Tool have posted the following link to an old collaborator, Chet Zar’s, artwork on Twitter. The timing is interesting, as Maynard James Keenan recently announced the new Tool album release date is August 30th, leading to fans on the Tool Reddit speculating that Zar may be designing the new album artwork. Tool recently posted a new newsletter, and it had disappointing news.
The link Tool posted leads to a new exhibition description for Zar, along with photos:
The Administrators is Chet Zar’s debut Australian solo exhibition of new oil paintings.
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OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, July 13, from 6–9 pm. Free entry.
This exhibition will be on view from July 14 to August 4, concurrently with Dark Art 2019.
This show depicts a new class of beings in Dy5topia, the alternate dystopian reality that serves as the setting for Zar’s work: the faceless bureaucrats who help run things behind the scenes. Zar imagines a shadowy underground maze of rusty pipes and old electronic control panels, as in a kind of demented boiler room, from where they do their bidding for those in charge.
Zar notes that it’s easy to fall into the trap of always trying to come up with something new for its own sake. While Zar tries to create unique and new characters when he paints, he believes that sometimes the most obvious things to paint are just as worthwhile. For this show, he wanted to get back to his roots and explore them again with all of the techniques he has learned over the years. He wanted to go back to the aesthetic that inspired him when he first started painting: the dirt, the grime, the rust and the ugliness of a postmodern world in decay. He took inspiration from some of his earliest influences—horror comics, Giger, the Quay Brothers and David Lynch—as well as his early work on videos for the band Tool.
— TOOL effing TOOL (@Tool) July 2, 2019