space cadet II


"Ryder, Ryder, you're needed back at dump HQ, over."

This painting and Space Cadet were loosely inspired by Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires, one of the most exquisitely art-directed films ever made. Perfectly framed shots combine high opera poses with the clarity of Steranko panels. The camera makes effortless, angular glides past elegant instrument banks and down the vaults and corridors of Bava's soundstage spaceship. The leather S&M catsuits with extravagant wing collars and asymmetrical zippers worn by the male model spacemen and zaftig spacewomen occupy a dimension beyond pulp. As ludicrous as the dialogue gets you can't take your eyes off those costumes.