Cyriak Harris. Just strange

Once more we have to face con­ser­vat­ive United Kingdom and wacky Britons. Just Cyriak (yes, that’s a person’s name) is fam­ous for his weird but appeal­ing humor and unique sense of the world. In some places he’s bet­ter known as Mutated Monty (his works are really sim­ilar to Monty Python anim­a­tion). Mutants, space, ali­ens, cows, destruc­tion, deform­a­tion, trans­form­a­tion, her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other not­ab­il­it­ies jumble in animator’s head (or sub­con­scious­ness, or hell knows where) and turn into a psy­che­delic cock­tail with a cherry of lun­acy for a pleas­ure or dis­gust. And again I wouldn’t be myself at all if I wouldn’t provide you with a delight to see this.

Those who are inter­ested in freaky yet artistic inter­net humor and spend more time surf­ing the Internet than sleep­ing, prob­ably saw at least one work of this anim­ator. Once I was also aston­ished as I heard that most of the so called “gif” anim­a­tions I’ve seen and admired belong to a single per­son. Later on I real­ized I was just blind not noti­cing this at first sight.

Illustration and com­ics make a smal­ler part of Cyriak’s artistic work. From now on I’ll share some draw­ings of his with you and later I’ll present Cyriak’s anim­a­tion which made him famous.

The main fig­ures of the com­ics are ante­cedents con­sidered by Great Britain, TV stars, politi­cians and other per­sons usu­ally seen on magazine cov­ers or news­pa­pers’ cov­er­age. This is like a rebel of the young British gen­er­a­tion against the con­ser­vat­ive 1960s think­ing which is typ­ical to their par­ents and grand­par­ents. As 1960s are gone, those per­sons are per­ceived as old and tooth­less and that’s why they’re seen as quite hilarious.

In fact, this war of gen­er­a­tions ceased to exist a long time ago, just after 60s when British con­ser­vat­ism star­ted to be a laugh­ing­stock for the young. What we see now may be com­pared to the last dance on almost rot­ten bones. It’s kind of creepy when you start ima­gin­ing what’s next. Even today I often get con­fused whether to laugh or not after see­ing some­thing new from the royal island. However, I love the fact that it is able to twist my mind every time.

Another field which Cyriak kicks is pop cul­ture and all celebrit­ies. On the other hand, the Internet also no longer belongs to the under­ground as it used to some time ago. Cyriak him­self was already presen­ted by BBC as one more tal­ent dis­covered on the Internet and he also worked with Coca-Cola’s advertisements.

More works may be found here and here.

Something sim­ilar.

Aleksandr Pasevin
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Aleksandr Pasevin
Aleksandr Pasevin is Art Pit’s strategist and designer, responsible for organization’s creative solutions. Aleksandr is also actively interested in new technologies, their connection with creativity and usage in cultural organizations. Aleksandr dislikes long discussions and considerations, and he mostly expresses his opinion quickly about whet... Read further >
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