Friday, February 17, 2006

Fame as Form: A Lightness of Being

California College of the Arts

Presented in Association with SF Camerawork.

Some say glamour is the mirror of emptiness. But to others pop is an ethereal substance, though they mold it like plastic. Star Exercise by Karla Milosevich revives the idle verbal output of Jamie Lee Curtis while Badass Supermama by Etang Inyang engages Pam Grier’s characters as not quite role model. Anne McGuire stalks Mr. Coffee in Joe DiMaggio 1,2,3, and the pixelvision intimacy of Barbie’s Audition spies Joe Gibbons on the casting couch. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kota Ezawa marks the eternal return of the Kennedy/Lincoln parallel. In 1974, Pullout/Fallout by Daniel Barnett turned a James Bond trailer into political commentary. In Bruce Conner’s Marilyn Times Five Monroe poses and repeats “I’m through with Love” while Sid Laverents’ Multiple Sidosis made this amateur a star through form alone. Plus Andy Warhol’s TV Episode 6 features Carlene Carter, Pee Wee Herman, Sparks, and Frank Zappa. (Konrad Steiner)