Every face on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood covers 1995-2008

McKewen, Daniel (2012) Every face on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood covers 1995-2008. [Visual Artwork]

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‘Every face on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood covers 1995-2008’ renders an ethnographic-like study of Hollywood celebrity as a cinematic experience. Viewers are presented with constantly mutating portraits that violently twist and shear into other faces, while an immersive soundscape echoes the turbulent painterly surface. Through technical processes of scaling, looping and image morphing; the work explores a positive affectual response to the seductive power of celebrity imagery. Conceptually, given Vanity Fair magazine’s prestigious stature, the work also performs an ethnographic-mapping of the popularity of Hollywood stars over time, while at the same time creating in-between, ‘mutant’ versions of their visages. The installation explores the potential for fan-based responses to pop culture to lead to artworks that enable a more critical response to the subjective and intersubjective dynamics of celebrity portraiture. Questions are raised about how these cultural forms impact pop culture fans, and their role in the mapping of culture and social experience.

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ID Code: 94152
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Two-channel HD video installation with stereo sound
Measurements or Duration: Infinite loop, installation dimensions vary
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
Garis and Hahn Gallery, New York City 2013-05-08 2013-07-15
The Block, QUT Precincts, Brisbane 2012-03-28 2012-03-30
MetroArts, Brisbane 2011-06-29 2011-07-16
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Keywords: Contemporary Art, Video Art, Installation, Popular Culture, Screen Culture, Hollywood
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Daniel McKewen
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2016 23:40
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 05:14

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