Monday, November 3, 2008
subject echo: "nothing is more fascinating, complex, ugly and beautiful than human beings"
i was struck by Michele Abeles' creepy, artificial, and awesome portraits, which i saw on iheartphotograph.
Yale MFA grad Abeles says: "I am drawn to portraiture because nothing is more fascinating, complex, ugly and beautiful than human beings."
the subject and approach (and sheer blondness) conjured up references for me to Katy Grannan's subject Nicole from her project "Another Woman Who Died in Her Sleep." (discussed previously here, and shown below.) it is interesting how both subjects convey blank despondence and abjection with a similar, limited set of symbols (studios, skinnyness, fake-glamour, wigs, whiteness, beach, etc.).