Friday, January 22, 2010
LOVE, LOVE Same Taylor Wood. She's so flipping brave and defiant of society's conventions. I've followed all herwork closesly and have honestly never seen anything I didn't love at first sight. Cant wait to see her first feature film, the John Lennon biopic "Nowehere Boy".
White Cube, the gallery that represents her (or at least they did, not sure if they still do) says that the great thing about her work is that, regardless of medium, she examines humanity's shared psychological conditions, the split between being and appearance.
These are stills from the 2 minute film of her performance piece "Pieta". In the film, which is shot in real time, Taylor Wood struggles to support the dead weight of Robert Downey Jnr. Its so beautiful. An homage, of sorts, to Michaelangelo's "Pieta", where the Madonna displays the body of the dead Christ for veneration. RDJ doesnt fake death- its clear he is alive, and Taylor Wood makes no pretence of how heavy he is and she can only support his body by moving her splayed legs onto different levels of the steps she is seated on.
I don't know how to upload videos here yet, but it's on youtube.
Watch it and tell me what you think.