JOHN WATERS IN LONDON
The filmmaker and king of bad taste has a new exhibit of his work up in London.
Fans of Baltimore-raised filmmaker John Waters will be ecstatic to hear that there is a new exhibit of the artist’s work up at London’s Sprüth Magers Gallery. The collection combines Waters’s signature blend of good humor, camp sensibility, sarcasm and biting satire.
In “Beverly Hills John,” Waters has photoshopped a portrait of himself to make it appear as though he’s had a grotesque amount of plastic surgery, he takes the same approach with a portrait of Justin Bieber in a piece entitled “Justin’s Had Work.” The picture seem like a cheeky commentary on the bizarre nature of what passes for normal in the plastic surgery.
Another piece “Shoulda!” juxtaposes portraits of various tragic celebrities, from Whitney Houston to Princess Diana to Amy Winehouse, to line up like a film strip, with a title card saying “She Shoulda Said ‘NO!'” In grouping the women together in storyboard fashion, Waters raises critical questions about the destructive impact of celebrity, and the narrative arc audiences have come to expect—perhaps even demand—of a once-great woman’s downfall.
Exhibit runs through August.