Wednesday, 15 April 2009


Following the right hand of Sophia Loren in "Too Bad She's Bad"

For his ongoing series, Following the right hand, Pierre Bismuth does just that. He projects a feature film onto a sheet of Plexiglas and painstakingly follows the movements of the lead actress’ right hand with a black marker. The resultant abstract drawings are then enframed over a 30 by 40 inch photographic print of a still image from the film. The image selected by the artist represents the moment that he disengages from the actress, sometimes near the beginning of the film, creating a simple drawing; but just as often near the end of the film, creating an aggressive thicket of marks that almost obliterate the filmic image. In this way, the motion picture is occluded by a chance pattern that constitutes a kind of messy signature made by the actress. There is an undeniably fetishistic aspect of this work, as a portion of its appeal is linked to the actress’s name and aura; at the same time, the focus on the squiggly marks paradoxically negates the film, along with its star, by obscuring them with black ink, frustrating our desire to connect with the screened image. - team ( gallery, inc.)

Following the right hand of Marilyn Monroe in "How to Marry a Millionaire"

Found via the comment left by Paul Pincus on An Aesthete's Lament.


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maison21 said...

really, really cool. really. thanks, HOBAC!

ps- how long before you get an "i bet my child could do better than that" comment?

HOBAC said...

M - nevah, have you forgotten where you is?

maison21 said...

actually, i did forget for a moment that your audience was a bit more sophisticated and savvy than the average. one visits so many mommy blogs, you know.... ;-)

Rose C'est La Vie said...

A cool piece of art. I like it.