Thursday, 29 January 2009

Charlie White, Los Angeles artist extraordinaire

Having yesterday posted on the topic of "Carbon Chauvinism", my thoughts turned to Charlie White with a view to commenting on his representation of the alien coexisting in intramundane settings. But this insightful posting on his disturbing work Champion alerted me to the moral complexities of his vision, which is evidently attentive to the eroticisation and exploitation of difference. Hence it is clearly not possible to generalise from a few isolated works some unifying vision of "loving the alien".....

Here is Champion (2006), which evokes for me Pasolini's Salo:

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