Anyone who’s read some of my earlier posts knows I’m a fan of Polish poster designers Joanna Gorska and Jerzy Skakun.
I’m also a HUGE fan of visionary Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Three of his earliest films (Fando & Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain) were released theatrically in Poland for the first time in 2008 (not counting a festival screening five years earlier). To promote the release, someone had the briliiant idea to marry the worlds of Jodorowsky and Gorska-Skakun by commissioning the creative pair to design posters for these enigmatic films. While the artwork is a departure from their minimalist style which I highlighted previously (see post here), this more ‘psychedelic’ approach better matches the trippy mysticism of Jodorowsky’s groundbreaking works. Even the sponsors’ logos on the bottoms of the posters, a ‘necessary evil’ on contemporary Polish theatrical one-sheets, are tastefully represented without distracting or disrupting the overall climate of the artwork.
For the record, the artists also did a minimalist Jodorowsky poster series (and this is probably the only time you’ll ever read the words ‘minimalist’ and ‘Jodorowsky’ in the same sentence) which you can view on their Facebook page, but personally I prefer their more outlandish, larger-than-life counterparts which are like Alejandro the Alchemist himself.
Dear Reader, which do you prefer?