N.Y. City IX Jahreswechsel (1980-1981?) (work 459) references Illustration by David Smith from
Radio Times 23rd February - 1st March 1980 and Radio Times for the Billy Smart's Easter Circus from 27th March 1978

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N.Y. City IX Jahreswechsel (1980-1981?) (work 459)
I suppose Jahreswechsel means New Year.
a. References Radio Times illustration for "Free To Choose"

a.i) 14th of Match 2017, looking through the images from the Radio Times at Radio Times Collectors on Facebook being posted, I suddenly see an illustration for the TV program Free To Choose from the issue 23rd february-1st March 1980 and notice that Giger would probably have taken notice of these images with distorted faces and used it as a basis for one of his paintings. 



Illustration by David Smith from 
23rd february-1st March 1980 
edition of Radio Times 
(source: Radio Times Collectors https://www.facebook.com)
a. ii) Looking for something from around that time, I notice similarities in the structure of  Giger's N.Y. City IX Jahreswechsel, and my mind starts to unravel the connections further.

Radio Times image and N.Y. City IX
a. iii) A starting point is that the left character's mouth has been turned into a pair of buttocks with and a downward curving bar with handles on both sides beneath it. However the Giger painting image is low resolution and trying to make out what the details are isn't entirely easy. With that, one can see where the nose would be and the right eye has been transformed into something else, perhaps a fat semi humanoid thing with a pig like body and legs


Radio Times image and N.Y. City IX
a. iv) The right face of the image also becomes transformed, the crease on the right of the mouth becomes a downward ribbed phallic form. The nose becomes a phallic form with a line of ribbing along it. Half of one of the square eye frames is evident. The eye has been turned into a face with a nail going through it.

Radio Times image and N.Y. City IX


b)  References Radio Times illustration for the Billy Smart's Easter Circus

b.i) I also take a look at the design in the Radio Times for the Billy Smart's Easter Circus from March  27th 1978 when Giger was in England, and this suddenly suggests to me that he included this in his painting in a way that would no be easy to work out since he integrated it into his painting to the point of almost burying it.

b.ii) Perhaps a suggestion of small circles connecting the large central ring can almost be seen. Perhaps the acrob with the two hoops in the bottom left corner of the illustration has turned into a toilet seat with the flush tank stretched at its top to the right. 

b.iii) Perhaps in Giger's painting, a trace of the left hand of the acrobat in the centre of the picture balancing on the trapeze swing, with a trace of the hoop can still be seen. Giger has not given us much left to work with



detail from N.Y. City IX Jahreswechsel (1980-1981?) and Radio Times illustration


Radio Times illustration for the Billy Smart's Easter Circus on 27th March 1978 from Radio Times Collectors on Facebook

Radio Times page for 27th March 1978 from Radio Times Collectors on Facebook



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