Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity’

“Rihanna – Black Like Me” (Digital Screencap, 2010, with Robyn Kenealy)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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“Rest at pale evening… A tall slim tree… Night coming tenderly, black like me.” (Langston Hughes, Dream Variations)

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Unedited screencaps from the game “Rihanna Makeover” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming sites for young girls. Black Like Me is a collaboration with Robyn Kenealy, an artist currently working on a Roddy McDowall biography comic and a Battlestar Galactica fanfiction novel.

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“Rihanna – Dark Like Me” (Digital Screencap, 2010, with Robyn Kenealy)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

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“To fling my arms wide in some place of the sun, to whirl and to dance till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening beneath a tall tree, while night comes on gently, dark like me —” (Langston Hughes, Dream Variations)

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Unedited screencaps from the game “Rihanna Makeover” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming sites for young girls. Dark Like Me is a collaboration with Robyn Kenealy, an artist currently working on a Roddy McDowall biography comic and a Battlestar Galactica fanfiction novel.

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“Britney Spears – Born To Make You Happy” (Animated GIF, 2010)

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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Animated GIFs made out of unedited screencaps from the game “Britney Spears Date Dressup” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming websites for young girls, dominated by dress-up, cooking and decorating games.

“The construction of children’s gendered identities cannot be fully understood without acknowledging  how the dominant discourses of femininity and masculinity are heteronormalized in children’s everyday lives. That is, through the process of gendering children are constructed as heterosexual beings.” (Robinson, in Kerry Robinson and Cristyn Davies, Tomboys and Sissy Girls: Young Girls’ Negotiations of Femininity and Masculinity)

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“Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U” (Animated GIF, 2010)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

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One of two works exploring Britney Spears shaving her head and its relation to gender. Animated GIF made out of unedited screencaps from the game “Britney Spears Makeover” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming websites for young girls, dominated by dress-up, cooking and decorating games.

“I suspect that the day Britney Spears shaved her own hair off represented a kind of Sartrean or Socratic argument (rather than, say, a nervous breakdown). She was, in effect, by the use of appearance, shrewdly de-mythifying beauty. The hair lies on the floor, “inexplicably faded” (Sartre), and the conventional notion of femininity likewise.” (Andy Martin, The Phenomenology of Ugly)

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“Paris Hilton – After The Bath” (Digital Paintings, 2010)

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

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Part of a series of works superimposing still images from Paris Hilton’s ‘bath’ video (which has commonly been labelled a ‘sex tape’) over top of classical paintings of women bathing. See more from this series.

“Historically, the bending-bather pose goes as far back as Raphael’s tapestry cartoon. As a bodily trope, the bending single female bather traces it ancestry to Rembrandt’s A Woman Bathing in a Stream of 1654-1656 in the Nation Gallery, London… It may owe its longevity as a pose at least in part to the challenge it presents to the skill of the artist in terms of foreshortening. The bending-bather pose is picked up in the nineteenth century, outdoors, in the bending-bather figure of in Manet’s Le Bain/Dejeuner. And in the Twentieth [Century], it is spectacularly reworked by Picasso in his endlessly inventive series of grotesque variations on Le Dejeuner, which to me, at least, owe as much to Degas’ bathers as to Manet’s. Yet, while such tracing of the motif tells us about its long-term endurance and the challenge it offers to succeeding generations of artists (head low, long expanse of back, foreshortened view), it does not help us with the more difficult task of interpreting this image, of accounting for its vividness and seductive complexity…” (LInda Nochlin, Bathers, Bodies, Beauty: The Visceral Eye)

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“Paris Hilton – The Bather” (Digital Paintings, 2011)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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Part of a series of works superimposing still images from Paris Hilton’s ‘bath’ video (which has commonly been labelled a ‘sex tape’) over top of classical paintings of women bathing. See more from this series. Many thanks to Meghan Dougherty for featuring these works on Tumblr.

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