Lindsay Lohan is no Charlie Tuna. She’s capable of producing high art. So says artist Richard Phillips, who makes the wild child the subject of 90-second “motion portrait.”
The work, entitled “Richard Phillips’ Lindsay Lohan” will be included in “Commercial Break,” presented by the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Venice, Italy in June, concurrent with the 54th international exhibition of the Venice Biennale;
The collaboration with the actor, according to the Gagosian Gallery, which will display the work, “draws from the conventions of Phillips’ painting, exploring the legacies of classical portraiture in relation to contemporary culture’s mediated representations.
“The film depicts Lohan engaged in a reformulation of classic performance tropes, with references including the iconic imagery of the Homeric identity split of Brigitte Bardot in Godard’s “Contempt” and the psychosexual amalgam of Bibi Anderson and Liv Ulman in Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona.”
To capture the mood, Phillips takes over an isolated Malibu mansion as a “psychologically-charged backdrop, weighted with the desire and speculation of modern cinematic performance.”
Not bad for a girl who is facing house arrest for drunk driving, numerous parole violations and a no contest plea to a jewelry heist charge.
But wait there is more.
“Through Phillips’ frame, the invincible openness that makes Lohan endlessly watchable on film becomes the ignition point of each image—the pause before movement that allows for the identities of actor and director to meld,” according to the gallery.
“Phillips repudiates the cynicism and exploitation associated with the artistic and commercial convention of the screen test—interrogating its manipulative or coersive undertones—and instead uses this form to present the actor separate from media, narrative, and casual representation.”
Whew…! check it out below.