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Happy Birthday Cindy Sherman!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART VIDEOS, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , on January 19, 2011 by echostains

Today is the birthday of conceptual portrait photographer and film director Cindy Sherman.  Sherman was born in New Jersey USA 1954.   She received the MacArthur award in 1995 and currently lives and works in New York.  She studied visual art at Buffalo State college, abandoning  painting for photography.

“I didn’t want to make ‘high’ art, I had no interest in using paint, I wanted to find something that anyone could relate to without knowing about contemporary art. I wasn’t thinking in terms of precious prints or archival quality; I didn’t want the work to seem like a commodity.”

Although a lot Sherman’s work involve the use of stereotyping women in advertising, media  and film, she does not stereotype her work,  she does say this about her work:-

“The work is what it is and hopefully it’s seen as feminist work, or feminist-advised work, but I’m not going to go around espousing theoretical bullshit about feminist stuff.”

 
 
 
 
 

Cindy Sherman Clowns series

 

 Her work involves taking series of photographs of herself in costume.  For example in 2003 her series consisted of photographs of herself as clown.  In 1981 an early series ‘Centrefolds’ considered women’s roles in film magazine and television;-

“In content I wanted a man opening up the magazine suddenly look at it with an expectation of something lascivious and then feel like the violator that they would be. Looking at this woman who is perhaps a victim. I didn’t think of them as victims at the time… But I suppose… Obviously I’m trying to make someone feel bad for having a certain expectation”

 
 
 
 
 

Centrefolds

 

Sherman’s narrative work always has dark or sad undertones within it.  She always maintains that her photographs are not self portraits, even though the pictures are all of herself.  Sherman always plays a ‘type’ – a fictional type;- a housewife, socialite, – B movie actresses.  She  both hides herself within her work, yet reveals herself at the same time.  It is a game of hide and seek where she sometimes disappears:-

“I feel I’m anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren’t self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear”

 
 
 
 
 

Cindy Sherman 1990

 

Her work is both thought-provoking and evocative.  As well as directing and modeling, she has also collaborated on advertisements with designer Marc Jacobs and designed album covers for the band American Babes in Toyland.

If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already.. the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of.”  

Cindy Sherman

Information about Sherman and her work can be found here and on her website here

images are from here, here here and here

video by innertubevideo with thanks!

Also born on this day Paul Cezannne – read my post here

Don’t forget the Hepworth Echo Poetry challenge which is still going strong over on my Bookstains!

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Valley of the Broken Dolls

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by echostains

GEM (truly outrageous) still beloved by my daughter

Inspired by artistatthexit0′ s latest post about the dolls he has found in the river, made me think about artist’s who use the doll in their work.  Of course Hans Bellmer and Cindy Sherman were the first artists I thought of.  Surrealist photographer Hans Bellmer (b.Germany 1902 – 1950)  used broken doll parts in a fetish like fashion to invoke disturbing ideas.

Bellmer doll

He  first sent these to the  Nazi party as a protest against their obsession with the perfect body.   He posed the dolls in mutilated, unaturalistic ways.  There’s a great article about this artist here.  The film below Le Jeux de la Poupee featuring Bellmer’s work is not for the faint hearted.  This film was made in 1940s, but I don’t know who the music is by.

Cindy Sherman (b.1954 New York USA) uses self photography to address issues about the roles of women in the world, and as artists.  This short film sees Sherman as a cutout doll with cut out clothes.  I think it ‘s such a clever film, making Sherman completely 2D – surreal as she gets to choose the outfits she will wear instead of them being chosen for her!

Here’s an artist who works with dolls and altered book.  Karen Hatzigeorgiou puts her dolls into her books literally!  All her dolls are found objects and she sells the finished work.

assemblage found arm

Bellmer doll from here Cindy Sherman video from “artpopulus and Bellmer video from artpopulus

assemblage with found object