Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cindy Sherman's Film Stills

I have been looking at Cindy Sherman because of the way she depicts women. The angles, poses and settings are very important. I think this would be a good style for me to incorporate into my boards.

Untitled Film Stills # 21, Cindy Sherman, 1978. Sherman reveals gender as an unstable and constructed position, which suggests that there is no innate biological female identity.
Contemporary art often addresses conceptual concepts with political and social significance. Color and color contrasts can contribute to these conceptual meanings.

The American feminist artist Cindy Sherman (1954) is famous for the Untitled Film Stills series (1977-1980) that consist of black-and-white photographs of the artist posing in different stereotypical female roles. Although she poses for her photographs, Sherman’s pictures are not self-portraits in a traditional sense.

Sherman focuses on the consequences of society’s stereotyped roles for women — in this case as a victim of fashion — rather than upon the roles themselves.

Modeling in several roles, she reveals gender as an unstable and constructed position, which suggests that there is no innate biological female identity. On the contrary, women adopt several roles and identities depending on their circumstances. 

Information from
http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/sherman.html




Mirrors, clothes and beds are all important to set the scene for the images.

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