would get a lot from.