The first great work of literature, the 4000 year old Epic of Gilgamesh, features a zombie apocalypse set in a glittering city. One of the seminal works of old English Literature, 8th Century poem Beowulf, is set in a brutal world populated by screeching monster-hybrids. From the beginning, great fictional horror has been designed to instill fear and reflect our personal, social and cultural anxieties. The best fictional horror takes advantage of the basic fear types: extinction, mutilation, separation, shame and loss of autonomy.

In the construction of horror, place can be as important as character, at times almost becoming a character. Place is used to lure us in and reveal what is hidden: scanning the depths of dark oceans, the boundaries of the universe, haunting our safe homes, invading our personal dreamscapes and infecting our digital landscapes. Over time horror has moved from dark gothic castles to suburban homes. The safer and more banal a place appears, the less likely it is to be so. Wherever anxiety and fear are reflected, horror is sure to find a place.

The artists in The Scary cross and re-cross boundaries. They deconstruct horror and place; invading, cutting, erasing, replicating, reflecting and rebuilding. They turn horror back on itself, reflecting and searching for meaning. Be careful what you look for...what you find might be cryptic, uncanny, unsettling, humorous and even...scary.

J. Tobias Anderson

Bodega Bay School
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Bodega Bay School
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Bodega Bay School

Single Channel Digital Video, Colour, Stereo

Duration: 5 minutes 33 seconds

2004

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Martin Arnold

Haunted House
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Haunted House
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Haunted House

Single Channel Digital Video, Colour with Sound

Duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds

2011

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Martin Arnold

Charon / Hydra / Nix
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nix,charon,hydra
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Single channel videos looped
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Graham Gussin

Dark Light Piece (Night of the Living Dead) Luminosity Wave Form
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Dark Light Piece
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Stranger Visions: Sample 3 (Brooklyn)

2012-2013

Sculptural Mask: 3-D Printing using Coloured Resins

8” x 6” x 6” (mask) 9” x 12” x 3” (box)

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Stranger Visions: Sample 1 (East Hampton)

2012- 2013

Sculptural Mask: 3-D Printing using Coloured Resins

8” x 6” x 6” (mask) 9” x 12” x 3” (box)

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Karen Lam / Lauren Marsden

The Pit: A Study in Horror
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The Pit
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The Pit: A Study in Horror

Single Channel Digital Video, Colour with Sound

Duration 6:22 minutes

2013

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Jennifer & Kevin McCoy

Horror Chase
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Horror Chase
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Me

2002

Single Channel Digital Video, Mac Mini, Colour with Sound

Duration: infinite

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